Enneagram 8w7 -The Independent-

Enneagram type 8 wing 7: The Independent is a subtype that results from the encounter of types 8 and 7, which means that Eight’s natural determination and leadership meets some of Seven’s charisma and social skills.


The enneagram 8 wing 7 overview

The final product of this mix is a subtype that is very pragmatic and that will do whatever it takes to accomplish their goals. They are very self-confident and ambitious. 8w7 don’t settle for anything, they always seek more. They are also strategic and tough if needed.

Considering these two Enneagram types are not part of the same triad, this crossing point between the Head Triad (7) and Gut Triad (8) creates a new type that combines overthinking with instinct when it comes to making decisions. To feel safe, they become very self-protective and eventually get intensively aggressive too. Setting clear boundaries and showing their authority gives them assurance and advantage to get prepared for different situations. However, they also struggle for love and support. They need a safe space they can trust and gives them care and assurance.

Enneagram 8w7s are idealistic and imaginative people, they are highly creative and perfectionists when they feel comfortable. They master their field and consider themselves the best when they hold specific positions that allows them to make important decisions.

Enneagram Type 8 The Challenger
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Enneagram 8w7 Personality Traits

Basic Fear

Enneagram type 8 wing 7’s most basic fear is to lose control of their life. Their stomach gets knots when they think about uncertainty and being adrift in such a threatening world. Due to this survival instinct and honoring their Triad, they become self-protective like a dog sitting in the front yard. They reject other people’s authority and run away from it. Their autonomy is non-negotiable and highly valued. That’s why they don’t settle easily, they are ambitious and work hard for their independence and security. However, accepting their vulnerability and embracing it will give them their self-confidence back and make them feel even safer. 

Basic Desire

Enneagram 8w7’s most basic desire is to be powerful and in control of their lives. They want to use their power for noble causes, but also to feel resourceful and always a step ahead of others. The shining lights of their ideals guide their path towards glory, where they can show their abilities and attention to detail. They wish to be strong and they seem to be. That’s why they spent a lot of time trying to build a steady and fearful figure around them.

Enneagram 8w7 Strengths

Enneagram 8w7 strengths come right from their leadership material. They are very analytical and protective, and also charismatic and innovative people. It’s easy for them to connect and emphasize with others, so people usually listem to them as they tend to use logical and reliable arguments. They like being in charge and making big decisions for others. Like a ship captain, they know how to remain calm and decide whether or not to turn the rudder when necessary. Steady and organized, they have a strong potential and as they are completely aware of it, they don’t hesitate to use their potential to reach the top.

Enneagram 8w7 Weaknesses

Enneagram 8w7 weaknesses are related to their need for control and assurance. As they are very sensitive people that can almost smell other people’s intentions, they’re not scared of showing how aggressive they can be if they feel threatened. Sometimes they are visionaries too, and this makes them very impatient, authoritarian and bossy. This attitude can drive them away from others, and makes them feel lonely or hard to connect with. As they feel rejected their defense mechanism strengthens to protect themselves.

How Enneagram 8w7 personalities like to work

Learning how each personality works gives us powerful insights. It helps us overcome different situations and improve our relationship potential. Let’s check some vital points to learn about Enneagram type 8 wing 7.

Communicating with an Enneagram 8w7

Communication must be eloquent and direct. It should address the goals and anything that may encourage them to share their ideas.

Meeting with an Enneagram 8w7

Encourage 8w7s to discuss innovative solutions and ask them for better ways to do things. They are very organized, so their inputs are usually useful.

Emailing an Enneagram 8w7

Only follow up on email when strictly necessary. Remember to be kind and warm so they will feel comfortable to open up to you. 

Giving feedback to an Enneagram 8w7

When giving feedback it’s important to be clear, proactive and respectful. They really value constructive feedback that helps them improve.

Resolving conflicts with an Enneagram 8w7

Share your feelings and vulnerabilities, this will allow them to lower their defenses and share their feelings too. 

Enneagram 8w7 Motivations

Enneagram 8w7 types feel motivated when they can go outwards and make the world their own. They love independence and freedom, working in a scalable environment where they can grow and reach their best version. They also enjoy being around optimistic people that encourage them to keep fighting for their goals.

Enneagram 8w7 Stress

Enneagram 8w7 types stress out when people don’t listen to them. If others complain they are being too bossy, they get frustrated and may isolate themselves. Being controlled brings out the worst of them. Insecurity takes over if they are challenged by other people and they can’t fight back.

Enneagram 8w7 Jobs

The most common jobs for Enneagram type 8 wing 7 are: Performer, Politician, Director, Entrepreneur, Financial Advisor, Pilot, Lawyer, or Sales Director. Anything that allows them to can exploit their potential and spread their powerful leadership it’s great for them. They are innovative, ambitious and logical. Nothing can go wrong.

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