The Enthusiast has either the 6 or the 8 wing that is dominant. If you are the Enneagram Type 7 and you have the 6 wing, then you are called The Pathfinder. If you have the 8 wing, then you are called The Opportunist. There are key differences between both wings, and let’s look at The Pathfinder closely for now.
Type 7w6 The Pathfinder
You will share most things in common with other Type 7s, but you will share plenty of traits of The Loyal Cynic. You are quite enthusiastic and adventurous, but you are a lot more responsible than other Type 7s. Even though you enjoy gaining new experiences and are seeking out new opportunities, you have a much easier time sticking to commitments and being reliable.
You are still afraid to miss out on things and staying in the present. However, you do have a much easier time with thinking things through without acting on impulse and being cooperative and productive. You are also quite sensitive to the feelings of others. You do get bored easily like other Type 7s but you won’t bail on a task that you need to complete because you understand the value of commitment. You do have a hard time when you are stressed as it is hard to stay organized. If your 8 wing is dominant, you have an easier time with that. Let’s go over The Opportunist traits now.
Type 7w8 The Opportunist
If your 8 wing is dominant, then you are The Opportunist. Like other Type 7s, you have a positive nature and you are vivacious. You also possess charisma and confidence, and you enjoy looking for new opportunities and seeking new experiences. You also love being around other people. However, unlike other Type 7s, you do focus a lot of your energy on your career. You also have a tendency to be tied to material items and you can be seen as blunt and impatient.
You definitely know how to assert yourself since your 8 wing is dominant, and you also have the ability to stay calm in situations that are very stressful or during times of crisis. You definitely know how to express yourself well.
If you are The Enthusiast, then what is your dominant wing? The way to know is by analyzing your behavior. If you have an easier time with sticking to commitments, then you lean on the 6 wing. If you have an easier time with being assertive and focusing on your career, then you lean on the 8 wing.