Enneagram 8w7

Enneagram Type 8w7: The Nonconformist

If your enneagram test shows that you’re a 8w7, it means that you’re an eight personality and with a few traits from seven wing types.

Since 8 is the dominant wing, 8w7s are charismatic and enjoy challenging themselves and others. Sevens desire to enjoy life, they love risk taking, and being social.

When you combine the eight and the seven wing, you end up with someone who is social, confident, and ambitious. Out of the nine personality types, an 8w7 is extremely comfortable with conflict.

What Are Enneagram Type 8w7 Personality Traits?

Basic Fear

Enneagram 8w7 has a basic fear of being controlled by others. An 8w7 wants to be in control of their own lives and own emotions. Because of this they don’t like authority figures and would rather work independently.

Basic Desire

Enneagram 8w7 has a basic desire to have control. Not only does an 8w7 want control over their own life, but they also have a basic desire to help others be “free” as well. 8w7s believe everyone should have their own free will.

In an attempt to always appear in control (and never come off as weak), 8w7s will deny their vulnerabilities. If necessary, an enneagram 8w7 will avoid a situation entirely if they think it will showcase one of their weaknesses.

To Summarize:

  • Support the rights of others.
  • Practical thinkers.
  • Scared to lose control.
  • They’re capable of setting large yet realistic goals.
  • Have a hard time being emotionally honest or showing weaknesses.

What Are The Strengths Of An Enneagram 8w7?

When placed in a setting of various backgrounds- whether it be a diversity of beliefs or upbringings, a personality types’ weaknesses and strengths will be intensified.

An Enneagram 8w7 Personality Type Shows The Following Strengths:

  • Coming up with logical and fair decisions.
  • Building meaningful relationships with others.
  • Thinking of optimistic and innovative plans.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Does not hesitate to share what’s on their mind.

Enneagram 8w7 Weaknesses

An Enneagram 8w7 Personality Type Shows The Following Weaknesses:

  • Impatient.
  • Tendency to splurge on themselves.
  • Lack of respect or acknowledgment for authority figures.
  • Can be insensitive to others’ feelings.

Work Life With An Enneagram 8w7

When Communicating With An Enneagram 8w7:

  • Keep things logical and direct.
  • Make sure to listen and encourage dialogue from them.

Enneagram 8w7 In Meetings:

  • Give an 8w7 the opportunity to share what they think is important and their ideas.
  • Address purpose of meeting directly.

Emailing An Enneagram 8w7:

  • Keep emails short and to the point.
  • Let them share their ideas and opinions.

Sharing Feedback With An Enneagram 8w7:

  • Make sure to be respectful but honest.
  • Be encouraging.

Conflict Resolution With An Enneagram 8w7:

  • Share your side in a clear and direct way.
  • Allow them to explain their side of the situation.
  • Come to an agreement together.

What Motivates An Enneagram 8w7

Each Enneagram will have different motivators, since they are all driven by different value systems. Enneagram type 8w7’s key motivation is being in control of themselves.

Here Are Some Examples:

  • Being in groups of people.
  • Having freedoms within their work environment.
  • Making positive and realistic choices.
  • Working out as a way of working through their own emotional needs.

What Are The Stressors For An Enneagram 8w7?

Every Enneagram responds to stress differently and will have different triggers.

An Enneagram 8w7 will be stressed by:

  • Feeling like they have lost control.
  • Sorting through their emotions.
  • Being viewed as overly self confident or controlling.
  • When others pity their self, surrender their own control.

It is possible for an unhealthy 8w7 to develop antisocial personality disorder, especially if they become too stressed. It is best to receive a physician’s independent judgment before self-diagnosing, however.

What Jobs Best Suit An Enneagram 8w7?

People who are an 8w7 enneagram type are action takers that love pursuing new opportunities and ideas. They envision big plans for themselves and are dedicated to seeing them through.

They are self sufficient and will thrive in an environment that gives them the authority to make a difference.

Here Are Some Examples:

  • Actor/Actress
  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Pilot
  • Entrepreneur
  • Sales Executive
  • Director
  • Financial Advisor


An enneagram 8w7 has the charisma and drive on an 8, with some sociable traits of a seven wing. 8w7s are largely centered around control: whether they have full control or no control. The want the autonomy to make their own decisions and want to help others do the same for themselves.

An 8w7’s basic desire is to have full control over themselves and have the opportunity to dream big. Their biggest fear is losing control and they hate reporting to authority figures.

If you want to motivate an 8w7, surround them with other people and loosen up the reigns so that they can make their own choices. They will become stressed in scenarios where they might be perceived as weak.

If you want to work well along side an 8w7, it’s important to make them feel heard. They want to be in charge of themselves, so treat them as your equal and do not boss them around. If you need something of them, be direct and polite about it.

An 8w7 will work best in an environment that offers them freedoms. Specifically, creative freedoms. This enneagram type likes to come up with ideas, so if they’re given the space to do so they will thrive.

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