@Red Panda. Dang it how does quote work on my phone? Gah...
Anyway, the wording is very sensitive but makes a big impact in results. It says 7s worry that we will never find what we want. That’s totally different than not knowing what I want. I know what I want and have huge vision for it. Will I ever get it? 7s work hard to and actually my existential Enneagram crisis comes from feeling like I will never make it happen. This is actually how I found out I was a 7. Before that, people thought I was a 2 and I do test second highest in 2 and have it in my Tri-type, but I’m never going to have a crisis involving 2... and I have totally experienced multiple life crisis with 7 over and over so... yeah, it seems like people look over the pains involved with 7. I fit the descriptions of 7sx to where the Beatrice Chestnut description scared me and also have to actively work on my 7 sx demons, but I think without knowing what kind of things throw me into a crisis I wouldn’t know for sure if I were a 2 or a 7.
When I thought I was a 2 there was nothing to work on. I didn’t feel that I wanted anything back from doing nice things. I would score as a very healthy 2 (because I’m not a 2) but truly Im an average health 7, I’m afraid
The hole inside with 7 is very specific as well. It is not about unworthiness (I don’t I feel that word and I didn’t use that word) but about emptiness. The fear is about feeling trapped in anything negative. Even right now I’m like “That will never happen because I will make sure it never happens!” I score high enough in 2 and have enough 2 energy about me to feel that “inconsequential” might work for both when feeling down. The 7 aspect to that word is about being diminished. I’ve read books that talked about that more.
i score 3rd highest in 4 even though that doesn’t make a tri-type. I think people through their life can sometimes change Enneagram. It would look to me like I’ve been a 2 before and a 4 before and a 1 before, but mostly 7.
I don’t think MBTI type changes but that we do develop as we age and/or through years of repetitive tasks that call for that function.
If you read carefully it's exactly what it says, that 7s don't know what they want and fear they never will, and doing many things happens in the hopes of finding that special something and also having many interests to avoid disappointment if it's missed. It's the main issue with 7s, as they say, "lacking inner guidance":
The root of their problem is common to all of the types of the Thinking Center: they are out of touch with the inner guidance and support of their Essential nature. As with Fives and Sixes, this creates a deep anxiety in Sevens. They do not feel that they know what to do or how to make choices that will be beneficial to themselves and others.
Second, Sevens cope with the loss of Essential guidance by using the “trial and error” method: they try everything to make sure they know what is best. On a very deep level, Sevens do not feel that they can find what they really want in life. They therefore tend to try everything—and ultimately may even resort to anything as a substitute for what they are really looking for. (“If I can’t have what will really satisfy me, I’ll enjoy myself anyway. I’ll have all kinds of experiences—that way I will not feel bad about not getting what I really want.”)
We can see this in action even in the most trivial areas of their daily lives. Unable to decide whether he wants vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry ice cream, a Seven will want all three flavors—just to be sure that he does not miss out on the “right” choice. Having two weeks for a vacation and a desire to visit Europe brings a similar quandary. Which countries and cities to visit? Which sites to see? The Seven’s way of dealing with this will be to cram as many different countries, cities, and attractions into his vacation as possible. While they are scrambling after exciting experiences, the real object of their heart’s desire (their personal Rosebud, as it were) may be so deeply buried in their unconscious that they are never really aware of precisely what it is.
So, having a huge vision for their lives seems completely contradictory to the main characteristics.
I remember you mentioning feelings of unworthiness in other Enneagram discussions, maybe I misremember. If you believe you were a different Enneagram in the past, especially if during that time you developed your vision for your life, then it's not exactly right to say that 7s have huge vision and know what they want, it's just not how you relate to type 7s.
The descriptions for type 2 is heavily (F)J so of course you wouldn't relate to them. Type 2 may be one of the types that are the most strongly correlated to some cognitive preferences.
I don't relate to the core fears of type 5s hoarding knowledge and feeling exhausted (basically the more ITJ part of it) but other traits of 5s are relatable. I personally relate a lot to the above stuff for type 7s but I'm also not as fearful of facing the negatives as they make them seem. Of course I anticipate the future to avoid what I can, but the biggest struggle is to find that vision.
Also let's broaden this a bit, who even wants to be trapped in suffering and deprivation, unless they're completely fucked up? No one likes to suffer, they just usually find ways to make suffering bearable, idk it seems like a basic bio-psychological drive. And it seems to me all enneagram types do just that, perhaps with a different focus for each so the idea that somehow type 7s avoid everything negative seems unrealistic to me and kinda arbitrary.
The above are kinda issues I have with the Enneagram as a system, cause it seems to me to not really hold in structure much when they claim we all have aspects of each type but some are more developed, which essentially leads to people just mixing their general personalities with the types. So it makes sense that they've made so many additions like wings, tritypes and whatnot to cover for this issue. And also the idea that some types correlate with cognitive functions or full types seems to me like a clue that the Enneagram is more like an earlier attempt at capturing the same cognitive preferences than being something else entirely.