Caring for Sevens
“For Sevens more is always better. They want more food, more sauces, more drinks, more fun, more parties, more travel adventures, more money, more attention, more projects, more impactful work, more adrenaline, and, above all, more happiness and side-splitting laughter! They want all the things! Their passion for more makes them prone to have a monkey mind. Distractible Sevens may have 29 windows open on their computer—while simultaneously talking on their phone, listening to music, and watching a movie! Bob Goff, a famous and funny Christian author and speaker, exclaimed, ‘I’m a Seven so my brain looks like fireworks!’” (Healthy Feelings, Thriving Faith, p. 188 ).
These three factors may contribute to someone becoming a Seven:
- Family formation role: Cheerleader
- Root sin: Self-indulgence
- Defense mechanism: Idealizing situations and people
The Seven personality is expressed and related to largely through emotions like these:
Felt need: Have pleasure
Head type: Hiding emotions behind thinking
Core emotion: Anxiety about juggling so many balls
Stress emotion: Angry when people disappoint them
Underlying sadness: Only feeling wanted if they make people happy
Emotional alarm: Wandering attention
How Sevens Become Like Jesus
“As the supreme Seven Enthusiast, the Lord Jesus is ‘full of joy’ (Luke 10:21). He brings us ‘more and better life’ than we ever dreamed of (John 10:10 MSG). This joyful life is not a flash in the pan—it produces an enduring contentment that’s cheerful, yet sober” (Healthy Feelings, Thriving Faith, p. 196).
“[G]et your head in the game . . . let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness” (1 Peter 1:13 MSG).
Christlike Virtue to Cultivate
Key Soul Care Practice
Wing Type(s): Six and/or Eight
Stress Type: One
Growth Type: Five
* Learn more and dive deeper into your wings, growth, and stress types with our resource, "Your Enneagram Map: Guides for Each Type to grow Emotionally & Spiritually."