The Preserving Seven: Excited Preservation
Preferred Strategy: Striving to feel Excited (Our greatest strength, but also our biggest problem when over-used.)
Support Strategy: Striving to feel Perfect (Feels comfortable, but problematic when unconsciously over-used.)
Neglected Strategy: Striving to feel Detached (We are uncomfortable with it at important times, so we often don’t use it effectively. We will under-use it or use it awkwardly.)
The Instinctual Biases
Dominant: Preserving (P7s have a non-conscious bias toward focusing on issues related to this domain.)
Secondary or “Adolescent territory”: Navigating (P7s are drawn to “navigating” but often have mixed feelings toward and shadow issues in this area.)
Tertiary or Underdeveloped: Transmitting (P7s usually don’t pay much attention to this domain.)
Overview: P7s express the instinctive behaviors related to nesting and nurturing through a strategy of striving to feel excited. Like all Preservers, they are instinctively attuned to issues related to resources, well-being, safety, and health. P7s gain their internal sense of wellbeing through seeking things or experiences related to their environment (their home, office, etc.) that provide them with a sense of stimulation or pleasure. They are perpetually tweaking their nest, thinking “it would be just a little bit better if only I …” They are an example of a profile where the strategy and instinctual bias are in a degree of conflict with each other—their need for excitement and desire to make others happy makes them seem extraverted when they are in public, but their drive to nest makes them introverts at heart who want to be left alone in the pleasures of their safe zones. They can vacillate back and forth between exuberant positivity and frustration at an unexpected discomfort or disappointment at not being as satisfied as they expected to be. In general, P7s are pleasant, unassuming, and industrious, but often more reserved than they appear to be at first meeting.
At work: P7s can be highly task focused and perfectionistic. They often like to make lists and cross completed tasks off the list, but they can also become frustrated at spending too much time on any given activity. Thus, they again seem contradictory—liking structure, process, and rules, but chafing against and resisting them at the same time. While they are very personable and charming, they tend to prefer solitary activity or tasks they have control over rather than group activities. They are usually quite industrious and hard-working, but they want to maintain their freedom to work on what they want to work on when they want to work on it. Their fear is of being tied to a boring task due to forces beyond their control, so they seek autonomy as much as possible.
Leadership Style: P7s care about others but also want their freedom, so leadership can sometimes feel like a burden to them. While some P7s become excellent leaders, it is usually not until they have learned to deal with some of the unpleasantries that come with authority—holding others accountable, making unpopular decisions, etc. Their leadership style can be thought of as “parachute leadership”—the jump in, cheer people on and give direction, then jump back out again and focus on things that are more interesting.
Working with N7s: P7s can be very enjoyable to work with as their demeanor is usually pleasant and positive. It is important to them to present an image of being happy and they have a desire to make those around them happy and comfortable. They can be very driven and hardworking, both admirable qualities, but they can become withdrawn and seem to disappear for a while as they work to avoid unpleasant situations or boring activities. It also helps to keep in mind that P7s are often much more shy than they appear and need space and private time to recharge and relax.