Enneagram 7w6 VS 7w8 Comparison: Which Wing Are You?

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Enneagram 7 Wing Comparison Blog

Enneagram type 7s are called The Enthusiast. You have a wing 6 or a wing 8. In this blog, we’re comparing the Enneagram type 7w6 with the 7w8. Whether you’re a wing six or a wing eight is going to affect how you move through your day.

Welcome to Making Mindfulness Fun! We are continuing our enneagram wing comparison series and we are on the Enneagram Type 7, a.k.a The Enthusiast.

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We are comparing the Enneagram 7w6 with the 7w8 so you can find out which one you truly are. Because whether you’re a wing six or a wing eight is going to extremely affect how you move through your day. Let’s do this!

Why Does My Wing Matter?

Before we continue, remember that your enneagram wing does not change your core desires. Your enneagram type determines your core desires and core fears. Your enneagram wing determines your behaviors. See the difference? Recognizing your wing can also help you avoid mistyping! If neither of the wings seems to resonate with you, then you might have mistyped.

We are comparing the 7W6, known as “The Entertainer,” versus the 7W8, known as “The Realist.” By knowing your wing, you can live in better alignment and fulfill your core desire with ease.

Enneagram 7w6 vs 7w8
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Enneagram Type 7 Overview

The enneagram type seven is called the enthusiast. Your core desire is to have fun and be happy. As a 7, you are playful, excited, energetic, enthusiastic, and social. Your core desire comes from the fear of feeling negative emotions and discomfort. Sticking to a schedule and embracing silence don’t come naturally to you.

But depending on your wing, how you go about fulfilling this core desire for fun and positivity will be different. If you are a 7w6, you’re looking to have fun while also needing routine whereas, if you are a 7w8, you care less about safety and are driven to have fun by challenging yourself.

Enneagram 7w6 vs 7w8 Comparison

In the enneagram, one wing is considered more “extroverted” and the other more “introverted.” This doesn’t mean you have to be an introvert or extravert to be a certain wing, it just means you are going to have louder or quieter tendencies depending on which wing is dominant. When it comes to sevens, however, you won’t see much of a difference in extraversion because 7s are very social people.

Enneagram 7 Wing Balance
In the enneagram, one wing is considered more “extraverted” and the other more “introverted”

The enneagram community says that the goal is to have balance in your wings but we disagree (to some extent). Yes, you should have space in your life where you embrace each of your wings but it doesn’t matter if they are balanced. We believe that it’s extremely important that we know our dominant wing.

The reason for this is that your wing plays a big role in lifestyle and habits. By knowing your wing, you can know what kind of habits and what way of life will bring you peak happiness.

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Especially for you, wonderful type 7! You know that your core desire is to have fun and that your growth is to step into the stable and focused nature of a 5, but do you know where in your life you want to achieve that core desire?

Read below and compare whether you think you are an enneagram 7w6 or 7w8…

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Enneagram 7w6

The biggest difference between the 7w6 and 7w8 is the 7w6 wants to have fun and a routine that keeps them stable whereas, if you’re a 7w8, you care more about having fun and challenging yourself.

The 7w6 is called “the entertainer.” They take on the appearance of the loyalist in some aspects, meaning that they seem cautious, routine-oriented, and community-focused.

These people can seem a bit anxious when it comes to uncertainty and adventure. 7w6s’ are social butterflies and they love to be part of community events, throw parties, volunteer, etc.

Enneagram 7 Wing Comparison
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As a 7w6, you care a lot about your stability. Sevens in general love to have fun, but with a six wing, you want routine and a stable source of income so you can optimize your fun time.

If you are a 7w6, you must have routines and systems in place that keep you in check and provide you with the grounding you deeply desire.

Enneagram 7w8

Like I said earlier, the 7w8s’ core desire is to have fun and challenge themselves. It is extremely important to the 7w8 that they are testing their limits, whether it is physically or mentally, and getting their adrenaline fix.

As a 7-wing 8, you care more about challenging yourself, not so that you can be the best, but because it keeps the fun high.

The 7w8 takes on the appearance of the challenger in some ways, meaning that they are more brave, gritty, bold, and more intense. You have endless amounts of energy, more than the w6, and it needs to be directed.

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What can often happen is that you take your core desire for fun combined with a need for challenge and use it to start a debate or conflict that can get you on people’s bad side.

On the other hand, you can repress this powerful energy and it turns into anxiety. If you are a 7w8, make sure you are getting this energy out in healthy ways!

Type 7w8s love to be around people, same as the 7w6, but how they want to socialize with others is very different. You must find those like-minded people who want to adventure with you and push you outside your comfort zone.

Reminder For Enneagram 7
One last reminder to enneagram 7s reading this blog…

Noticing Your Wing Throughout Your Day

Throughout your day, notice when you’re embracing your 6 wing and when you’re embracing your 8 wing.

Do you feel happier when you have stability, community, and less adventurous activities on your plate? Or do you feel better when you are pushing yourself, challenging yourself physically, and being bold?

Do you have a better idea of what your wing is? Hopefully, you do! Thanks for reading.

Still don’t know if you’re a 7w6 or 7w8? The Enneagram Cheatsheets are FREE and will walk you through the whole process of typing for your Enneagram and MBTI!

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