Enneagram Type 7 Wings: 7w6 and 7w8

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The core focus of Enneagram type 7

Enneagram type 7
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
- Joseph Campbell

Early in life we develop an initial belief about ourselves and a compensation for that self-belief.

  • Type 7 Initial Self-Belief: “I am not satisfied as I am.”

    Type 7 Compensation: "I must stay open to exciting possibilities that may become available in life and avoid limitations on my pursuits."

Over time this gets generalized beyond the self into a core focus that also shapes how we perceive and interact with the world at large.

  • Type 7 Core Focus: Enthusiasm comes from possibilities that lead to something interesting, exciting, or satisfying. This requires that I anticipate whether a path might lead to something positive or negative. The positives are pursued while the negatives are avoided, reframed, or escaped from.

    Personality characteristics that might arise from the type 7 core focus include:

    • Likes to keep options open for fear of missing out in life
    • Escapes pain and boredom by quickly moving on to something else
    • Avoids commitments/obligations that feel limiting and restrictive
    • Equalizes relationships with authority to avoid being limited by them
    • Attempts to lighten up situations when they become too serious
    • Mind quickly jumps between possibilities when excited about an idea
    • Lives in anticpation of fun and exciting future possibilities
    • Difficulties following through to completion on projects
    • Skates on the surface of feelings for fear of getting stuck in them

The wings of Enneagram type 7

Type 7 Wings

The wings are represented by the numbers on either side of a given type as seen on the Enneagram symbol or diagram. These types are said to have an additional influence upon the type being looked at. The wing types for type 7 are type 6 and type 8.

Although type 7 is influenced by both wings, an individual will generally be influenced more by one of the wings than the other. The wing with more influence is said to be the preferred or dominant wing.

  • 7 wing 6 (7w6) - preferred 6 wing
    Common Name: The Entertainer

    • more playful and optimistic
    • more concerned with being liked
    • more sensitive and agreeable
  • 7 wing 8 (7w8) - preferred 8 wing
    Common Name: The Realist

    • more practical and realistic
    • more aggressive in getting needs met
    • more direct and opinionated

What Enneagram authors say about 7w6 and 7w8

Enneagram 7w6 Enneagram 7w8

Below are samplings from some popular or well-known Enneagram authors. Click on the sources after the descriptions to further explore these interpretations.

  • The Seven with a Six-Wing: The Entertainer
    They are often curious and creative, with an excellent sense of humor and a more positive outlook than the other subtype. They are generally productive but can lose focus, become scattered, with less follow-through than the other subtype.1

    The Seven with an Eight-Wing: The Realist
    They are determined to get what they want from life; they think straegically and can rapidly oranize their internal and external resources in pursuit of their desires. They can be aggressive and have the willpower and drive to take care of their own needs.1

  • Seven with a Six Wing (7w6): With a lighter, more whimsical vibe, these Sevens charm and connect with others easily. They often gravitate to mystical ideas like synchronicity.2

    Seven with an Eight Wing (7w8): With a more pragmatic approach, these Sevens are not afraid to hustle and get things done. They tend to be ambitious and straightforward.2

  • Sevens with a Six wing may be more overtly fearful and deliberate.3

    Sevens with an Eight wing may be more assertive and direct.3

  • Enneagram Type 7w6 by Ian Morgan Cron

    Enneagram Type 7w8 by Ian Morgan Cron

    Sevens with a Six wing (7w6) are more settled than other Sevens. Fueled by the conscientiousness of the Six, they give both projects and people more time before moving on to the next thing. These Sevens are sensitive and a bit more anxious, but they successfully use charm to disarm.4

    Sevens with an Eight wing (7w8) are competitive, bold and aggressive, persuasive and assertive in relation to their ideas and agendas, and they usually get their way. Still, they are playful, and having a good time is more important to them than gaining power.4

  • Sevens with a more developed Six wing tend to be more loyal, endearing, responsible, and anxious.5

    Sevens with a more developed Eight wing tend to be more exuberant, aggressive, competitive, and meterialistic.5

  • Seven With a 6 Wing
    They are generally more oriented to relationship and want to be accepted by other people. Can be steady, more willing to stick with commitments; the 6 wing brings a longer sense of time.6

    Seven With an 8 Wing
    Leap aggressively to the defense of those they care for. Generally have a strong self-confidence for worldly matters and getting what they want.6

To learn more about the basic type 7 or one of the wing types click on a link below.

Enneagram Tests to Help Determine Wing

Enneagram wings

The wing types of an Enneagram type are the types on either side of a type as seen on the Enneagram symbol.

Although both the wing types have an influence on the type between them, one wing type is often preferred over the other.

This preferred wing type has a stronger influence than the non-preferred wing type and creates a variation of the type (e.g., 9w8 vs. 9w1).

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