10 May 2023
It's easy to recognize and fall in love with bold, dominant types such as 8w7s. They are at the center of attention as soon as they appear in the room, and their optimism and love for life are contagious.
But what makes the 8w7 type so charismatic? Are they really as strong as they look? If you are ready to learn more about this exciting personality who knows no obstacles on the way to realizing their big wishes, stay with us.
In this text, we will reveal their main characteristics, the things they are most afraid of, the things that give them strength, and the way they behave in different situations.
Let's dive in!
Eights are the most masculine type of the Enneagram—in fact, they are the epitome of raw strength and willpower. Control, ambition, and power are the main themes in their lives. Needless to say, their love lives are usually very exciting, too.
And then we have Sevens—the children of the Enneagram. They are playful, easygoing, and cheerful—hedonism and adventure are what their lives are about.
In the 8w7 Enneagram type combination, all of the Eights’ appetites will be emphasized, and the resulting personality will be more adventurous, creative, and sociable. In other words, this type wants to dominate and enjoy life.
Eights easily become workaholics, but with a Seven wing, pleasure becomes just as important a part of their lives as their work and ambition.
Also, when the assertiveness and willpower of Eights meet with the imagination and versatility of Sevens, they result in a personality that is capable of making all their dreams come true. No wonder they often call 8w7s “the Mavericks”!
Two adjacent types, called wings, surround every Enneagram type. When you have the highest score for Type Eight and a high score for Type Seven on your Enneagram test, you are an Eight with a Seven wing. This means you will also have many of Seven’s characteristics.
Sevens see life as a game, whereas Eights want complete control. Therefore, 8w7s will lose a lot of their weariness and express their energy even more freely. Assertive and outspoken, 8w7s are always a fun type to be around because they enjoy a good joke and are not so concerned with trust issues.
Incredibly vital, energetic, and attractive, 8w7s seem invincible. They are the epitome of action heroes but still have an Achilles' heel.
8w7s don’t save their energy—love for life and the belief that they can do great things are the main sources of strength for this type. Some of their most distinct advantages include:
8w7s may love life a little too much at times—when their hedonistic side takes over, they may exert unhealthy behaviors.
Naturally, so much energy in a single person carries some risk. If you consider both Type Seven’s and Type Eight’s less desirable features, they actually reinforce one another in less desirable ways.
Therefore, the primary weaknesses of this personality type are:
8w7s are aware of their inner strengths but also know they can be their own worst enemies. On the flip side of this ambitious personality may lie a criminal mind that can only be tamed by fame and success.
The 8w7 personality type rarely fears anything outside of themselves. They may have trouble with authorities, but that’s exactly because they do not fear them—most of their concerns stem from the fact that they rely only on themselves.
The things they are most afraid of are:
An 8w7 has many desires. This type wants to have it all in life and is ready to work hard to get it. And, logically, they usually get what they want the most this way.
Their deepest desires include:
8w7s and 8w9s are very different and not easily mistaken for one another.
The first type represents extroverted, sociable individuals who enjoy a good debate and can’t sit still for a long time. They tend to be egocentric and put their needs first.
Meanwhile, the second type is more introverted, level-headed, and collected. These people are also very strong-willed and energetic, but they choose to invest their energy in protecting the community and fighting for those who are less privileged.
Also, the 8w7 Enneagram type enjoys meeting new people, while an 8w9 prefers the company of a few chosen friends with whom they have a deeper connection. The Nine wing makes Eights more introspective and willing to deal with their vulnerability.
On the other hand, the Seven wing makes them more playful and joyousand even less interested in acknowledging their own vulnerability.
This energetic personality type enjoys challenges of all kinds. They will eagerly take part in a debate just for the sake of it, and the energy they put into it may seem too much for other types sensitive to conflict. That’s exactly the point—8w7s simply enjoy exploring different angles, even if it creates a heated discussion.
Other great sources of motivation for this vital type are carnal pleasures, food, and all kinds of physical experiences. One night of passion, one day of skydiving, or a trip to a new destination revives their spirits like nothing else.
Finally, they also enthusiastically dive into new projects and are highly motivated by the results they achieve. They want to conquer life, so each problem they solve and each success they achieve makes them feel a step closer to being in complete control.
The bold and domineering 8w7 is a force of nature and can put up with a lot of pressure from different sources. They can deal with uncertainty and take risks without entering stress mode. But, when they fear losing control over their lives, they may become aggressive, arrogant, and confrontational.
When their first, aggressive reaction turns out to be futile, they withdraw and may direct their anger toward themselves. In that case, they become too self-indulgent and eat, drink, or abuse substances excessively. This is more likely to be the reaction to emotional stress, a breakup, or the loss of a significant person.
When stress is caused by business, 8w7s may also withdraw and start questioning everyone and everything, trying to figure out what went wrong, or becoming obsessed with certain ideas.
Their macho logic does not allow them to ask for help and support. Even though they usually quickly bounce back, they may lose significant amounts of energy just because they want to fight alone.
When it comes to work, the 8w7 type is rather entrepreneurial and determined to make their mark in the world. They often choose to build a career within a corporate environment, in which case they will climb the corporate ladder incredibly fast. However, they are just as likely to start their own business and use their charisma to attract associates. They won’t stop until they accomplish what they envisioned.
They are energetic, driven leaders who inspire and motivate people almost instinctively. Their intuition and excellent communication skills also make them invincible negotiators, so they often become highly respected managers.
As team players, they will energize the team but will naturally tend to take the leading role. They can’t stand authority for long and will use every opportunity they get to take command. This may make them look intimidating in the eyes of people with lower energy levels.
Also, an 8w7 is a natural-born businessperson who prefers being on top or working independently. They become their own bosses sooner or later in life, either by choosing freelance roles or by starting their own businesses.
This type can accomplish anything they put their minds to. Their entrepreneurial skills, combined with passion and creativity, make them amazing leaders, but they can also be great entertainers and artists.
8w7s want to make something big, build their empire, and leave a legacy for their loved ones. But they also want to have fun and enjoy life while they work their way to success. Having this in mind, we can say that some of the best career choices for them include:
This type will always resist and avoid authorities as much as they can. Any job that isn't challenging enough, stifles their spirit, or is based on too many rules and procedures triggers the wrath of 8w7s. For this reason, the least favorable career choices for them are:
The Eight Wing Seven combination often attracts fame. Even though they are not motivated to become famous, they still aim for success, and fame is usually just something that happens to them.
Some of the most famous 8w7 celebrities are:
Now that you know so much about the 8w7 Enneagram personality type, it’s time to wrap up.
Here are a few key points to take away before you go: