Type 7 and Type 8 Relationship

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What is Enneagram Type 7
(The Adventurer)?
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.

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What is Enneagram Type 8
(The Protector)?
People with an Enneagram type Eight personality tend to be self-confident, powerful, and assertive in their behavior. They love engaging in debates and are skilled at making difficult decisions. They are fiercely independent and hate being reliant on others.

Communication

Enneagram Type 7 & Type 8 Communication

How can Sevens and Eights communicate effectively with each other?

Enneagram Sevens are driven by the need to feel fulfilled, while Eights are motivated by a desire for personal autonomy.

Sevens should be direct and clear when communicating with Eights.

Eights should be optimistic and sincere when addressing Sevens.


Resolving Conflict

Enneagram Type 7 & Type 8 Conflict

How can Sevens and Eights resolve conflict?

Sevens should directly communicate issues with Eights; they need to stand their ground when sharing. Eights should avoid being overly harsh in discussion. Sevens and Eights should each take ownership of their contributions to the negative situation, while working together to reach a compromise.


Building Trust

Enneagram Type 7 & Type 8 Trust

How can Sevens and Eights build trust?

Sevens are likely to trust Eights who are patient and supportive. Eights should make an effort to avoid negativity around Sevens.

Eights tend to trust Sevens who share their opinions. Sevens should help encourage Eights to be positive and pursue new opportunities.

Working Together

Enneagram Type 7 & Type 8 Working Together

How can Sevens and Eights work together?

Sevens tend to be spontaneous, creative, and flexible, while Eights are usually assertive, logical, and independent.

Sevens offer innovative ideas to a workplace. Sevens can help Eights think unconventionally.

Eights bring fair, balanced decision-making to a work environment; they can help Sevens think through difficult choices.


Dealing with Change

Enneagram Type 7 & Type 8 Change

How can Sevens and Eights deal with change?

Sevens tend to adapt well to new situations, as they are generally intrigued and excited by the positive aspects of change.

Eights are also relatively adaptable, given that the change doesn’t impact their personal freedom.


Managing Stress

Sevens and Eights need to seek to understand what brings stress to the other type and should try to avoid causing it when possible.

Enneagram Type 7 & Type 8 Stress

Sevens are easily stressed by...

  • Schedules, rules, and limits
  • Negativity from those around them
  • Unnecessary and boring routine
  • Lack of choice or freedom
Enneagram Type 7 & Type 8 Stress

Eights are easily stressed by...

  • Feeling unimportant or insignificant
  • Facing vulnerable or emotional situations
  • Others’ dishonesty or misdirected blame
  • Feeling out of control or helpless

Sevens should avoid making demands around Eights, while Eights should avoid being overly negative around Sevens.


Encouraging and Motivating

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

Enneagram Type 7 & Type 8 Encouragement

Sevens are motivated by...

  • New ideas and experiences
  • Creative or trendy aesthetics
  • Meeting and getting to know new people
  • Parties, concerts, and other large gatherings
Enneagram Type 7 & Type 8 Encouragement

Eights are motivated by...

  • Taking charge and leading others
  • Feeling free, understood, and respected
  • Making decisions that help other people
  • Logical and practical ideas and solutions

Sevens can motivate Eights by sharing appreciation for their thoughtful advice.

Eights can encourage Sevens by sharing in an adventurous experience.


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