I don't think I ever thought he was a 7. I just thought about it today and I figure he's a 5 who, like many of us, knows the place of 7. Their is a containment to his energy; there is an irony to his humor. He's never crass; the just doesn't have the physicality of a 7.Steve Martin's play "The Underpants" is coming to TPAC soon.
I have argued in the past that he is 6w7 but having read this piece, I think you are right about 5. He has a dignity, and a remoteness, that 6w7 lacks. His short humor pieces for the New Yorker feature absurdity, like this one: http://www.compleatsteve.com/essays/directions.htm. (So, I suppose, are Woody Allen's, though.) I would be interested in reading his book. Meanwhile, I Google searched "enneagram steve martin" and the top hit was a poll of what is his type, but nobody had voted. I voted and now 100% of respondents say he is a 5. And I thought our poll's turnout was low! At least we can count on me voting!
If he's not 5w6, he might be 6w5. He does have an everyman quality.
Well--recall that Five is the resource point for Seven--so a healthy Seven who has done a lot of self work will show a lot of Five characteristics. Also, and introverted Seven will have a different feel from an extroverted Seven. Finally, if the Seven is a Myers Briggs F (feeling) they will look different from many other Sevens. Steve Allen, the other archetypical Seven had a very well-developed intellectual life and was an accomplished author and composer as well as a comedian. Again, a healthy Seven with a well-developed Five detachment and inner quiet.In a recent TV interview I saw, Steve Martin got quite emotional on a couple of occasions when talking about his father.I find that Steve Martin strives for excitement and not detachment--which is what Fives are typically yearning for. There is also a manically happy quality that is really one of the trademarks of Sevens. Keep the balls in the air and keep people smiling with an arrow in your head and a banjo at your side.So my guess would a fairly healthy, feeling, introverted 7/6.
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