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The Type 7 - The Dreamer

Emotional addiction = Gluttony

People who have adopted Type 7 are mind-centered; have a mental agility to deal with several things at the same time, giving priority to pleasure. The emotional addiction is Gluttony, which is unconscious, being justified by the enthusiastic attitude and self-image of skillful improviser. "I make lemonade out of a lemon." The name Dreamer comes from the great amount of ideas and plans, bordering on the impossible.

The main negative consequence of this way of organizing lies in the difficulty in recognizing their real needs. Such self-detachment reveals superficial people, who are overloaded with activities as a means of escaping emotional difficulties. Exaggerated optimism also reveals people who avoid displeasure by looking at the world with a delusional view point.

In companies, we find Type 7 usually connected to an area where there is no routine and creativity is needed. Marketing, sales, planning and negotiation are some of the common areas. Their optimism and creativity are very useful in situations where the main theme is the search for new solutions. But in their compulsion, they are undisciplined and irresponsible, fleeing routine through manipulative arguments. They clash with those who are more rigid and want to follow the foreseen steps.

For greater balance:

When Type 7 recognizes their behavioral pattern as a way of organizing themselves and not what they really are, they open to developing the neutralization of the emotional addiction (Gluttony) and contact with themselves through the virtue of Sobriety. This tool helps them recognize what they want from themselves, no longer through immediate pleasure, allowing a greater integration of their feelings, thoughts and actions.

POSITIVE CHARACTERISTICS

  • Improvisers

  • Optimistic

  • Well-moody

NEGATIVE CHARACTERISTICS

  • Alienated

  • Fanciful

  • Utopian

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