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What is an Enneagram type 7 wing 6 (The Pathfinder)?
People with an Enneagram type seven wing six personality tend to identify most with the seven type, but share many attributes with the six type, as well.  They are usually enthusiastic, responsible, and adventurous in their behavior. They enjoy pursuing new experiences, but are much more able to stick to prior commitments than other seven types.

7w6 Personality Traits

Basic Fear

Sevens with a six wing have a deeply-rooted fear of missing out. They want to be trustworthy and honor commitments, but they also want to leave room to allow for last-minute opportunities.

Basic Desire

Their basic desire is to feel fulfilled and happy. They express this by searching for joy in every small thing that comes their way.

Pathfinders defend themselves by rationalizing away negative feelings. They unconsciously convince themselves that they are happy, even when they are not.

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In summary, Enneagram 7w6 personalities tend to...

  • Justify the actions of others to avoid being upset
  • Value happiness and optimism
  • Fear missing an exciting opportunity
  • Seek satisfaction and gratification
  • Pursue relationships with others

Strengths and Blindspots

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

Strengths that are typically associated with the Enneagram 7w6 personality include...

  • Being productive and cooperative
  • Sensitivity to the feelings of others
  • Remaining optimistic even in stressful situations
  • Thinking thoroughly and quickly

Blind Spots that are typically associated with the Enneagram 7w6 personality include...

  • Being easily affected by others opinions
  • Doubting themselves and feeling anxious
  • Tendency to become bored in a job or relationship
  • Difficulty focusing or remaining organized when stressed
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How Enneagram 7w6 personalities like to work

Communicating with a 7w6

Remain upbeat and optimistic when communicating with a seven; listen to and appreciate their ideas.

Meeting with a 7w6

Clearly communicate what you need from them, while trying to keep meetings lighthearted.

Emailing a 7w6

Include casual conversation and allow for dialogue when emailing.

Giving feedback to a 7w6

While expressing honest and constructive feedback, remain supportive and encouraging.

Resolving conflict with a 7w6

Help them to express difficult feelings; compromise and come up with multiple solutions.


Motivators and Stressors

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction at work, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

7w6 tend to be motivated and energized by...

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

7w6 tend to be drained by...

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

Best Jobs For Enneagram 7w6

Sevens with a six wing are curious and productive. They seek new experiences and relationships, while remaining loyal to friends and family. They thrive in fast-paced environments that allow them to build community, while encouraging them to be creative and adventurous.

Common jobs for people with 7w6 personality types

  • Media Planner
  • Travel Writer
  • Photographer
  • Journalist
  • Pilot
  • Publicist
  • Travel Agent
  • Pilates Instructor
  • Tour Guide

Visual Summary

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