Enneagram Type 8 – The Challenger

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will. – Charlotte Bronte

Enneagram Type Eights are very independent, so independent that they are afraid of being controlled in any way.

When we are learning about Enneagram theory, the first thing to do is look at the basic fear and basic desire of that personality since that is the core of the Enneagram type theory.

Basic Fear: Being harmed or controlled by others
Basic Desire: To control their own destiny

Overview of Type Eight

Type Eights want to be in control of the situation. They want to be the leader. They don’t want anyone else to try to control them. They tend to be natural leaders, and most people are ready to follow them without much protest. One reason that they want to be in control of the situation is that they have trouble trusting other people.

They are very hard working and energetic. They are good at getting things done and enjoy a challenge. They tend to be good at seeing the big picture which helps them to get things done.

Type Eights often lose emotional contact with those around them because of how busy they are. They are also blunt and quick to anger.

Type Eight with a Wing-Seven

They are sometimes called the Maverick.

They tend to be better with people. Less focused on getting things done and more focused on the people around them.

The focus on emotions can make them desperate to connect, but unsure of how to do it.

Type Eight with a Wing-Nine

This combination is sometimes called the Bear (I didn’t just make this up.)

They tend to be calmer and more laid back in how they view things. They are more willing to just watch things unfold, rather than just jumping in and forcing it to work the way that they think that it should.

Type Eight in Growth and Stress

When Type Eights are stressed they tend to act more like unhealthy Type Fives. They become secretive and fearful, which is completely different the Type Eight’s normal confident, open self.

When Type Eights are happy and fulfilled, called ‘Growth,’ they tend to act more like healthy Type Twos. They become more calm, happy, and open-hearted.

People and Characters who are Type Eights

Sometimes,  when we learn about different personality types, and then meet someone who has that personality type, it is hard not to put them into a box. Personality types make things sound so neat and easy, it can be tempting to try to make people just as neat and easy, but this is something that must be avoided.

Every person is unique and different. Just because two people have the same personality type does not mean that they are going to act the same.

That is why I want to share some people and characters who have this personality type. I hope that this will help you to see that even within a single personality type there is a wide range of personality.

Real Life Type Eights Include:
Roseanne Barr
Winston Churchill
Clint Eastwood
Ernest Hemingway
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Barbara Walters

Fictional Type Eights Include:
Alastor Moody (Harry Potter)
Esmeralda (Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Inspector Javert (Les Miserables)
Johanna Mason (Hunger Games)
President Snow (Hunger Games)
Othello (Othello)

I hope that this post has helped you to understand Enneagram Type Eights better. If you are interested in learning more about the Enneagram type theory in general, I wrote this post a little while ago: Characters Need to be Human. Also if you are interested in finding out what your Enneagram type is, this test is good: Enneagram Test. It’s free and accurate.

3 thoughts on “Enneagram Type 8 – The Challenger

  1. Pingback: Humans Are Unique | A.M. Molvik's Ramblings

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.