11 April 2009

Enneagram: 7

The magical child

Essence: Absorption
Holy idea: Holy Work
Holy path: Sobriety
Chief Feature: Planning
Passion: Gluttony
Idealization: "I am okay."
Talking style: Stories
Trap: Idealist
Defense Mechanism: Rationalization
Avoidance: Pain, Frustrations, constraints, limits, getting enmeshed in suffering.
Dichotomy: Inferior/Superior
Strengths: Playful, optimistic, inventive, life-loving.
Paradox: Seeking the positives of life and avoiding the dark side is limiting. Trying to avoid pain creates pain.

Path of development:
Realize it is limiting to seek only the positive
Make and fulfill commitments
Simplify, live in the present moment
Learn to become more aware of others
Allow pain and uncomfortable emotions

Ultimate task: Recognizing the escapism in the pursuit of experience and idealized future plans. Reclaiming and accepting all of life in the present moment: pain, fear and limits as well as pleasure, joy and options.

The Busy, Variety-Seeking type:
Spontaneous, Versatile, Acquisitive, and Scattered

Sevens are extroverted, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous. Playful, high-spirited, and practical, they can also misapply their many talents, becoming over- extended, scattered, and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting experiences, but can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go. They typically have problems with impatience and impulsiveness. At their Best: they focus their talents on worthwhile goals, becoming appreciative, joyous, and satisfied.

Basic Fear: Of being deprived and in pain
Basic Desire: To be satisfied and content—to have their needs
Enneagram Seven with a Six-Wing: "The Entertainer"
Enneagram Seven with an Eight-Wing: "The Realist"
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.

When moving in their Direction of Disintegration (stress), scattered Sevens suddenly become perfectionistic and critical at One. However, when moving in their Direction of Integration (growth), gluttonous, scattered Sevens become more focused and fascinated by life, like healthy Fives.