You are a seeker and somebody who goes out into the world to learn new things. You need plenty of novelty and stimulation and tend to respond to life with high enthusiasm. You tend to have many or deep friendships and connections that you work hard to maintain. At work and to friends, it is important for you to feel seen.
We see these types as curious but easily bored types that seek lots of novelty and new stimulation. The sevens tend to focus on what is next, and can sometimes appear to be in a rush. Struggling to settle down and to take things more slowly. Seekers can be restless, but also eventful and interesting types, always with something new going on in their life.
Enneagram 7 Short Description
Nickname: The Explorer, The Novelty-Seeker
Mindset: “My to-do list is MASSIVE. I’ve got so many projects going on and so much to do, I’m not sure when I’m going to have an evening to myself this month. Often, I’ll start on something in the day, but I’ll get distracted by something new and cool, and start working on something completely different.”
Positive drive: Enthusiasm
Negative drive: Disappointment
Enneagram 7 – The Seeker
The seeker type is a perceiving type in their nature, which means, they are mainly oriented by their perception and by a need to reflect on their perception. To think about what they see and to experience and explore and understand.
They are positive and perhaps a bit chaotic, what is next, what could happen, and what could be behind that door? The Enneagram 7 is generally enthusiastic – the world is perceived as something interesting, but the seven can also struggle with disappointment.
Openness types search for something, but when they don’t find what they seek, they have to handle the dissatisfaction with this. The Seeker may find that what they find does not meet their expectations. This can cause them to appear restless, they are always looking for something new, and there is always the next step. When you have an exploring mindset, you essentially see the world as full of mysteries and secrets, there are things waiting to be found, new places to be, and things to try. The Enneagram 7 is the embodiment of this mindset.
An openness mindset makes us perceive the world as full of wonder. At their best, the Enneagram 7s believe that there are grand mysteries, and wonderful sights waiting for them. It is important however to not become fickle in this: search for mysteries that interest you, look in places that you find yourself drawn to.
Investigate things that you find can be worthwhile and rewarding. With an exploring mindset, you are always pulled forward by an almost invisible force. Sitting still, you feel as if there is a current behind you, pushing you on. You are typically fast-paced and forward-oriented. There is a next button on everything, and seekers like to skip forward. They are usually the first to a new place and dislike having to wait behind in a line.
Because they are always searching for something, Enneagram 7s can be perceived as restless and always on the move. Friends may feel that they can never sit still, and the Seekers are always coming up with ideas for new places to visit, or new things to do. It is important for the Seeker that what they experience will meet their expectations, so Enneagram 7 types are always thinking things through, will it be fun, will I enjoy it, what will happen?
They have an insatiable curiosity. But they are always wrestling boredom. If they can not feed their curiosity, they can become ever increasingly restless. They can start stirring up trouble or drama, just to make things interesting. Being restless, people can always count on fun things happening around you. People who have an Enneagram 7 friend will always find new things to do and new places to go to.
Curious – Bored
The curious nature of the Seeker is perhaps their most distinguishing feature. They seem more interested than most, and love to see new things and to try out new things. Full of questions, they like to wonder about what could happen next. Bored, however, they start to reveal a more difficult side.
Seekers can feel lost and dissatisfied with life. They can feel as if nothing new ever happens, as if every day is the same. Their need for change is great, and it is important for them to reinforce this in themselves on a daily basis. Being bored is an experience, sure, but why should you be when you know so much other things going on.
With that said, the Enneagram 7 will not enjoy just about anything. All Enneagram 7s have their own unique interests and hobbies. iNtuitives will find themselves pulled to far more abstract exploration, and Sensors will find themselves more interested in great sights, adventure, and action. Introverts may be comfortable exploring things more close by, at home, or inside their own heads, where extroverts may be more drawn to books, people, and mysteries around them.