This article will look at different ways on how to tell whether you are a type 7 enneagram or not. The article will look at the type 7 enneagram generally and also shed light on its fears, desires and their traits.
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Here are 4 ways to determine whether or not you are a type 7 enneagram:
- Childhood Experiences
Before we explain how these help determine whether you are a type 7 enneagram or not, let us take a look at what an enneagram is!
What Are Enneagrams?
The enneagram is a typology system which describes human behaviour as a set of interrelated parts with each part having unique characteristics and behaviours or a set of defining traits that distinguish it from other parts in the system. This typology has a total of 9 parts of enneagrams that have different personalities and hence titles. For example, there is the enneagram type 1 which is also known as the Reformer and they have unique traits such as strong moral values, strive for integrity and may at times be judgemental.
At the same time, this personality system assumes and believes that no one person is of a single type – that is they cannot be a type 1 or type 9 purely but will be influenced by other adjacent types that are also known as wings. These wings influence but do not change the overall personality type.
How To Tell If You Are A Type 7 Enneagram?
Let us take a look at how you can tell whether or not you are a type 7 enneagram!
If you are a type 7 enneagram then there are some pointers that can help you determine whether or not you truly are a type 7 enneagram. Firstly, one must take notice of whether or not you fit the general personality of this enneagram. Do you behave like them and whether or not you possess the same traits! For example, the enneagram type 7 loves to have fun and hence they can become reckless.
Secondly, the type 7 enneagram has certain fears and desires. If you have the same ones then you can also be a type 7 enneagram – their fears and desires are quite distinct so hence you can easily determine whether or not you are someone who has the same fears and desires of the type 7 enneagram.
Another way to determine whether or not you are a type 7 enneagram is by taking a look at your past – specifically your childhood. There are specific experiences that the type 7 enneagram child had in their earlier life which affects their personality and also their later adult life. If you think you have the same experiences as a type 7 enneagram would have had in their childhood, then it is possible you have the same personality as the type 7 enneagram.
These are great ways to tell whether or not you are a type 7 enneagram. In the upcoming section, we will take a look at the traits, fears, desires and childhood experiences of the type 7 enneagram so you can see whether or not you have the same ones!
An Introduction To The Type 7 Enneagram
These individuals are versatile and spontaneous! They have a lot of energy in them and they like to be in high spirits! However, by continuously working themselves out, they can get tired and become exhausted and hence lose focus. They will become distracted and lose track of the goal they had in mind. It is obvious then that they have problems with impulsiveness and impatience.
Overall, these individuals are joyful and cheerful and that is what they emanate when they are around others. At their best, they want to focus on worthy goals that use their talents and strengths.
These enneagrams have been called enthusiasts because of the energy with which they approach the things in life that catch their eyes! They are like children who have a lot of energy, optimism and curiosity about the things that seem interesting to them. Furthermore, they are intelligent not in the sense of academics but in a way that they can process a lot of information and hence brainstorm in an effective manner.
However, their ability to read and process much information and hence learn new skills can sometimes confuse them about what they are actually meant to do in life!
The basic fear of this enneagram type is to be in pain. They absolutely hate pain and they do not want to be deprived in any manner. They will avoid situations where they might get hurt emotionally or physically because they do not want to deal with the experience or feeling of pain. However, because of this fear, they often miss out on worthwhile experiences.
However their fear of missing out does encourage them to take up routines that are not too structured and allow for last minute plans. They may even be unable to focus much on the task at hand because they are looking for a more interesting experience – one that will make them let go of what they are doing and scramble outside for some fun!
To be satisfied and fulfilled or content is the desire of this enneagram type 7. They want to feel complete and whole so that they do not have to rely on anyone else for their needs. It is also linked to their fear of being in pain and deprived. Hence, they strive to fulfill their needs in an independent manner and wish to be in a state that renders them safe.
At the same time, they do not want to miss out on joyful, stimulating and awesome experiences from life! They want to be part of the fun and seek excitement and joy from what they are doing. They want to feel happy and this leads them to oftentime justify or rationalize their negative feelings in a way that they are responsible for how they feel – even if it isn’t their own fault!
Enneagram Type 7 Childhood – Their Childhood Story
The enneagram type 7s childhood experiences are unique in this way that they did not experience the love or comfort that they required or in the amount that they required. They experienced a lack of love from their caretaker who could have been their parents or grandparents or even older siblings – in some cases their foster parents.
Oftentimes there are many reasons as to why the type 7 enneagram did not receive the love or care they need and these could include:
- The death of the caretaker
- Domestic abuse at home
- Child abuse by the caretaker
- Frequent drug or alcohol usage at home
- Inability of caretaker to provide love and comfort
- Separation from caretaker due to war like conditions or state action
However, the type 7 enneagram became self-sufficient and hence they not only realized that they could not depend on others for the love they needed but also that they could find other distractions.
This realization that they could not look towards their caretakers or family for love, security, comfort and nurturance indeed made them independent. At the same time, they fixated on materialistic things that could take away or fill up the emptiness inside of them; during their childhood such children can be seen obsessing about their toys or food because those are the only things that ‘stay’ with them. They are probably less likely to develop strong bonds or friendships or will easily be turned off by other kids who don’t know how to have fun.
This behaviour is seen not only during their childhood life but also in their later adult life where they become reckless, seek out distractions, are more likely to take risks and fall into harmful behaviours such as taking drugs and consuming alcohol in large amounts.
This article took a look at the type 7 enneagram and how someone can determine whether or not they have the same personality. The article highlighted a number of areas of the type 7 enneagram that the audience should study in order to determine if they have the same personality; some of these areas included the fears and desires of the type 7 enneagram as well as their childhood experiences.