Enneagram Type 8: Challenger / Front Contestants / Manager


Enneagram type 8 is enterprising and powerful people who are busy having control of things and to satisfy their immediate needs. They are very responsible and would be happy to fight if they experience injustice.

It is important for Enneagram type 8 to be in control, to maintain their strength and they would like to be independent of others. Otters have many leadership skills and goes to the front with vigor and commitment that sometimes perceived as anger.

They can fill much of the landscape and seem dominant, including using many expletives and images in their language. Eights are also very loving and protecting people and has an inner fragile core which they are attached much.

Contributes with:

Enneagram type 8 is energetic people with great commitment. They are happy to take leadership and are good to have a grip on things.

Thrives best with:

Enneagram type 8 thrives best when there is something active. They willingly take responsibility and take the lead. It is important for them that they can express themselves directly without having to package messages into.


  • Leadership qualities
  • Takes responsibility
  • Direct (a shovel is a shovel)
  • Courageous

Change at stress:

When type 8 is pressed and paralyzed they retire and become more thoughtful while they reorganize their troops.

Change at security:

When Enneagram type 8 is comfortable and confident minimized focus on their own needs and switches to care for other people. They are helpful and gentler.

You are possibly enneagram type 8, if you can recognize the following:

It is important for you to feel that you control and on top of things.
To avoid showing weakness, and may feel contempt for weak people.
Anger is a feeling which purifies and can be used constructively.
You focus on the truth and it is important for you to mark your position.
You tend to see the extremes in a situation: - people are either just or unjust. The world is black or white, nothing in between.
It is important for you to satisfy the needs here and now, when they occur (food, conversation, sex).
It is important for you to satisfy the needs here and now, when they occur (food, conversation, sex).
You are quick to make decisions and take easily control if no one else does.
You live you into the mood and can be moved to tears when you are experiencing innocence.

Your personal path of development:

Enneagram Type 8's development path goes through to get rid fixing on justice and control by developing contacts with the softer emotions and the inner vulnerable. Otter develop their ability to be 'innocent': to be present in any situation without affecting what is happening, without checking and without taking responsibility for the situation. Through this Otter connect to the special aspect of essential condition where the underlying and overarching truth illuminates everything that happens.

Passion: Desire
Fixation: Justice
Special ability: Innocence
Essence: Truth

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