Overview

Enneagram Type Eight, often referred to as "The Challenger," or "The Protector," has a personality type characterized by assertiveness, strength, and a desire for control and justice. Eights are known for their commanding presence, determination, and an inherent need to protect themselves and those they care about.

Eights are natural leaders who are unafraid of confrontation and excel at taking charge of challenging situations. They are straightforward and direct in their communication, valuing honesty and loyalty. They have a strong sense of justice and are often motivated to stand up for the underdog or those they perceive as being treated unfairly.

However, their assertiveness can sometimes border on aggression, and Eights may struggle with issues related to power and control, seeing others as a means to get what they want. They can find it challenging to show vulnerability or admit when they are wrong.

Paradoxically, when those with a Type Eight personality learn to trust and open up to others, recognizing that vulnerability is not a sign of weakness but a source of true strength, they channel their power and assertiveness in positive and constructive ways. Eights have a remarkable capacity for leadership and protection, and when they use these qualities with compassion and empathy, they create positive change for all, including themselves.

GIFTS

  • Assertive
  • Self-Determining
  • Decisive
  • Visionary

AT MY BEST

  • Inspire and Energzie Others
  • Courageous
  • Big-Hearted
  • Transcend My Need for Control

AVERAGE BEHAVIORS

  • Self-Sufficient
  • No Nonsense
  • Risk-Taking
  • Dominating
  • Making Big Promises
  • Confrontational and Intimidating

IMPACT ON OTHERS

    + Others feel inspired to experience their own strength.

    - Others are intimidated by the strength of my aggression.

Iceberg Model

What distinguishes one personality from another? The answer is the hidden motivations that shape behavior, thinking, and way of being. In the Enneagram Iceberg Model, this is represented by what’s below the surface.

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Type Movements

INTEGRATING YOUR POTENTIAL

You embody qualities of Type 2: The Helper


WHEN YOU'RE FEELING OFF

You are helped by the qualities of Type 5: The Investigator

TYPE 8

Key Insight

Your open-heartedness and willingness to let others in are vital dimensions of your personality. The groundedness and strength you experience allow your heart to register your deep caring for others.

 

Still Curious About Type 8?

OUR TEAM CAN HELP YOU LEARN MORE.

In our Enneagram discovery sessions, you’ll work with a Deep Living Lab coach to get closer to your personality type – and set the foundation for going deeper.

 
 

Still Curious About Type 8?

OUR TEAM CAN HELP YOU LEARN MORE.

In our Enneagram discovery sessions, you’ll work with a Deep Living Lab coach to get closer to your personality type – and set the foundation for going deeper.

*Overview section is adapted from the Enneagram Inquiry Process™, created by Diana Redmond and Elizabeth Carrington and used with permission.Type models adapted from The Enneagram Iceberg Models in Deep Living with the Enneagram: Recovering Your True Nature, Roxanne Howe-Murphy and used with permission.