I have always been inspired by the beauty of difference in all of us and the construct of The Enneagram puts words to the differences. The Enneagram has helped me relate, grow, see blind spots, and love more deeply. We truly are unique hues on a spectrum of humanity and I admire the variety. The function of yellow isn't the same as red, but we need them both the same. My hope is that as you view these portraits, you will see the strengths that we all carry—and when misunderstandings arise, we can all begin to see through the lens of our brothers and sisters.
“Sevens are extroverted, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous. Playful, high-spirited, and practical, they can also misapply their many talents, becoming over-extended, scattered, and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting experiences, but can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go. They typically have problems with impatience and impulsiveness.”
Everyone needs an Enneagram 7 in their life! Full of joy, excitement and spontaneity. These are the people who will be your biggest cheerleaders, championing you to fulfill your dreams, goals and desires.
“The Enneagram Institute has named this personality type The Enthusiast because Sevens are enthusiastic about almost everything that catches their attention. They approach life with curiosity, optimism, and a sense of adventure, like “kids in a candy store” who look at the world in wide-eyed, rapt anticipation of all the good things they are about to experience. They are bold and vivacious, pursuing what they want in life with a cheerful determination.”
The color Yellow.
Yellow is the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness. Yellow stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy! Yellow also is a spontaneous and unstable color.
The Basic Fear of the Enneagram 7 is of being deprived of something or to be in pain.
The Basic Desire is to be satisfied and have all of their needs fulfilled.
The Enneagram type 7 knows how to be a light in the dark and joy in sadness. I wanted to represent this visually with Stephanie in bright yellow, dancing and laughing in front of black — which represents darkness. This is huge strength of the Enneagram 7 personality.
Stephanie is an Enneagram 7
Stephanie is a guaranteed source of JOY in her circle. She brings the laughter, light and optimism to any situation. Her smile is radiant and joy is contagious to those around her.
The deadly sin for Enneagram Sevens is gluttony. Not strictly food over indulgence, rather an over abundance of experience. This personality sits in the thinking center, which means they process in their head and act out of that. This creates somewhat of a disconnect because all of their processing leads them to a place where they are stunted to make a single decision… there’s just too many options. This is where gluttony would be a by product of inability to choose. If I can’t choose one.. I will choose all. At their best, sevens are satisfied, content and confident in what they choose and trust their judgement.
Musician and Songwriter, Sleeping at Last, recently released an Enneagram series depicting each type in song. This project inspired me to create this photo series. I find it so beautiful when we use art to express the individuality of humanity. The lyrics from the song “Seven” are written below. This will help you understand the insatiable appetite of the Enneagram 7 — to live a life of excitement, abundance and joy!
let me tell you another secret of the trade-
it feels like sinking when i’m standing in one place.
so i look to the future and i book another flight.
when everything feels heavy, i’ve learned to travel light.
but i want to be here.
truly. be. here.
to watch the ones that i love bloom.
and i want to make room
to love them through and through and through
and through the slow and barren seasons too.
i feel hope
deep in my bones
tomorrow will be beautiful
and i’m ready, God i’m ready, oh i’m ready,
restless and hungry, but i’m ready
for whatever comes next.
- Seven, Sleeping at Last