Enneagram Type 7: “The Adventurer”

Below is a ‘checklist’ of sorts to determine whether or not you could possibly be a Type Seven in the Enneagram of 9 Personality Types. Seven is the Adventurer (also referred to in other sources as the Epicure, Optimist, Entertainer, Rationalizer). I am again quoting from The Enneagram Made Easy by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele.  In general, Sevens are “motivated by the need to be happy and plan enjoyable activities, to contribute to the world, and to avoid suffering and pain.” They are described as “fun-loving, spontaneous, imaginative, productive, enthusiastic, quick, confident, charming, curious” at their best. They can also be “narcissistic, impulsive, unfocused, rebellious, undisciplined, possessive, manic, self-destructive, restless” at their worst.

The most common types Myers-Briggs types for Type 7 are ESTP, ESFP, ISTP, ENTP, and ENFP.  Slightly less common are ESTJ, ISFP, and ENFJ.

Consider these statements in regard to your own personality, especially as you would have related to them before age 25 or so. Or if you’re not a Seven, you may recognize someone you know in here!

1. I enjoy life.  I am generally uninhibited and optimistic.

2. I don’t like being made to feel obligated or beholden.

3. I am busy and energetic.  I seldom get bored if left to do what I want.

4. I often take verbal or physical risks.

5. I usually pick upbeat friends who have similar goals.

6. I’m not an expert in any one thing, but I can do many things well.

7. My style is to go back and forth from one task to another.  I like to keep moving.

8. I seem to let go of grievances and recover from loss faster than most people I know.

9. I like myself and I’m good to myself.

10. I like people, and they usually like me.

11. I usually manage to get what I want.

12. I value quick wit.

13. I am idealistic.  I want to contribute something to the world.

14. I vacillate between feeling committed and wanting my freedom and independence.

15. I am often at ease in groups.

16. When people are unhappy, I usually try to get them to lighten up and see the bright side.

17. I love excitement and travel.

18. Sometimes I feel inferior and sometimes I feel superior to others.

19. I usually say whatever is on my mind.  Sometimes it gets me into trouble.

20. I can make great sacrifices to help people.

Are you a Seven? Do you know a Seven? Let me know!  I happen to be married to one. :-)

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Enneagram Type 6: “The Questioner”

Below is a ‘checklist’ of sorts to determine whether or not you could possibly be a Type Six in the Enneagram of 9 Personality Types.  Six is the Questioner (also referred to in other sources as the Loyalist, Skeptic, Guardian, Rebel). I am again quoting from The Enneagram Made Easy by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele.

In general, Sixes are “motivated by the need for security.  Phobic Sixes are outwardly fearful and seek approval.  Counterphobic Sixes confront their fear.  Both of these aspects can appear in the same person.” They are described as “loyal, likable, caring, warm, compassionate, witty, practical, helpful, responsible” at their best. They can also be “hyper-vigilant, controlling, unpredictable, judgmental, paranoid, defensive, rigid, self-defeating, testy” at their worst.

Those who are Type 6 could easily be any Myers-Briggs type since they are so varied.  The most common types, though, for Type 6 are ESFJ, ISFJ and ENTJ.  Other strong possibilities are ISFP, ENTP, INTJ, INTP, ENFJ, and INFJ.  Slightly less common are ESTJ, ISTJ, ESTP, ESFP, ISTP, ENFP and INFP.

Consider these statements in regard to your own personality, especially as you would have related to them before age 25 or so. Or if you’re not a Six, you may recognize someone you know in here!

1. I am nervous around certain authority figures.

2. I am often plagued by doubt.

3. I like to have clear-cut guidelines and know where I stand.

4. I am always on the alert for danger.

5. I take things too seriously.

6. I constantly question myself about what might go wrong.

7. I often experience criticism as an attack.

8. I often obsess about what my partner is thinking.

9. I can be a very hard worker.

10. My friends think of me as loyal, supportive, and compassionate.

11. I’ve been told I have a good sense of humor.

12. I follow the rules closely (a phobic trait); or I often break rules (a counterphobic trait).

13. The more vulnerable I am in my intimate relationship, the more anxious and testy I become.

14. I tend to either procrastinate or plunge headlong, even into dangerous situations.

15. I am very aware of people trying to manipulate me with flattery.

16. I like predictability.

17. I have sabotaged my own success.

18. I can support people through thick and thin.

19. Being neat and orderly helps me to feel more in control of my life.

20. I dislike pretension in people.

Are you a Six?  Do you know a Six?  Let me know!