The Social 7w8 Enneagram (A Complete Guide)

This article will take a look at the social subtype of enneagram 7w8 as well as other instinctual variants that type 7s carry along the way despite the variation in their wings. Furthermore, the article will highlight some traits of the type 7w8 enneagram so the audience has a better understanding of the topic under discussion.

Enneagram Type 7w8s Social Subtype – A Guide 

This is an interesting behavior to note because the type 7w6 may have to choose a middle ground when it comes to interacting with others. This is because at one end they want to have fun and let go and this may transgress on the rights of others or simply their comfort level while on the other hand the type 7w6 does not allow people to achieve the social idealism they desire.

They will have to stick with groups and respect as well as uphold their values and limit their own desires to forward the greater good for the sake of the community.

Social Sevens desire to not act on their gluttonous impulses and hide them behind charitable behavior. They will deny themselves in order to provide more for others and are often the responsible figure or helper in a group or family. They are enthusiastic, joyful and idealistic, but also conflicted by their more selfish motivations for being altruistic. They may rationalize behaviors, telling themselves and others they behave a certain way out of concern for others.

In this article, we will take a look at other subtypes of the type 7 enneagram and also explain what instinctual variants are. The article will also introduce the type 7 enneagram in detail to the audience.

The 7w8 Enneagram: The Opportunist

The 7w8 enneagram that is also known as the ‘Opportunist’ is one that is mostly made up of traits from the type 7 enneagram but shares some traits with the type 8 enneagram too. Compared to most type 7 enneagrams, these individuals are more committed and hard working in their work going the extra mile. They like to put work first and ensure they have completed their tasks or assignments. This is powered by the innate determination they have to get done with whatever they have promised to get done. The 7w8 enneagram is also more tough in their behavior and a bit protective – they like to remain composed.

At the same time they are very enthusiastic individuals. They like to be energetic in whatever they do rather than take a sluggish or half hearted approach in what they do. They are keen to get things done and take an interest in whatever is on their schedule that needs attention.

Like other enneagrams, these ones also like to seek new opportunities and make the best out of them. They are gratification seekers and don’t want to miss out any experiences that they come across. At the same time, they have a very optimistic attitude about life and like to be happy! 

They have an extroverted trait to them as well. The type 7w8 enneagram is fond of being around other people and loves to interact, socialize and have fun. They like to attend public events or gatherings where they can meet new people, relax and just enjoy the moment and live in it. Hence, these people are great to call to parties or gatherings because they keep things alive and going and don’t let anyone feel left out or bored – they are the life of the party!

It is obvious that one fear these enneagrams have is missing out on the fun going around them. Hence they may fall into a dilemma when it comes to commitments or letting go and just having fun. However, their personality tends to pull them more towards their commitments and hence they are able to pull through and show how reliable they are – making the right choices at the right time matters.

Fears & Desires – 7w8s

Although they want to be committed and come out as reliable people others can depend on because they ensure they meet tasks, the 7w8 enneagram is scared of missing out on new experiences. They do not want to be deprived of what life has to offer them and this puts them in a difficult spot. Why? They have a number of commitments and work tasks to meet so it is not always possible to let go of things and do what they want when they want to.

These guys just want to be happy and content. They want to be assured that they have not missed out on anything that they wanted to try. Being happy is an integral part of their peace and they do usually attain this by surrounding themselves with people that they get along with, like or are new and can thus get to learn more about them. They like to travel around the world and be part of new cultural or social experiences and see how things are different in other parts of the world.

The type 7w8 enneagram also likes to attend parties. It gives them a chance to relax and meet new people and just socialize and hence get lost in the moment. 

What Are Instinctual Variants?

In order to survive and thrive human beings have generally developed three types of behaviours that allow them to respond to threats, socialize with others and form close relationships with people – these are known as self preservation, social, and one to one behaviours respectively.

These behaviours are defined by subtypes and there are a total of 27 subtypes which means that each enneagram has 3 subtypes in total just like the type 7 enneagram which we highlighted above. 

We have subtypes because they allow us to react to different situations immediately with little awareness and effort – this allows us to deal with various situations without putting too much thought and effort into it. Hence, we as individuals may behave differently in different situations but generally in the same manner across a wider continuum.

Some people see their primary subtype quite quickly, while for others it’s a matter of study over time. Those who know us well may offer some useful feedback, since we don’t always see ourselves objectively.

In this article, we will take a look at the subtypes of the type 7 enneagram in detail!

The Instinctual Variants Of The Type 7w6 Enneagram

Let us take a look at the other 2 subtypes of this enneagram one by one

Self Preservation

They like to plan with their family and invest their time and energy here. These are the types of people who love to go on trips with their relatives, plan dinners or go out for meals and enjoy intimate family gatherings where everyone can sit back and relax and laugh together.

They are quite dependent on their family for love and support as well as keeping them company. They will often travel long distances to meet up with them. They will have some close friends who are just like family to them.

However, the type 7w6 enneagram can have issues with over stimulation; they may get carried away in all the merry and eat too much or stay up late and hence affect their health.

One-to-One: Suggestibility/Fascination – The Adventurer

Suggestibility works both ways. This subtype can be influenced easily by the attraction of new ideas, adventures and people, falling into a state of fascination or entertainment. The one-to-one Seven also has great powers of suggestion, and can use personal charm to lead people into a new paradigm, a new purchase or a new relationship.

Self Preservation 7w8s – What Are They Like?

The self preservation 7w8 has the following habits or traits:

  • Keep Strong Networks
  • Emphasize Planning
  • Take Calculated Risks
  • Not As Brave As They look
  • Thrifty


This article took a look at the type 7w8 enneagram and their self preservation as well as other subtypes. The article also shone light on what instinctual variants are and what happens when the type 7w8 enneagram goes into stress.


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