Keyes - Emotions and the Enneagram

Point Seven: The Program of Easy Optimism with Uneasy Activity

Special Gift: The ability to create pleasure and make things happen
Self-Definition: "I'm fun. I see the bright side of life."
Shadow Issue: Gluttony
Rejected Element: Pain
Addiction: Easy Optimism
Strength Needed: Level-headed moderation
Defense Mechanism: Rationalization
Psychological Disturbance: Narcissistic personality
Talk Style: Anecdotes
Preoccupations Include: Maintaining high levels of stimulation, many activities, many things to do, wanting to stay "high."
Replacing deep contact with pleasant talking, planning, intellectualizing.
Defusing threat; maintaining a smokescreen of activity.
Charm as a first line of defense against fear. Talking one's way out of trouble.
Interrelating and systematizing information such that commitments necessarily include loopholes and other backup options which can lead to rationalized escape from difficult commitments, but can also lead to an ability to synthesize unusual connections and parallels between what appear to be antagonistic points of view.
Superiority/inferiority dichotomy.
Focus: Personal emphasis on savoring life.
Couple emphasis on being with people of like-mind.
Community emphasis on limits and obligations.
Life Task: To work with a sense of proportion and balance anchored in the now. Pain of any kind can serve as a steadying point of focus.

Margaret Frings Keyes

Emotions and the Enneagram
Working Through Your Shadow Life Script
Molysdatur Publications, Muir Beach, California,1992, 164 pages