Type 3 and Type 7 Relationship

Learn about Enneagram types and relationships

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What is an Enneagram Type 3?

People with an Enneagram type Three personality tend to be ambitious, adaptable, and enthusiastic in their behavior. They are driven and love to set and accomplish goals. They tend to adjust their roles, actions, and expressions to every setting or people-group in order to best fit each environment.

What is Enneagram Type 7?

People with an Enneagram type Seven personality tend to be enthusiastic, adventurous, and spontaneous in their behavior. They love seeking out new experiences. They are people-oriented and enjoy pursuing new relationships.

Communication

How can Threes and Sevens communicate effectively with each other?

Threes and Sevens are both confident, extroverted, and idealistic. Threes tend to be more success driven, as they seek value and acceptance from others, while Sevens tend to be spontaneous and lively, motivated by the need for fulfillment or contentment.

Threes should be upbeat and positive when communicating with Sevens.

Sevens should be direct and encouraging when addressing Threes.

Resolving Conflict

How can Threes and Sevens resolve conflict?

Threes and Sevens should through problems step-by-step. Threes should be honest, but gentle with Sevens by addressing their perspective calmly. Sevens should acknowledge negative feelings around Threes, recognizing that even negative opinions should be expressed to help better resolve conflict.

Building Trust

How can Threes and Sevens build trust?

Threes tend to trust Sevens who share their adventures openly. Sevens should invite Threes to join in activities and encourage them to pursue new opportunities.

Sevens generally appreciate Threes who enjoy last-minute social activities. Threes should be encouraging and lively around Sevens.

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Working Together

How can Threes and Sevens work together?

Threes are usually driven and logical, while Sevens tend to be more relaxed and risk-taking. Threes bring efficiency and practical decision making to a workplace. Sevens offer creative thinking and optimism. Threes can help Sevens commit to longer-term goals, while Sevens can help Threes feel more comfortable trying new things.

Dealing with Change

How can Threes and Sevens deal with change?

Many Threes and Sevens will generally adapt well to a new or unexpected situation. Their ability to process quickly and remain positive helps them adjust easily.

Managing Stress

How can Threes and Sevens manage stress?

Threes and Sevens need to seek to understand what brings stress to one another and should try to avoid causing it when possible.

Threes are easily stressed by…

  • Stress from feeling as though they need to constantly entertain
  • Repetitive failure or difficulty solving a problem
  • Being perceived negatively
  • Working to reconcile their own emotions

Sevens are easily stressed by…

  • Schedules, rules, and limits
  • Negativity from those around them
  • Unnecessary and boring routine
  • Lack of choice or freedom

Threes should avoid pushing Sevens to follow an unnecessary routine or schedule.

Sevens should help Threes feel comfortable enough to let their guard down by encouraging and supporting them.

Encouraging and Motivating

How can Threes and Sevens encourage and motivate each other?

Threes and Sevens can encourage and motivate each other in their personal and professional lives.

Threes are motivated by…

  • Accomplishing what they set out to do
  • Feeling loved and accepted by others
  • Having new goals to achieve
  • Public-speaking or meeting new people

Sevens are motivated by…

  • Creative or trendy aesthetics
  • Multiple choices or options
  • Meeting and getting to know new people
  • Parties, concerts, and other large gatherings

Threes can motivate Sevens by giving them the freedom to pursue new opportunities.

Sevens can encourage Threes by recognizing their accomplishments.

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