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Enneagram 7w8 - An Overview of 'The Realist'

Summary of what is an Enneagram Type 7w8?

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Type Sevens believe in creating beautiful and pleasurable experiences. Type Eights focus on securing luxuries and comforts for themselves and those they care about. In the Enneagram, Type Sevens are adjacent to Type Eights. Therefore, some Type Sevens share a few of the traits, motives, and fears of Type Eight. These are known as Type Sevens with an Eight Wing, or Type 7w8.

What is an Enneagram 7w8?

What is a Type 7 wing 8 on the Enneagram?

Type Sevens are playful and dreamy, while Type Eights are down to earth. Type Sevens usually rely on their quick wits and creative minds to create the situations they desire while Type Eights rely on their strength and willpower, but both are assertive in going for what they want. A Type Seven with an eight wing is unstoppable.

"Realists" are generally more independent than are Type Sevens with a six wing. Their humor can be pretty off-beat and sometimes biting. They strive for material success and are often highly accomplished. The tough resilience of Type Eight gives them a thicker skin, allowing them to take greater risks without as much fear of getting hurt. They don't care much what others think, although they are not averse to attracting the attention of people who admire their care-free approach.

In their determination to accomplish goals, Type Sevens can easily rationalize hurting those they perceive as standing in their way. Type Sevens with an eight wing are good at distracting themselves from regrets, but pain eventually catches up with them – both their own as well as that of friends, admirers, and loved ones who may have suffered for standing in their path.

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Although they tend to be practical and strategic thinkers, with superb organization skills, Realists often have outrageous tastes for the bizarre as well as for the sumptuous.


Type 7 Primary Enneagram type
7w8 Type Seven with Type Eight wing

Healthy 7w6s are vivacious, creative, and highly sociable with a strong zest for life. Their drive to deliver the most positive possible outcome in any situation guarantees that they are skilled planners and organizers.

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Type 7w8 Type Seven Wing Eight

Here are some of the key traits to a Type 7w8 personality.

  • Strong conversationalists
  • Wide circle of friends and acquaintances
  • Rapidly generate plans, ideas, and solutions
  • Value optimism and happiness
  • Justify harmful actions
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Did you know: When unhealthy and stressed, Enneagram 7w8 Types are prone to become more perfectionistic and critical of themselves and others.

Type 7w8 Fears and Desires

A list of the core fears and desires of Enneagram 7w8 Types

Enneagram types have fears and desires - things to avoid and things to seek.


Things Enneagram 7w8 Types should avoid

Core Fear: Type 7w8s fear a lack of new opportunities for experiences:

  • Being told "no"
  • Facing past mistakes
  • Being micromanaged


Things Enneagram 7w8 Types should seek

Core desire: Type 7w8s are driven to realize their dreams. In particular, they desire:

  • Immediate gratification
  • Power and esteem
  • Material wealth

Type 7w8 Strengths and Weaknesses

A list of the main Type 7w8 strengths and weaknesses

Every Enneagram type, even types with wings such as 7w8, has strengths and weaknesses. These are personality traits that help and others that hinder.

Info Table
Type 7w8 Strengths Type 7w8 Weaknesses
Setting and achieving goals Can become aggressive and domineering
Clear and direct communication Lack of sensitivity to feelings of others
Strategic thinking and organization Blunt in communication
Generosity Lack of patience
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Type Sevens know exactly what they want in life. Their ability to single-mindedly pursue goals despite obstacles, setbacks, and bad press inspires the admiration of many.

Data: Distribution Between Core Type 7 vs Type 7w6 vs Type 7w8

Is one wing type more common than the other?

Some Type 7s do not exhibit wing traits significantly enough to say they have a wing. When this happens we say they are a 'core' Type 7. Not all Type 7s have a wing, as we see in our research results below.

Figure 1: Type 7 vs Type 7w6 vs Type 7w8


What this chart shows

This chart shows that 89.2% of Type 7s do not have a wing type, in other words they are 'core' Type 7s. We see that 6.7% of Type 7s are 7w6 and 4.1% are 7w8.

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  • 2. Population: global
  • 3. Dataset last updated:

Type 7w8 Career Choices

What are some of the common career choices for Enneagram 7w8 Types?

All personality types are naturally drawn to certain careers over others. Here we have compiled a list of three sectors that Type 7w8s have a proclivity for and three that are likely to clash with a Type 7w8 personality type.

Career choices

  • green tick Travel Writer
  • green tick Sales Manager
  • green tick Motivational Speaker
  • red cross Administrative Assistant
  • red cross Debt counselor
  • red cross Librarian
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Understandably, this career list is not prescriptive. There will be many Enneagram Type 7w8 careers that are successful and in the 'not recommended' sectors.

Famous People With Type 7w8

Which famous people are Enneagram Type 7w8?

These famous individuals have the personality Type 7w8. Are you also 7w8? Do you recognize any personality similarities you can relate to?

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Sacha Baron Cohen

British actor and comedian

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Elon Musk

Canadian-South African inventor and entrepreneur

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Quentin Tarantino

American film director

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Boris Johnson

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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John F. Kennedy

American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

American astrophysicist and Science Communicator

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Thomas Muller

German professional football/soccer player


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Have we missed anyone?

Our research is always ongoing so please let us know if you think we've missed a noteworthy Type 7w8 worth highlighting.


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Chloe Yarwood, MSc

University of Chichester, Advanced Applied Psychology

Chloe Yarwood, MSc in Advanced Applied Psychology from University of Chichester. Specialist in personality type theory and developing valid personality questionnaires.