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What’s Obvious; what’s not | Type 7

What’s obvious; what’s not | Type 7
Sometimes stating the obvious can be a good reminder about each Enneagram type; sometimes we forget what is most apparent. There are also aspects of each type that are not-as-obvious, yet quite intriguing. This 9-part blog series, one for each Enneagram type, reviews three central and obvious aspects of each Enneagram type. You can also use the YouTube link below to hear and see three non-obvious features of this type.

What’s obvious
Optimism
Sevens are the most optimistic of all the Enneagram types, followed by type 9 and type 2. Their highly positive outlook on almost everything is matched by their effervescence and contagious enthusiasm. Even if things are not great today, Sevens can reframe events and experiences so they appear and seem more positive than they actually are. And, after all, tomorrow will be a better day! The seven optimism is combined with a sense of responsibility to keep everything upbeat and to make sure everyone is happy.

Pain avoidance
Seeking positive experiences and thinking about stimulating ideas also helps Sevens avoid pain and discomfort, especially, but not limited to, feelings of sadness, anxiety and even deep anger. Their motto is this: “Don’t worry; be happy.” They also think it is their role to help others avoid pain whenever possible.

Options
Sevens believe that possibilities are endless and that every option possible should be available to them. In this way, they equate having an unlimited universe of choices with being free. When Sevens do perceive their options as being closed, particularly by someone else or special circumstances, they become agitated, angry, deeply frustrated, and even sad. The truly believe that no one has the right to limit them.

What’s non-obvious
Light-beings | Did you know that a highly developed Seven becomes akin to a light-being?

Grounding | Want to know why grounding from the feet doesn’t work well for Sevens?

Fatigue | Although Sevens can act like energizer bunnies, do you know what makes them really tired?

Learn more about what is non-obvious in Sevens on The Enneagram in Business YouTube channel; click here!

Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD, the author of seven Enneagram-business books, is a speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach. She provides certification programs and training tools for business professionals around the world who want to bring the Enneagram into organizations with high-impact business applications, and is past-president of the International Enneagram Association. Visit: TheEnneagramInBusiness.com | ginger@theenneagraminbusiness.com

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