Hurley & Dobson - What's My Type?

Seven: The Dreamer

Deception: Feeling happy (Gluttony)
Pseudo-deception: Complexity of life
Antidote: Fortitude
Pseudo-antidote: Boundless optimism
Illusion of Reality: Looking to the future
Self-justification: "I will make the world happy."
Time Orientation: Work on future plans
Approach to Problem Solving: Aggressive: "I accomplish."
Relationship to Life: Way of Reduction: "I am overwhelmed by life."


  1. When a situation becomes intense, do you get a nearly uncontrollable urge to laugh or to point out the absurdity of it all, often with a good one-liner?
  2. When you hear about or see problems in the world or in people's lives, do you almost automatically start thinking of solutions?
  3. Are you "turned off" when people tell you how gifted you are or what great potential you have because you know that underneath is the expectation for you to be doing something more meaningful or productive with your life?
  4. Are you stimulated by intellectual sparring, by new and different experiences, or by the possibility of being on the cutting edge of a new venture but "turned off" at the thought of your life being stable, secure, and routine?
  5. Do you prize flexibility and avoid making long-term commitments or plans "set in concrete"?
  6. Do people almost universally enjoy your company but at the same time give you the feeling they don't see the deeper, more intelligent, more loyal side of your personality?
  7. Do you see yourself as a good communicator with a broad enough range of interests that you can keep a conversation going with just about anyone?
  8. Are you the kind of person who, if given the opportunity, can see the potential use of many things others might throw out as junk?
  9. Do you enjoy mental challenges and find yourself seeking out these kinds of challenges to keep life enjoyable or to keep from being bored?

Kathleen V. Hurley & Theodore E. Dobson

What's My Type?
Use the Enneagram System of Nine Personality Types to Discover Your Best Self
HarperSanFrancisco, 1991, 186 pages