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Enneagram 8w7 - An Overview of 'The Maverick'

Summary of what is an Enneagram Type 8w7?

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An Enneagram Type 8 values their independence and strength of will. Type Sevens enjoy making optimistic plans and are attracted to fun and interesting experiences that distract them from pain. In the Enneagram, Type Eights are adjacent to Type Sevens. Therefore some Type Eights share a few of the inclinations of Type Sevens. These are known as Type Eights with a Seven-wing, or Type 8w7.

What is an Enneagram 8w7?

What is a Type 8 wing 7 on the Enneagram?

Type Eights seek challenging ways to develop their strength and display their power as a way to protect themselves from harm. Adventurous Type Sevens are always seeking new experiences. Type Eights with a Seven wing, frequently written as 8w7, are daring risk-takers who seek out challenging new experiences and accomplish awe-inspiring feats. Both sociable and competitive, they often develop a cutting sense of humor. Particularly in their youth and at unhealthy levels, they enjoy provoking others to lose their temper through pranks and teasing. They are very interested to find out what others are made of, and they feel that the best way to do this is to find them at their worst. As they grow and mature, they usually learn that with most other types, this sort of behavior damages rather than builds relationships.

Leaning into the charisma of Type Seven, 8w7s attract a dedicated following by articulating inspiring visions, encouraging people to tackle challenges, and offering protection. Eager to leave their mark on the world, they often excel as entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and political leaders. They sometimes get into trouble by exaggerating external threats and promising more than they can deliver in order to win loyalty and respect. Type Eights with a Seven wing tend to be more impulsive, confrontational and aggressive than the Type Eights who access the traits of their other neighbour, Type Nine.

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An Enneagram 8w7 can attract a dedicated following by articulating inspiring visions, encouraging people to tackle challenges, and offering protection.


Type 8 Primary Enneagram type
8w7 Type Eight with Type Seven wing

A healthy Enneagram 8w7 are often able to attract students to their causes by charismatically expressing themselves. Their story can help inspire visions and encourage people to tackle obstacles. Type 8w7s are keen to leave their mark on the world, they often excel as entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and political leaders.

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Type 8w7 Type Eight Wing Seven

Here are some of the key traits to a Type 8w7 personality.

  • Supporting of others (particularly weaker people)
  • Value their independence
  • Can struggle to open up and be emotional
  • Builds strong friendships with others
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Did you know: When unhealthy and stressed, an Enneagram 8w7 is prone to becoming guarded and withdrawing from others due to fear of being controlled.

Type 8w7 Fears and Desires

A list of the core fears and desires of Enneagram 8w7 Types

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


Things Enneagram 8w7 Types should avoid

Core Fear: 8w7 Types maintain a vigilant watch over the spheres of influence that they establish for themselves. They might view encroachments as attempts to control them.

  • Losing a fight
  • Being controlled or limited by others
  • Unable to control their own affairs


Things Enneagram 8w7 Types should seek

Core desire: 8w7 Types are acutely conscious of their image. They are less concerned about whether they are liked; it's usually more important to them to be feared or respected.

  • To make their mark on the world
  • To be seen as a strong protector for the vulnerable
  • To prove and display their power

Type 8w7 Strengths and Weaknesses

A list of the main Enneagram Type 8w7 strengths and weaknesses

Every Enneagram type, even types with wings such as 8w7, has strengths and weaknesses. These are personality traits that help and others that hinder.

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Type 8w7 Strengths Type 8w7 Weaknesses
A sincere desire to make the world a better place Sometimes a harsh sense of humor
Ability to gain the confidence, trust, and loyalty of others Exaggeration of promises
Inspiring loved ones and followers with confidence and a sense of security May manipulate others by evoking fear
Willingness to take risks for the sake of the vulnerable Consider creating drama to keep boredom away
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Eights with a Seven wing have the potential to become great leaders when they treat those within their circle with the same respect that they themselves expect, when they allow loved ones the independence they demand for themselves, and when they are led by their motivation to create safe spaces for others rather than to merely defend themselves.

Data: Distribution Between Core Type 8 vs Type 8w7 vs Type 8w9

Is one wing type more common than the other?

Some Type 8s do not exhibit wing traits significantly enough to say they have a wing. When this happens we say they are a 'core' Type 8. Not all Type 8s have a wing, indeed 8w7 is quite rare and 8w9 is very rare.

Figure 1: Type 8 vs Type 8w7 vs Type 8w9


What this chart shows

This chart shows that 94.6% of Type 8s do not have a wing type, in other words they are 'core' Type 8s. We see that 5.1% of Type 8s are 8w7 and only 0.3% are 8w9. This shows that there is little overlap between Type 8 and Type 9.

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  • 2. Population: global
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Type 8w7 Career Choices

What are some of the common career choices for Enneagram 8w7 Types?

All personality types are naturally drawn to certain careers over others. Here we have compiled a list of three sectors that Type 8w7s have a proclivity for and three that are likely to clash with a Type 8w7 personality type.

Career choices

  • green tick Athletic Coach
  • green tick Therapist
  • green tick Personal Trainer
  • red cross Research Assistant
  • red cross Administrative Staff
  • red cross Restaurant Wait Staff
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Understandably, this career list is not prescriptive. There will be many Enneagram Type 8w7 careers that are successful and in the 'not recommended' sectors.

Famous People With Type 8w7

Which famous people are Enneagram Type 8w7?

These famous individuals have the personality Type 8w7. Are you also 8w7? Do you recognize any personality similarities you can relate to?

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Donald Trump

45th US President and business tycoon

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Gordon Ramsay

British chef and TV personality

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Mikhail Gorbachev

Russian and former Soviet politician

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Steve Jobs

Designer and Investor, he was the co-founder of Apple

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Joan Crawford

American Actress, famous for roles in films such as 'Mildred Pierce'

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Frank Sinatra

Ol' Blue Eyes was a 20th century singer and actor.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

FDR was a former US president


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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 8w7 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.