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The enneagram is the most accurate personality test I had ever took in my entire life. I am a type 7.

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  • Sevens are enthusiastic about almost everything that catches their attention.
  • They approach life with curiosity, optimism, and a sense of adventure
  • They are bold and vivacious, pursuing what they want in life with a cheerful determination.
  • They have a quality best described by the Yiddish word “chutzpah”—a kind of brash “nerviness.”
  • They tend to be extremely practical and engaged in a multitude of projects at any given time.
  • Their thinking is anticipatory: they foresee events and generate ideas “on the fly,” favoring activities that stimulate their minds—which in turn generate more things to do and think about.
  • Sevens are not necessarily intellectual or studious by any standard definition, although they are often intelligent and can be widely read and highly verbal.
  • Their minds move rapidly from one idea to the next, making Sevens gifted at brainstorming and synthesizing information.
  • Sevens are exhilarated by the rush of ideas and by the pleasure of being spontaneous, preferring broad overviews and the excitement of the initial stages of the creative process to probing a single topic in depth.
  • Sevens are frequently endowed with quick, agile minds, and can be exceptionally fast learners. This is true both of their ability to absorb information (language, facts, and procedures) and their ability to learn new manual skills—they tend to have excellent mind-body coordination, and manual dexterity (typewriting, piano playing, tennis). All of this can combine to make a Seven into the quintessential "Renaissance person."
  • Because they are able to pick up many different skills with relative ease, it becomes more difficult for them to decide what to do with themselves. As a result, they also do not always value their abilities as they would if they had to struggle to gain them.
  • They are out of touch with the inner guidance and support of their Essential nature.
  • They do not feel that they know what to do or how to make choices that will be beneficial to themselves and others.
  • Sevens cope with this anxiety in two ways. First, they try to keep their minds busy all of the time. As long as Sevens can keep their minds occupied, especially with projects and positive ideas for the future, they can, to some extent, keep anxiety and negative feelings out of conscious awareness.
  • Sevens are compelled to stay on the go, moving from one experience to the next, searching for more stimulation.
  • They generally enjoy being practical and getting things done.
  • Second, Sevens cope with the loss of Essential guidance by using the “trial and error” method: they try everything to make sure they know what is best. On a very deep level, Sevens do not feel that they can find what they really want in life. * They therefore tend to try everything—and ultimately may even resort to anything as a substitute for what they are really looking for.
  • While they are scrambling after exciting experiences, the real object of their heart’s desire may be so deeply buried in their unconscious that they are never really aware of precisely what it is.
  • As Sevens speed up their pursuit of whatever seems to offer freedom and satisfaction, they tend to make worse choices, and they are less able to be satisfied because everything is experienced indirectly, through the dense filter of their fast-paced mental activity.
  • Sevens end up anxious, frustrated, and enraged, with fewer resources available to them physically, emotionally, or financially. They may end up ruining their health, their relationships, and their finances in their search for happiness.
  • Sevens are extremely optimistic people—exuberant and upbeat.
  • They are endowed with abundant vitality and a desire to fully participate in their lives each day.
  • They are naturally cheerful and good humored, not taking themselves too seriously, or anything else for that matter.
  • The Basic Desire of Sevens is to be satisfied, happy, and fulfilled, and when they are balanced within themselves, their joy and enthusiasm for life naturally affect everyone around them. They remind us of the pure pleasure of existence—the greatest gift of all.
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