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Enneagram Type 8 (Challenger and Protector) Motivations, Fears, and Levels of Development

The Enneagram Type 8 Challenger and Protector is one of the nine types found on the Enneagram of Personality. The Enneagram personality typology is the concept of Bolivian philosopher Óscar Ichazo. Ichazo built the typing system in the 1960s using the theory of the Enneagram first popularized by philosopher George Gurdjieff in 1916.

Enneagram Type 8: The Challenger and The Protector

Each of the nine Enneagram personalities (Enneatypes) belongs to one of three categories known as the Enneagram triads. The three triads are head, body, and heart. As a member of the body triad, Enneagram 8 (also known as the Protector) relies on its gut intuition when making decisions. Enneagram Type 8 is renowned for its quick thinking and willingness to stand and debate its stance.

Enneagram 8s core strengths are their determination, willingness to lead, and their unwavering self-belief. The Challenger is an extroverted character who fights for those that have suffered injustice and are unable to fight for themselves. Conversely, Enneagram Type 8 has three core weaknesses in their controlling, stubborn nature as well as their struggles to follow the rules. Type 8 needs to be in charge and will do whatever it takes to make sure they have the lead in any given situation.

It is important for Enneagram 8 to understand that showing emotions and conceding the helm to others from time to time is not a sign of weakness but rather a character strength. This critical lesson is paramount in Type 8’s path of level of growth and personality integration.

Every Enneatype has nine possible healthy levels assigned to three core health states. Each level has individual Enneatype-specific traits defining them. Healthy Enneagram Type 8s are classed as levels 1-3. Healthy Enneagram Type 8s are the best versions of themselves. Often selfless to a fault. Average Enneagram Type 8s are classed as levels 4-6 . Average Enneagram 8s show the stereotypical traits commonly associated with Enneagram Type 8 with minor healthy and unhealthy variances. Unhealthy Enneagram 8s occupy levels 7-9. An unhealthy Enneagram 8 is more reliant on aggression and force to get results and adopts a vengeful attitude.

Enneagram 8 is motivated by control and being seen as self-reliant. The core motivations of Enneagram are directly tied to their fears. Enneagram 8 is terrified of losing control or being forced to rely on others . As such, they motivate themselves to fight against the very things they fear the most.

Enneagram Type 8 is driven by a desire to help find justice for those that have been wronged. Protectors excel in positions of authority and where they have a platform to drive change.. Common high-flying careers for Enneagram Type 8 personalities are lawyers, politicians, financial advisors, and directors.

In addition to their common traits, Enneagram Type 8 Challengers form wings with their two neighboring Enneatypes. Enneagram 8w7 is more extroverted and interested in living life. In contrast, Enneagram 8w9 is more introverted and driven by a need to help others.

What are the Motivations of Enneagram Type 8?

Below are the four core motivations of Enneagram Type 8.

  • Self-reliance: The dominant Enneagram Type 8 Challenger is motivated to be fully self-reliant. The Type 8 Challenger is a natural leader who fights in the corner of those who cannot defend themselves. Therefore, Enneagram 8 is driven by a need to be fully capable under their direction.
  • Control: Enneagram 8 is motivated by a need for control. Enneagram 8 is a forceful and justice-seeking personality who believes that they can only lead a ship if they have full control over every situation.
  • Strength of character: Enneagram 8 is motivated by a desire to prove that their character is confident and in charge. Enneagram Challengers need to show the world that they can resist temptation and have no weaknesses.
  • Importance: Enneagram 8 is a powerful and assertive personality and supportive of those unable to fight for themselves. Enneagram 8 is motivated by the need to be regarded as important to those around them.

Enneagram Type 8 Commanders are different from the other Enneatypes in large part due to their dominant nature. They are the most assertive and confident of the nine Enneagram types.

What are the Basic Fears for Enneagram Type 8?

Below are the three core fears for Enneagram Type 8 Challengers.

  • Being controlled: Enneagram 8 Challengers have a deep-seated fear of being controlled by others, making them a highly dominant Enneagram Type.
  • Vulnerability: Enneagram 8 fears being shown as vulnerable. Enneagram Challengers fear showing emotions or empathy, viewing this as a weakness that would leave them open to their other dominant fears.
  • Being harmed: As a leader, Enneagram 8 fears being harmed by others, both physically and emotionally. Seeing themselves as defenders means the Enneagram Challenger must be seen as being impervious.

Each of Enneagram 8s fears are a direct contradiction to their strengths. As confident characters, Eights don’t run from their fears. Instead, they face them head-on, finding the motivation to beat them.

Why is Enneagram Type 8 referred to as Challenger and Protector?

Enneagram Type 8 is referred to as the Challenger or Protector due to its assertive nature. The Protector holds a strong view on righting injustices against those that are unable to defend themselves. Enneagram Type 8 is a powerful personality with excellent self-confidence and an iron will.

Enneagram Type 8 has a deep fear of being hurt or exposed as vulnerable. This manifests in a desire to help those that are. The Enneagram challenger is unafraid to stand up and voice their opinions and to enforce their will on those around them. Taking charge comes naturally to Enneagram 8, which is the most natural leader out of all the Enneatypes.

How does the Enneagram figure explain Enneagram Type 8?

The Enneagram figure explains Enneagram Type 8 by providing a visual representation of Enneagram 8’s relationship with the other Enenatypes. All Enneatypes have specific relationship pathways with four other Enneatypes.

The nine Enneatypes on the Enneagram were discovered in the 1960s by Bolivian philosopher Óscar Ichazo. The nine types are separated into three distinct categories.

  • Head: Enneagram types 5, 6, and 7 form the Head triad. Head Enneatypes rely on logic and reasoning to make their decisions.
  • Heart: Enneagram types 2, 3, and 4 form the Heart triad. Heart Enneatypes rely on their high emotional intelligence when making decisions.
  • Body: Enneagram types 8, 9, and 1 form the Body triad. Body Enneatypes rely on their gut intuition when making decisions. They tend to act on instinct and consider the consequences after the fact.

Lines can also be drawn within the figure for Enneagram wings as well as lines of Integration or Disintegration. Such lines are also referred to as lines of growth and stress. Enneagram Type 8 forms wings with the two neighboring Enneatypes. Type 8’s wings are 8w7 and 8w9, and retain the dominant characteristics of Type 8. However, they also exhibit certain key traits of either Enneatype. Enneatype 8 forms a line of growth towards the helpful and caring Enneagram type 2. When following a line of stress, Enneagram 8 moves towards the hesitant Enneagram type 5.

Below is a table explaining the Enneagram type 5.

EnneatypeMotivationFearCharacteristic RoleTrapEgo Fixation
Enneagram Type 8ControlVulnerabilityBeing a dominant leaderJusticeVengeance

What is the characteristic role of Enneagram Type 8?

The characteristic role of Enneagram Type 8 is that of a dominant and confident leader . Enneagram 8 is a proud personality with a strong belief in justice. Enneagram 8 is characteristically unafraid to stand up and be the voice of the people. Eights are defenders who refuse to stand by while others are forced to suffer what Type 8 perceives to be injustices in the world.

Below are five common careers for the confident Enneagram Type 8.

  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Financial advisor
  • Business owner
  • Military officer

What is the Ego Fixation of Enneagram Type 8?

The Ego Fixation of Enneagram Type 8 is vengeance. The Protector’s bold and confident character drives them to stand up for those that cannot or do not defend themselves. This need to protect can quickly drive Enneagram Type 8 down the route of vengeance.

Enneagram 8 becomes frustrated at the constant levels of injustice and wants to be known as the person who righted the wrongs of society. Type 8 becomes overly focused on the idea of justice. They seek out and put right what they believe to be a great injustice. The negatives of Enneagram 8s Ego Fixation are the drive to use anger and intimidation in order to get the results they want. Setting things right at any cost.

What is the Trap for Enneagram Type 8?

The Trap for Enneagram Type 8 is justice. The Trap often works to pull the Enneagram 8 deeper toward their Ego Fixation. Enneagram Type 8 has a very clear view of what is right and what is wrong. When Enneagram Type 8 sees something that they view as unfair or unjust, they are driven by a need to put things right.

However, the Trap for Enneagram Type 8 lies in their definition of justice. Enneagram Type 8 soon becomes the judge, jury, and executioner as the Trap pulls them down the path of vengeance. In turn, this feeds Enneagram Type 8s ego, driving them to seek out more injustice and becoming almost a vigilante within their own world.

What tempts Enneagram Type 8?

Enneagram Type 8 is tempted by the concept of self-sufficiency. Enneagram Type 8 hates to be indebted to others or reliant on someone else. As a result, they are easily tempted by anything that affords them stronger self-reliability and self-sufficiency.

Challengers are natural leaders and must always do things under their own steam. If they stop and ask for help or seek direction from someone else, Enneagram Type 8 feels as if they have failed. Temptation leads Enneagram 8 to become grumpy, aggressive, and lose the little sensitivity they are willing to show.

What are the Virtues of Enneagram Type 8?

The virtues of Enneagram Type 8 are magnanimity and innocence . When healthy, Enneagram Type 8 is a highly magnanimous personality. They are ready to stand up and help anybody that asks for it. They do this by leading the way and vocalizing what others cannot.

Enneagram 8 will stop at nothing to help those that have been wronged. A healthy Enneagram 8 is generous with its time and attention and will not stop until those that are wronged have seen justice. The magnanimous Enneagram 8 will sacrifice themselves in order to gain justice for another.

What is the Holy Idea of Enneagram Type 8?

The Holy Idea of Enneagram Type 8 is innocence. The virtuous Enneagram 8 understands the dark side of their passionate nature and is self-aware enough to keep it under control without suffocating their natural inclination to lead. On the other hand, the underdeveloped Enneagram Type 8 is often lustful, especially in pursuit of a goal.

The Holy Idea of Enneagram 8 is known by the healthiest examples of the Challenger. Innocence manifests in an understanding that justice is not black and white and differs in the eyes of the individual. A healthy Enneagram 8 accepts that its idea of justice is not always correct or appropriate.

How does Enneagram Type 8 integrate other types?

Enneagram Type 8 integrates with other types following the growth line that stems from Enneagram Type 2. Enneagram 8 integration relates to how the Enneatype begins to take on the positive traits of their associated growth Enneatype.

Enneagram Type 8 is a dominant and often emotionless character. Enneagram Type 8 is a Body type, and runs on instinct. Challengers often react first and worry about the repercussions later as a result. Nevertheless, Enneagram Type 8 mellows on the path of integration, and becomes more emotionally attuned to those around them.

Enneagram 8 is self-reliant and loath to allow themselves to be seen as vulnerable. However, they adopt the sensitive vulnerabilities commonly associated with Enneagram 2 when in a period of growth. The link between a body type and a heart type results in a personality that listens to their gut but affords themselves a moment to pause and consider things upfront .

How does Enneagram Type 8 disintegrate with other types?

Enneagram Type 8 disintegrates with other types by following the stress line towards Enneagram type 5. Enneagram 8’s disintegration relates to the way Enneagram 8 adopts certain negative traits commonly associated with Enneagram type 5.

Enneagram Type 8 is bold and confident, standing up for those that are unable to stand up for themselves. Underdeveloped Challengers become otherwise uncharacteristically uncertain and fearful of taking a stand in times of stress. Instead, stressed Enneagram 8 feels tempted to retreat into their mind, searching for more answers than they need.

Enneagram 8 is part of the body triad. They trust their gut and rely on their strong intuition. However, Enneagram Type 8 pushes people away when disintegrating with others, and begins to over-analyze their decisions.

What are the scientists’ opinions on Enneagram Type 8?

The scientists’ opinions of Enneagram Type 8 are that it is an extroverted and dominant personality that relishes the challenges and pressure that come with leadership.

Below are three scientists who have strong opinions on Enneagram Type 8.

  • Miles Matise: Matisse is a member of the Walden University faculty. Matisse’s paper, The Enneagram: An Innovative Approach , evaluates the nine Enneatypes from a perspective of self-education and understanding.
  • Dr. Beatrice Chestnut: Dr. Chestnut authored the book, The Complete Enneagram , where she examines the Enneatypes and discusses their development pathways.
  • Dr. David Daniels: A professor of Clinical and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Daniels wrote The Essential Enneagram . The book discusses Enneagram types and gives a detailed analysis of their individual associations with other Enneatypes.

Scientists agree that Enneagram 8 has three primary strengths. Firstly , Enneagram Type 8 is decisive . Enneagram 8 is a member of the body trait, and as such, they trust their gut when making decisions. Enneagram Challengers do not overthink things or mull over the consequences ahead of time but rather trust their ability to deal with any eventuality. Secondly , Enneagram Type 8 is a natural leader . Enneagram 8 needs to be in control of things, and as such, they are effective in leadership positions. This applies to leading people and also leading the fight for a cause they believe in. Finally, Enneagram Type 8 is strong-willed . The Enneagram Type 8 Protector is staunch in their views. There is little that can be done to change Type 8’s opinions once it has its mind set on something.

Additionally, scientists all agree that Enneagram Type 8 has three core weaknesses. Firstly, Enneagram Type 8 is intimidating . Dominant Enneagram 8 can often intimidate others with their presence. Secondly , Enneagram Type 8 is controlling. While a natural leader, Enneagram 8 struggles when others call the shots and will always try to find a way to take control. Finally, Enneagram 8 is rebellious . Enneagram 8 despises being controlled or given rules to follow. They will actively rebel against them as a means of re-establishing the control they desire.

What are the wings of Enneagram Type 8?

The wings of Enneagram Type 8 are the term used to define the bonds that form between Enneagram 8 and its neighboring Enneatypes. In every Enneagram wing pairing, one wing displays more extroverted tendencies while the other is more introverted.

  • Enneagram 8w7: Enneagram 8w7 is more extroverted and interested in having a good time.
  • Enneagram 8w9: Enneagram 8w9 is more introverted and interested in helping people.

1. Enneagram 8w7

Enneagram 8w7 is the more extroverted wing, showing the fun-loving, thrill-seeking characteristics of Enneagram type 7. Enneagram 8w7 is an intense and passionate character. Also known as the Maverick, Enneagram 8w7 is all about having adventures and being present for as much as they can. The Enneagram Maverick is always up for a good debate and has a powerful combination of Enneagram 7s enthusiasm and Enneagram 8’s forcefulness.

2. Enneagram 8w9

Enneagram 8w9 is the more introverted wing of this Enneagram type, demonstrating the gentle and calm traits associated with Enneagram 9. Enneagram 8w9 is more interested in protecting those that are in trouble. Also known as the Bear, Enneagram 8w9 is a protective force to be reckoned with. Enneagram 8w9 combines the dominant and forceful nature of the Enneagram Challenger with the protective and friendly nature of the Enneagram Peacemaker.

What are the developmental levels of Enneagram Type 8?

The development levels of Enneagram 8 describe nine health states that capture the healthy and unhealthy development pathways for the Enneagram 8 Challenger. The nine development levels are spread across three health states.

  • Healthy: At levels 1-3, Enneagram Type 8 is considered healthy. Level 1 is the healthiest possible example of its Enneatype.
  • Average: At levels 4-6, Enneagram Type 8 is considered to be of an average healthy level. These levels show the stereotypical traits associated with the Enneatype.
  • Unhealthy: At levels 7-9, Enneagram 8 slips into an unhealthy state. Level 9 is the unhealthiest example of its Enneatype and is where Enneagram Type 8 is at its most dangerous and aggressive.

How is an healthy Enneagram Type 8?

A healthy Enneagram Type 8 is generous and protective . Level 1 is the healthiest possible level. A level 1 enneagram Type 8 displays no true weaknesses and is a selfless character who will give anything to protect those in need. Enneagram 8 uses its authoritative personality to be a voice for people who are afraid to use theirs.

The core traits of Enneagram Type 8 are assertiveness, determination, and willingness to speak up. These traits are amplified in a healthy state, and have a direction that points outward.

1. Enneagram Type 8 Level 1 analysis

A level 1 Enneagram 8 is the healthiest possible example of their Enneatype . Enneagram 8 levels 1 types are magnanimous to a fault. There is nothing they won’t do in order to protect someone in trouble. Additionally, Enneagram 8s at development level 1 understand the world and the impact of their actions on others. Enneagram 8 Challengers understand that their view of right and wrong is not universal and that the world is not as straightforward to be black and white.

2. Enneagram Type 8 Level 2 analysis

Enneagram Type 8 level 2 is a confident and self-assured personality. They stand up to be counted when needed and have a positive approach to life. Level 2 Enneagram Type 8s are driven by an inner sense of right and wrong . Level 2 Challengers approach life head-on and are always ready for whatever comes along.

3. Enneagram Type 8 Level 3 analysis

The level 3 Enneagram Type 8 is the final healthy level, which is where the first signs of becoming the true selfless champion of the people they could become. Enneagram 8 type 3s are decisive and firm. The level 3 Enneagram 8 takes the initiative and uses its strengths to help those that have been wronged.

How does Enneagram Type Eight react to stress?

Enneagram Type Eight reacts to stress in two phases. Light to moderate stress provokes the Challenger to react by leaning more heavily on their base traits. Enneagram 8 becomes even more assertive and determined to push through on its own. However, Enneagram Type 8 will withdraw from those around them if stress builds to too great a level. Abandoning their usually forthright persona for a quiet and introverted one.

Additionally, an Enneagram Type 8 under high levels of stress often retreats into their mind and starts to exhibit the less positive traits of Enneagram type 5. Over-analysis is common as the decisive Type 8 struggles to justify their actions and instead finds reasons to become problem-avoidant, slowly isolating themselves from everybody they hold close.

How is an unhealthy Enneagram Type 8?

An unhealthy Enneagram Type 8 is likely to descend into more aggressive ways of asserting their power and control over situations (as well as those around them). There are three unhealthy levels for Type 8, each progressively worse than the previous. A Level 9 Enneagram Type 8 is the unhealthiest example and the most dissociated from their base character. The unhealthy level 9 Enneagram Type 8 is a dangerous personality who is rageful and willing to destroy anything that stands against them. Level 9 Type 8 can even turn murderous and is commonly associated with Antisocial Behavior Disorder.

1. Enneagram Type 8 Level 7 analysis

A level 7 Enneagram Type 8 leans more on the forceful nature of their personality to get the results they want. At level 7, Enneagram 8 begins to think more self-centered and gains the ‘I want it, so I will take it’ mentality. The normally reliant moral compass begins to fail Enneagram 8 at health level 7.

2. Enneagram Type 8 Level 8 analysis

Level 8 Enneagram Type 8 s become reckless and overestimate the scope of the influence and dominant abilities. Aggression is the go-to response, and threats are the main way to deal with any problems that arise. The concept of right and wrong depends on the outcome the level 8 Enneagram Type 8 wants to achieve.

3. Enneagram Type 8 Level 9 analysis

A level 9 Enneagram Type 8 is the unhealthiest example of the Enneatype. Level 9s are aggressive characters who take what they want by force. Anything that threatens a level 9 Enneagram 8 will be destroyed with ruthless intensity. Murderous rage is common, while there is also a link between the level 9 Enneagram 8 and Antisocial Personality Disorder.

What are the average Enneagram Type 8 levels?

Average Enneagram Type 8 levels are those that capture the stereotypical traits used to describe the Enneatype . Levels 4-6 have started to show both healthy and unhealthy traits in weak measures. The swing between the levels for Enneagram 8 can be seen when experiencing one of ‘those’ days. When things go better or worse than expected, moods change to match.

Any of the average levels are regarded as normal personality behaviors. The majority of Enneagram Type 8s would be classed as an average level. Swaying between the levels is fine. However, straying too far in either direction can have negative long-term consequences.

1. Enneagram Type 8 Level 4 analysis

A level 4 Enneagram Type 8 is a hard-working personality type. They are fully self-sufficient and willing to take risks from time to time. Level 4 Enneagram 8 types look after themselves but are eager to help others when they have the ability. Enneagram 8 level 4s will go above and beyond for those that need it.

2. Enneagram Type 8 Level 5 analysis

Enneagram Type 8 begins demonstrating some unhealthy traits at level 5. They view themselves as the leader and have a growing expectation that people listen and obey. A level 5 Enneagram 8 views themselves as better than others and expects to be treated accordingly.

3. Enneagram Type 8 Level 6 analysis

Level 6 is the final average health level for Enneagram Type 8. Unhealthy traits are more visible as aggression levels increase and the interest in helping others turns inward for self-success. Enneagram Type 8 level 6 refuses to back down in most arguments and readily uses threats in order to get their own way.

How to recognize Enneagram Type 8?

There are five key character traits that help to recognize Enneagram Type 8.

  • Confidence: Enneagram Type 8 is the most confident of all Enneatypes. Enneagram 8 has high self-confidence and trust in its ability to handle any situation.
  • Proactivity: Enneagram 8 sees something and sets out to do it. Enneagram Type 8 is a proactive character, taking charge early on in order to get control.
  • Passionate: Enneagram 8 is highly passionate and will fight tooth and nail for what they believe in. Type 8s are natural leaders who stand up and fight tirelessly to help protect and defend those they see as being under their charge.
  • Stubbornness: Enneagram Type 8 is stubborn. Once they have their mind or opinion set, it takes a lot to change their mind. This can work against them as many may find Enneagram 8 a hard character to interact with.
  • Independence: Enneagram 8 detested the idea of being reliant on others. The Enneagram Challenger is independent to a fault, refusing to ask for help even when it is needed.

The two traits that most effectively help with Enneagram Type 8 recognition are confidence and passion. Defenders of the weak, a healthy Enneagram 8 fights relentlessly for justice in all its forms.

How rare is an Enneagram Type 8?

Enneagram Type 8 is quite rare. In fact, an Enneagram population distribution study revealed that Enneagram Type 8 is the second-rarest of all Enneatypes. Enneagram 8 is found in approximately 6.3% of people according to this study. In addition, men are over twice as likely to be typed as an Enneagram Challenger. Enneagram 8 is found in 7% of men and just 3% of women.

The study examined almost two hundred thousand Enneagram test results. Another finding saw that three-quarters of Enneagram Type 8s form the more extroverted, fun-loving wing with Enneagram 7.

Who are the Famous Enneagram Type 8 People?

Below are five famous people with an Enneagram Type 8 personality.

  • Dr. Phill McGraw: Dr. Phil embodies the confident and helpful Enneagram Type 8. His compassionate nature and eagerness to help people heal indicate he is an Enneagram 8w9 personality.
  • Clint Eastwood: Clint Eastwood is the classic leading man. Unafraid to take charge, speak his mind, and lead from the front, Clint Eastwood typifies The Challenger’s natural affinity for leadership.
  • Winston Churchill: Enneagram Type 8s are bold and eager to stand tall and lead by example, two traits that are exemplified by Winston Churchill. Many historians consider Churchill to be the greatest leader in British history.
  • Martin Luther King Jr: Focus and determination typify Enneagram 8. Martin Luther King was a very healthy Type 8 who was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to be the voice of positive change.
  • Bernie Sanders: Sanders is a natural leader who sought to find a position that afforded him the control needed to make a lasting impact on people’s lives. A healthy Enneagram Type 8, Bernie Sanders is driven by a desire to protect those less fortunate.

What are the best occupations for Enneagram Type 8 people?

Below are the five best occupations for Enneagram Type 8 people.

  • Lawyer: Natural confidence and dogged belief in finding justice are common in Enneagram 8. A career as a lawyer is the perfect fit, providing them with a platform from which they can fight.
  • Politician: Enneagram Type 8 is a defender of the disadvantaged. A career in politics provides Enneagram 8 the chance to be an active voice for positive change.
  • Advertising executive: Advertising is a powerful communication device. The confident and bold Enneagram 8 enjoys having the power to be in charge of key decisions relating to branding and messaging.
  • Financial advisor: Leading people comes naturally to Enneagram 8, as too does a drive to fight for those that are unable to defend themselves. As a financial advisor, Enneagram 8 can accomplish both, but helping guide people to better financial positions.
  • Director: A director calls the shots. He decides how things are to be done and when. This leadership role fits the naturally dominant traits of Enneagram 8.

What are the hobbies of an Enneagram Type 8?

Below are the five most common hobbies of an Enneagram Type 8.

  • Team Sports: Enneagram 8 enjoys team sports, especially when elected captain. Fearless leaders, Enneagram 8 types command respect from their teammates and lead by example on the field of play.
  • Video Games: Video games can be challenging to master, but the driven Enneagram Type 8 finds great enjoyment in mastering a game and conquering the challenges it presents.
  • Weight Lifting: There is a majestic simplicity to weight lifting. Yet it gives the bold and forthright Enneagram 8 a chance to show its dominance by lifting heavy weights and proving its strength. Weight lifting also offers Enneagram 8 a release for the stresses they keep hidden.
  • Public Speaking: Confident and unafraid to tackle important issues, Enneagram Type 8 finds enjoyment in public speaking as a hobby as they can voice their ideas and propose solutions to people eager to listen.
  • Volunteering: Healthy Enneagram Type 8 personalities are eager to fight for and assist those in trouble. Volunteering allowed the selfless healthy Enneagram 8 to go the extra mile and make an even greater impact.

Enneagram 8 will pick up and discard hobbies throughout their life as circumstance permits (as with any Enneatype). Failing health levels and different stresses can impact Enneagram 8s willingness to commit to certain magnanimous hobbies.

What are the growth tips for Enneagram Type 8?

There are four key growth tips for Enneagram Type 8.

  • Conceded control: Enneagram Type 8 must accept that they do not always need to be right or in charge. Growth occurs when Enneagram 8 understands there is nothing wrong with stepping aside and letting someone else take control. Especially if they have more experience or a better chance of getting a positive outcome.
  • Show restraint: Enneagram Type 8 grows when it realizes the power that exists in showing restraint. For Enneagram 8, the gung-ho headlong charge into things can work, but showing restraint often opens up alternative pathways that may offer less resistance or better results.
  • Embrace emotions: Enneagram Type 8 must accept that emotions are not a weakness. Enneagram 8s fear of leaning on others must be broken. There is strength in opening up and looking for help when it is needed.
  • Identify Limits: Nobody can do everything, and it is important for Enneagram 8 to understand this. The great opportunity for character growth is when Enneagram 8 identifies the limits to its capabilities. This allows Enneagram 8 to focus on its areas of expertise and, in doing so, achieve greater and more impactful results.

How do Enneagram Type 8 people motivate themselves?

Enneagram Type 8 people motivate themselves by proving their capacity for self-sufficiency (and moreover, proving to others that they have everything under control). Enneagram Type 8 finds motivation by seeking to gain control and establish themselves as leaders. Focusing on demonstrating their independence allows Enneagram 8 to force themselves forward and motivate themselves to get things done. Behind their motivation is the constant fear of being seen as frail or incapable of getting things done on their own.

What are the strengths of Enneagram Type 8 for Business?

Below are the three key strengths of Enneagram Type 8 for business.

  • Confidence: Enneagram 8 is supremely confident in its abilities and is not afraid to tackle a challenge head-on. This confidence makes them excellent leaders in a business setting, as they are happy to take control and shoulder the responsibility of organizing a team.
  • Tenacity: Enneagram 8 sticks to its guns and has a stubborn streak that means it won’t back down from a debate. A tenacious attitude services Enneagram 8 well in business as it means they keep pushing and get results.
  • Independence: Enneagram 8 detests the idea of having to rely on others. The Enneagram Challenger does not need others to get the job done. This trait helps Enneagram 8 excel in business, particularly as business owners or entrepreneurs.

What are the struggles for Enneagram Type Eight?

Below are the three key struggles for Enneagram 8.

  • Emotional restraint: Enneagram 8 views emotions as weaknesses. They are inherently afraid of showing vulnerability. As a result, Enneagram 8 struggles to express its emotions or process them in a healthy way.
  • Impatience: Enneagram 8 is results driven and often struggles with uncontrollable impatience. Enneagram Challengers expect others to work with the same dedication and forcefulness they do. When that is not forthcoming, they struggle to accept this and react in unhealthy ways.
  • Aggression: For average and unhealthy Enneagram Type 8s, aggression is a serious problem. Enneagram 8 is bold and confident. This often manifests in a blunt and combative way. When unhealthy or in a downward spiral, Enneagram becomes more verbally and physically aggressive.

How does Enneagram Type 8 socialize?

Enneagram Type 8 socializes confidently in general, but particularly excels at socializing on a surface level . However, despite being a bold and extroverted character, the Challenger struggles to form deep or meaningful bonds with other people. Enneagram Type 8 personalities are naturally dominant characters, and as such, they often assume the alpha role in social engagements. At times this can cause friction as their stubborn streak does not allow much movement for others to make suggestions.

Additionally, Enneagram 8 types struggle to process emotions and are terrified of opening up to other people as they feel this makes them weak. However, they are a friend for life once they lower their emotional defenses. Enneagram 8 is a loyal and dependable friend who will go to the ends of the earth no matter what the cost.

How is an Enneagram Type 8 in a family?

Enneagram Type 8 is a fierce and loyal defender of their family. Enneagram 8 types will stand up and defend their family with every scrap of their being when needed. Enneagram 8 is the head of the family, and they carry that weight with passion and unwavering faithfulness.

However, as parents, Enneagram 8 are firm and sometimes overpoweringly so. Their inability to handle emotions means they lack certain key nurturing skills. Enneagram 8 parents are often practitioners of tough love. The children of an Enneagram 8 parent are taught about responsibility and personal accountability from a young age.

How is an Enneagram Type 8 in a relationship?

Enneagram 8 is an intense and passionate partner in a relationship who gives it their all . However, Enneagram 8 needs a partner that is going to challenge them and be motivated enough to chase their own goals and dreams. The Enneagram 8 Challenger is loving and loyal but also enjoys its independence and appreciates a partner who enjoys theirs also.

Enneagram 8 is a good partner for almost any other Enneatype . However, they form a particularly strong and energetic bond with Enneagram type 1 as well as a deep, mutually respectful connection with Enneagram 9.

How does an Enneagram Type 8 show love?

Enneagram 8 shows love with great romantic passion. It takes Enneagram 8 a little while to open up and allow themselves to connect emotionally with a partner. However, they are capable of profound change once they have crossed that threshold.

Enneagram 8 is a passionate and lustful personality. This translates to all walks of their life, but especially when in love. A healthy Enneagram 8 is loyal, tenderhearted, and utterly devoted to the person they love. Their loyalty and devotion account for love in all its forms. Love of their spouse, their family, and their friends.

How is an Enneagram Type 8 in friendship?

Enneagram 8 is a dedicated and trustworthy friend. Once an Enneagram Type 8 allows someone to get close to them, they are a friend for life. Enneagram is a very supportive friend. They will stand behind their friends and help them reach their potential.

Enneagram 8 comes across as quite abrupt and stern at times, but those they allow to get close understand it comes from a place of love and good intentions. There is nothing that Enneagram 8 won’t do to help their friends.

How does Enneagram Type 8 male differ from Type 8 female?

The Enneagram Type 8 male does not differ from the Type 8 female. The Enneagram makes no trait differentiations between the genders. Enneagram Type 8 males will exhibit the same base traits as Enneagram Type 8 females. There is a gender bias prevalent within each Enneatype, but this does not change anything about the characteristics of a Type 8.

However, Enneagram Type 8 is a predominantly masculine personality found in approximately 7% of men and only 3% of women. These differences between the different Type 8s would be seen regarding the wings. However, there are no statistics showing a gender bias within the different wings.

Does Enneagram Type 8 have commitment issues?

No, Enneagram Type 8s do not have commitment issues . Enneagram 8 has a deep fear of being vulnerable, and that inhibits its willingness to open up and let people get close. However, once they do, Enneagram Type 8 is a loyal and committed personality who will do anything and everything within their power to protect the people they love.

Are Enneagram Type 8 emotional?

Yes, Enneagram Type 8 is emotional, although Enneagram 8 experiences and expresses emotion in a different way. Enneagram Type 8 is considered a lustful and highly passionate personality. Enneagram 8 does not freely display emotion as they view it as a weakness, yet they experience and process emotions in the way they experience and interact with the world. Their passion is redirected towards giving protection and chasing justice.

How do Enneagram Type 8 people control themselves?

Enneagram Type 8 people control themselves by falling back on their self-defense mechanism of denial . Enneagram 8 is driven by a need to be in control and seen as not just self-reliant but a leader who can always be counted on. In order to maintain its control over everything, Enneagram 8 uses denial techniques to ignore issues that would otherwise look to damage its image of being in control.

How is a relationship with Enneagram Type 8?

A relationship with Enneagram Type 8 is different for each of the different Enneatypes. Each Enneatype has different traits and character strengths or weaknesses that otherwise impact their relationships.

Below is an overview of the relationships Enneagram 8 builds with the other Enneatypes.

  • Enneagram Type 8 and Type 1 relationship: Enneagrams 8 and 1 are both bold and driven characters. However, they have opposing ways of dealing with the world. This creates a relationship that can be great but combative.
  • Enneagram Type 8 and Type 2 relationship: A relationship between Enneagram types 8 and 2 can be full of passion and fun. Enneatypes 8 and 2 are driven by a desire to help, albeit from different angles.
  • Enneagram Type 8 and Type 3 relationship: A relationship between Enneagram types 8 and 3 is often the most intense and well-developed. Both Enneatypes support one another with great mutual respect.
  • Enneagram Type 8 and Type 4 relationship: A relationship between Enneatypes 8 and 4 forms a tempestuous and unique bond. Enneatypes 8 and 4 are both passionate characters who will fight to keep their bond strong.
  • Enneagram Type 8 and Type 5 relationship: Relationships between Enneagram types 8 and 5 are balanced ones in which each partner provides the other precisely what they need.
  • Enneagram Type 8 and Type 6 relationship: A relationship between Enneagram Type 8 and Enneagram type 6 is highly loyal and built on a foundation of unity and respect.
  • Enneagram Type 8 and Type 7 relationship: Enneagrams 8 and 7 are lively and independent characters who keep each other healthy and sane.
  • Enneagram Type 8 and Type 8 relationship: An Enneagram 8 double pairing works better than many other double Enneagram relationships. Enneagram 8 is willing to debate and talk and can relate to one another better than many others.
  • Enneagram Type 8 and Type 9 relationship: An Enneagram Type 8 and Enneagram type 9 relationships share a love for seeing things put right. Enneatypes 8 and 9 form strong bonds but may struggle with effective communication.

1. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 1 relationship

A relationship between Enneagram Type 8 and 1 is a high-energy pairing. Together they form a dedicated couple who both enjoy pursuing their careers as much as spending time together. Enneagrams 8 and 1 work well together to help make the world a better place. Both partners must realize that it’s important to slow down from time to time and enjoy the quiet moments together.

2. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 2 relationship

The relationship between Enneagram Type 8 and type 2 is full of passion and dedication. Enneagrams 8 and 2 share a desire to help, albeit from different directions. Together, they form a highly compassionate couple eager to heal the world. As a couple, Enneagrams 8 and 2 must remember to take time to help each other. Otherwise, they lose their connection and drift apart.

3. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 3 relationship

A relationship between Enneagram Type 8 and Type 3 is a reciprocal and intense bond. Enneagram 8 wants to help Enneagram 3 get the recognition they feel they deserve. In return, Enneagram 3 respects and admires Enneagram 8 for all they do. Enneagram 8 and Enneagram 3’s larger personalities can clash when they are in a relationship. Both must work on effective communication in order to maintain the strengths of their bond.

4. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 4 relationship

A relationship between Enneagram Type 8 and Type 4 is often filled with fire and passion. Enneagrams 8 and 4 are both very protective over the people they hold close. However, their proactive nature often creates a fiery relationship. Arguments and quarrels are common, yet anybody who attempts to interject in their relationships meets a strong united front. Communication is crucial for long-term relationship success between two big personalities with clear ideas of who they are.

5. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 5 relationship

A relationship between Enneagram Type 8 and Type 5 is a solid bond built on passion and a feeling of safety. Enneagram 5 offers a level of protection to Enneagram 8, while Enneagram 8 does not get too smothering with their affections which Enneagram 5 appreciates. Each Enneatype is balanced in the way they support and push one another to be better. Resentment swiftly builds should this balance sway too far in either direction.

6. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 6 relationship

A relationship between Enneagram Type 8 and Type 6 is a strong and deeply loyal bond. Enneagram type 6 is highly loyal to those they hold close, while Enneagram 8 will fight to the end to protect those they love. Enneagrams 8 and 6 present a solid united front and face things together. Once trust is broken in this relationship, each of Enneagram 8 and Enneagram 6 struggle to move on or trust again.

7. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 7 relationship

A relationship between Enneagram Type 8 and Type 7 is energetic and passionate. Enneagrams 8 and 7 share a special bond, and 8w7 is by far the most common wing for Enneagram 8. Two independence-loving personalities who move meet life head-on and are loath to slow down. However, for a relationship to last, both must remember to take the time to check in and make sure the other is ok.

8. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 8 relationship

A relationship between Enneagram Type 8 and Type 8 is a solid connection and the strongest of all type-on-type Enneagram relationships. Two Type 8s understand and respect one another’s need for personal space and form a great bond when fighting for justice. Enneagram 8 has a tendency to slide into denial, and as such, in an 8-8 relationship, both must look for the signs of denial and be ready to talk when things get bad.

9. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 9 relationship

A relationship between Enneagram Type 8 and Type 9 is a formidable union. Enneagrams 8 and 9 are eager to help their community and seek a way for people to heal. Enneagrams 8 and 9 have all the tools necessary to make a big difference in the world working as a team. Enneatypes 8 and 9 love spending time together; however, both have a tendency to withdraw when times are hard. Both must work on this in order for the relationship to succeed.

What are the misidentifications for Enneagram Type 8?

The misidentifications for Enneagram Type 8 occur when people mistakenly identify Enneagram 8 as one of the other Enneatypes. Enneagram Type 8 is a bold and motivated character; however, with the inclusion of wings alongside lines of stress and growth, Enneagram 8 displays a range of traits associated with other types. This often leads some to mistake the core base personality. Enneagram 8 is a bold and confident personality,  and it is more readily misidentified as two Enneatypes more than others.

The most common misidentifications for Enneagram Type 8 are Enneagram type 1 and Enneagram type 2. The rate of misidentification also relates to how often an individual mistakenly types themselves.

1. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 1 misidentification

Misidentification of Enneagram Type 8 and type 1 is highly common. However, more frequently, Enneagram 1 is mistaken for Enneagram 8. Both Enneagram 1 and Enneagram 8 are bold and justice-oriented people. However, Enneagram 1 believes in justice in the form of equality. Enneagram 8 sees justice on a more specific level and will use its assertive nature to find justice for those who have been wronged.

2. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 2 misidentification

Misidentification of Enneagram Type 8 and Enneagram type 2 occurs often. Enneagram types 8 and 2 are linked by a growth line for Enneagram Type 8 and a stress line for Enneagram type 2.

Enneagram type 2 becomes aggressive and more emboldened under stress, much like Enneagram 8. When in a period of growth, Enneagram 8 becomes gentler and more emotionally expressive, much like Enneagram type 2. In addition, both Enneatypes are keen to help people, adding to the rate at which misidentification occurs.

3. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 3 misidentification

The misidentification of Enneagram Type 8 and type 3 is relatively common, as both characters are assertive and driven. Efficiency is important to both as it means they are making progress. However, misidentification between Enneagram types 8 and 3 stops at the surface level.

The differences are more apparent looking deeper . Enneagram Type 8 is driven by power and helping others, while Enneagram 3 is driven by a selfish need for gain and self-improvement. Enneagram Type 8 wants to be seen as a leader and savior. Enneagram three wants others to look up to them and shower them with adulation.

4. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 4 misidentification

Misidentification between Enneagram types 8 and 4 is rare. While Enneatypes 8 and 4 share the same passionate approach to life, their differences are far more apparent and far-ranging. Enneagram Type 8 is about meeting life head one, shuttering their eyes to emotion, and pushing through tough times. Enneagram type 4 lingers in their pain and embraces it.

In many ways, Enneagram Type 8 and type 4 are polar opposites of one another. Misidentification occurs most frequently with unhealthy Type 8s, given their extreme range of emotion and eagerness to alienate themselves.

5. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 5 misidentification

Misidentification between Enneagram types 8 and 5 is rare but not unheard of. Enneagram 8 shares a line of disintegration with Enneagram type 5. Most instances of Enneatype 8 and 5 misidentification relate to a Type 8 during periods of stress.

When stressed, Enneagram Type 8 pushes people away and retreats into their minds to find reasons not to get involved in situations. These traits are strongly associated with Enneagram type 5 and so far removed from the standard Type 8 behaviors to justify the type confusion.

6. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 6 misidentification

Misidentification between Enneagram types 8 and 6 is common at times. Confusion arises as Enneagram type 6 has a tendency to respond aggressively when they feel threatened. This reaction sees Enneagram type 6 misidentified as Enneagram Type 8.

Differences between Enneagram Type 8 and type 6 are seen upon closer inspection of the two personalities. Enneagram 8 is fiercely independent and always reacts to things in an assertive manner. Enneagram 6 finds security in a social circle and only reacts aggressively when they feel backed into a corner.

7. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 7 misidentification

Misidentification between Enneagram types 8 and 7 occurs from time to time. However, Enneagram 7 is a wing type to Enneagram 8, and the biggest issue is confusion as to which Enneatype is dominant and which is the wing.

Both Enneagram Type 8 and type 7 are dominant and approach life with an assertive attitude. However, their driving motivations are where differences appear . Enneagram 8 fears being seen as weak or vulnerable and so actively work to disprove that notice, while Enneagram 7 wants to avoid emotions entirely for fear of being hurt. Additionally, Enneagram 7s are more fun-loving free-spirited characters, while Enneagram 8 is about gaining power and having control.

8. Enneagram Type 8 and Type 9 misidentification

Misidentification between Enneagram types 8 and 9 is also frequently a matter of confusion, given their close proximity and wing connection. Both Enneagram types 8 and 9 are driven by a desire to protect and help others. However, the strength of their differences limits cases of misidentification.

Enneagram 8 relishes conflict, often using it as a tool for motivation and to prove themselves in the face of their internal fears. Enneagram 9 is conflict-avoidant and wants to ensure everybody lives in harmony with one another.

What are the theories about the Enneagram Type 8?

There are two prevailing theories about Enneagram Type 8. Firstly, Enneagram Type 8 is emotionless. This is an incorrect theory, as while Enneagram Type 8 struggles to display their emotions for fear of being seen as vulnerable, they are very emotional personalities. As a body type personality, Enneagram 8 trusts its instincts over emotion. Enneagram 8 is an authoritative character and desires to be seen as strong and in command, which gives them an emotionless air, especially to those that do not know them. Secondly, Enneagram 8 is aggressive. When at healthy or average levels, Enneagram 8 is not assertive but not aggressive. They are dominant and chase after what they believe is right; however, forcefulness and aggression are commonly confused.