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TYPE 7: THE PLEASURE PLANNER

 



"If you take the game of life seriously, …turn on, tune in and drop out."
Timothy Leary
"Grown ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them."
Antoine de Saint-Exuprey (The Little Prince)
"Oh I get by with a little help from my friends, Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends."
John Lennon
"Follow your bliss."
Joseph Campbell

Snapshot
Sevens are based in the Head Center. They see the world as a series of endless options. They love to plan pleasure, meaning they schedule one activity after another in order to avoid boredom or becoming involved in emotionally–charged issues. Sevens are adventurous, spontaneous and have vivid imaginations. They strive to accumulate life's experiences and often feel they can see the world in a grand scheme although this is in a general way. All of these behaviors help Sevens avoid pain.


Best Example of a Famous "SEVEN": MICK JAGGER
Celebrities Public Figures Characters
Ram Dass Sarah Ferguson Peter Pan
Bruce Willis Joseph Campbell Auntie Mame
Cameron Diaz Rajneesh Zonker (Doonesbury)
Groucho Marx Tom Wolfe Sam Malone (Cheers)
John Belushi Timothy Leary Indiana Jones
Carol Burnett Steven Speilberg James Bond
Lucille Ball Howard Stern Saint Exupery’s Little Prince
Jim Carrey Benjamin Franklin Hippies
Joan Rivers Peter Ustinov Maude
Lauren Bacall Leonard Bernstein The Wizard (Wizard of Oz)
Elton John Marianne Williamson Roger Rabbit
Tom Robbins Liza Minnelli  
Robin Williams Geraldo Rivera  
Larry King Noel Coward  
Susan Lucci Gene Roddenberry  
Goldi Hawn Carl Jung  
Regis Philbin Michael Jordan  
Zsa Zsa Gabor Mozart  
Steve Allen    
Tim Allen    
Chevy Chase    
Robert Downey, Jr.    

Quick Profile

Sevens are the bon vivants, the Peter Pans, the eternal youths, flying high on life's stage and living in Technicolor dreams of the future, forever refusing to grow up. The problem with being a Seven is that what goes up must come down.

Sevens are a curious mix of being permissive, easy to forgive, individualistic and effusive, while also being emotionally dry, cool and critical. They are self-serving and persuasive in their focus on being freely spontaneous. They skate on the surface of life as they avoid being bored or becoming involved in emotionally charged issues. They fear wallowing in the world of feelings which is an arena they are not comfortable with.

Sevens experience life almost entirely in their minds, which jump from one interesting thought to another. They seek to accumulate exciting, pleasurable experiences and stimulating prospects for the future. In short, they "plan pleasure" on a continuous basis and follow through by scheduling one activity after another. Sevens are often accomplished generalists, reflecting their optimistic, wide-ranging curiosity and enthusiasm.

Their compulsion to avoid being deprived, bored or in pain can result in frenzied escapism, self-centered impulsiveness and destructive insatiability. They can be flamboyant storytellers, worldly-wise sophisticates, and multi-talented innovators.

People are attracted to Sevens because of their zest for life and talent for sharing adventures and fun. In relationships they are generous, light-hearted and caring, although not always emotionally present. At their best they assimilate experiences in depth, develop a joyous, ecstatic appreciation and sense of wonder for all life experiences.


Are You a Seven? How many of these do you identify with?

As A Seven:
  • I am usually regarded as friendly, attractive and charming and have lots of friends and acquaintances.
  • I like to keep my calendar full, so full that I often have a back-up activity planned in case the first one falls through.
  • I love travel and excitement and discovering new places, people and foods.
  • When my friends are sad, I'm pretty good at cheering them up and getting them to see the bright side.
  • I rarely hold grudges and seem to get over disappointments and broken hearts more quickly that most other people.
  • I don't like to admit it, but I probably spend more than I should most of the time.
  • I'm kind of a renaissance man. I can do many things well.
  • I'm always planning fun and different activities in the future for my friends and me.
  • I like to say whatever pops into my head unexpectedly. It has been known to cause a few problems.
  • I almost always figure out how to get what I want.
  • I can sometimes go back and forth between feelings of superiority and inferiority.
  • In relationships I'm committed to keeping feelings fresh through sharing lots of the activities I like such as play, sex, mental pursuits, etc.
  • I have a hard time with emotionally needy, clingy and depressed people.
  • I'm a natural storyteller and entertainer, and I love the attention it gets me.
  • I'm not always the fun-loving, confident person I appear to be. I can be serious, and sometimes I'm even vulnerable and fragile.

In Enneagram Terms:
Also known as: The Enthusiast, The Epicure, The Visionary, The Dilettante
The Main Plot: The main character (a 7 of course) sees herself as a really fun, happy person whose mission in the movie of her life is to fly from one fun adventure to another and explore all the exciting, limitless possibilities the world has to offer.
Chief Feature: Planning
Basic Motivation: the need to be happy and plan fun things, to contribute to the world, to avoid suffering and pain by keeping the mind occupied constantly, to maintain freedom and not miss out on any valuable experiences.
Basic Fear: of being deprived and in pain.
Basic Desire: to be satisfied and have needs fulfilled
Focus of Attention: "What can we do next?" Planning fun and interesting things in the future. Keeping many options open all the time and avoiding pain and emotional discomfort.
Passion: Gluttony
Virtue: Sobriety
Psychological Defense Mechanism: Rationalization -- it's using a kind of mental storytelling to justify behavior that is unacceptable to our conscious mind.

 

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