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TYPE SEVEN: The Epicure

Type Nine: The Mediator
Type Eight: The Protector Type One: The Perfectionist
Type Seven: The Epicure Type Two: The Giver
Type Six: The Sceptic Type Three: The Performer
Type Five: The Observer Type Four: The Romantic

“Lost” essential quality: The full spectrum of possibilities experienced freely and deeply through sustained concentration.

Compensating belief: The world limits and frustrates people, and causes pain that one can escape from.

Attention/coping strategy: Planning for pleasurable, positive possibilities. Imagining and engaging in appealing activities and experiences. Focusing attention on multiple options and opportunities.

Trap: Keeping life up and idealized, believing one can avoid suffering.

Driving energy: Gluttony for interesting ideas and pleasurable experiences, now and in the future.

Avoidance: Frustrations, constraints, limits, getting enmeshed in suffering.

Strengths: Playful, optimistic, inventive, life-loving.

Paradox: Seeking the positives of life and avoiding the dark side is limiting. Trying to avoid pain creates pain.

Path of development:

Ultimate task: Recognizing the escapism in the pursuit of experience and idealized future plans. Reclaiming and accepting all of life in the present moment: pain, fear and limits as well as pleasure, joy and options.

Practices for Growth

Planning for possibilities
In what ways did new, interesting ideas come to mind? How did various positive options and opportunities absorb my attention? My energy? How did I interrelate and interconnect different ideas and action possibilities? How was I off in the future, away from the present moment?

Sevens cannot tolerate limitation and restriction. Their strategy to keep life “up” results in their focus of attention on positive options and opportunities.

In what ways and how often did my attention go to what I wanted, felt or thought? To my own positions and opinions? Did I tend to ”forget” others’ feelings or needs? How did I respond to whatever blocked my plans, ideas or actions? How did I deal with these challenges or obstructions?

Keeping life “up” and positive requires focusing on your own plans and desires. Attention, therefore, doesn’t naturally go to others.

Reacting to pain or distress
Did I notice distress in others or myself? How did I react to “negative” events, feelings or feedback? At what times would it have been natural to experience pain or discomfort? How did I avoid distress or pain?

Sevens’ attention just doesn’t go to pain or distress, which would undo the basic coping strategy of keeping life up and boundless.

Six healing and growth commitments for Type Sevens:

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