Enneagram Personality Type Seven – The Enthusiast

Key Motivations:
Want to maintain their freedom and happiness, to avoid missing out on worthwhile experiences, to keep themselves excited and occupied, to avoid
and discharge pain.


L1 At Their Best : People whose  default personality is type Seven, assimilate experiences in depth, making them deeply grateful and appreciative for what they have. Become awed by the simple wonders of life: joyous and ecstatic. Intimations of spiritual reality, of the boundless goodness of life.

L2 Highly responsive, excitable, enthusiastic about sensation and experience. Most extroverted type: stimuli bring immediate responses-they find everything invigorating. Lively, vivacious, eager, spontaneous, resilient, cheerful.

L3 Easily become accomplished achievers, generalists who do many different things well: multi-talented. Practical, productive, usually prolific,
cross-fertilizing areas of interest.

Feeling that something better is available somewhere else (The grass is greener….)


L4 As restlessness increases, want to have more options and choices available to them. Become adventurous and "worldly wise," but less focused, constantly seeking new things and experiences: the sophisticate, connoisseur, and consumer. Stimulation, variety, keeping up with the latest trends important.

L5 Unable to discriminate what they really need, become hyperactive, unable to say "no" to themselves, throwing self into constant activity. Uninhibited, doing and saying whatever comes to mind: storytelling, flamboyant exaggerations, witty wisecracking, performing. Fear being bored: in perpetual motion, but do too many things-many ideas but little follow through.

L6 Get into conspicuous consumption and all forms of excess. Self-centred, demanding and impatient, never feeling that they have enough. Insistent and pushy, yet unsatisfied and jaded. Addictive, hardened, and insensitive.

That their activities are bringing them pain and unhappiness


L7 Desperate to quell their anxieties, can be impulsive and infantile: do not know when to stop. Addictions and excess take their toll: debauched, depraved, dissipated escapists, offensive and abusive.

L8 In flight from self, acting out impulses rather than dealing with anxiety or frustrations: go out of control, into erratic mood swings, and compulsive actions (manias).

L9 Finally, their energy and health are completely spent: become claustrophobic and panic-stricken. Often give up on themselves and life: deep depression and despair, self-destructive overdoses, impulsive suicide.

Stress Point 1                        Security Point 5