• Type 8 ➝ The Challenger

The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational.

    • Basic Fear: Of being harmed or controlled by others
    • Basic Desire: To protect themselves (to be in control of their own life and destiny)
    • Key Motivations: Want to be self-reliant, to prove their strength and resist weakness, to be important in their world, to dominate the environment, and to stay in control of their situation.

Eights are self-confident, strong, and assertive. Protective, resourceful, straight-talking, and decisive, but can also be ego-centric and domineering. Eights feel they must control their environment, especially people, sometimes becoming confrontational and intimidating. Eights typically have problems with their tempers and with allowing themselves to be vulnerable. At their Best: self- mastering, they use their strength to improve others' lives, becoming heroic, magnanimous, and inspiring.

We have named personality type Eight The Challenger because, of all the types, Eights enjoy taking on challenges themselves as well as giving others opportunities that challenge them to exceed themselves in some way. Eights are charismatic and have the physical and psychological capacities to persuade others to follow them into all kinds of endeavors—from starting a company, to rebuilding a city, to running a household, to waging war, to making peace.

Eights have enormous willpower and vitality, and they feel most alive when they are exercising these capacities in the world. They use their abundant energy to effect changes in their environment—to “leave their mark" on it—but also to keep the environment, and especially other people, from hurting them and those they care about. At an early age, Eights understand that this requires strength, will, persistence, and endurance—qualities that they develop in themselves and which they look for in others.

Eights do not want to be controlled or to allow others to have power over them (their Basic Fear), whether the power is psychological, sexual, social, or financial. Much of their behavior is involved with making sure that they retain and increase whatever power they have for as long as possible. An Eight may be a general or a gardener, a small businessman or a mogul, the mother of a family or the superior of a religious community. No matter: being “in charge” and leaving their imprint on their sphere is uniquely characteristic of them.

Eights are the true “rugged individualists” of the Enneagram. More than any other type, they stand alone. They want to be independent, and resist being indebted to anyone. They often refuse to “give in” to social convention, and they can defy fear, shame, and concern about the consequences of their actions. Although they are usually aware of what people think of them, they do not let the opinions of others sway them. They go about their business with a steely determination that can be awe inspiring, even intimidating to others.

The Eight with a Seven WingThe Maverick

The traits of the Eight and those of a Seven-wing reinforce eachother to produce a very aggressive subtype. Eights with a Seven-wing are the most openly aggressive of all the subtypes because each component types is aggressive - Eights in their quest for power and Sevens in their acquisition of experiences and posessions. This is also the least other-related and most egocentric of all the subtypes, making it one of the most difficult for others to get along with easily.

Healthy people of this subtype are highly extroverted, action-oriented, and extremely energetic. They take the initiative almost all the time - from business deals to romantic engagements - with great gusto and confidence of success. The healthy Eight's charisma combines with the healthy Seven's capacity to enjoy life, producing an extraordinarily outgoing personality whose inner strength and vitality may be so outstanding as to allow Eights with a Seven-wing to have a public, and possibly historical, impact. Their magnanimity will have a practial focus in the concern they show for the material well-being of others.

Average people of this subtype are very interested in power and money, two concerns which reinforce each other. They have a strong business sense, are highly extroverted, and possess an enormous drive which they pour into their work, interests, and adventures. These are robust, earthy, and materialistic people whose feet are firmly planted on the ground. They easily dominate their environments, particularly other people. They are aggressive, pursuing what they want like a hungry animal after its prey. They can also be extremely egocentric, selfish, and rapacious. People of this subtype use money to manipulate others, treating them as possessions or as pawns in their power games. They have no compassion for others and do not feel guilty for their actions. Nevertheless, people of this subtype betray a certain insecurity about money and power, since they never feel that they have enough of either to make them fully independent or secure in life.

Unhealthy persons ofthis subtype are ruthless and impulsive: they can do and say things which will later be regarded as either a stroke of genius or a fatal mistake. They are offensive and tyrannical, verbally and physically brutish to others, lashing out at anyone who has frustrated them or dared to resist their wills. They have explosively violent tempers and quickly get into a rage. Their manic tendencies reinforce their delusions of omnipotence: they may spend vast amounts of money to feed their inflated notions of themselves. They tend to get out of control when they are anxious or feel threatened. Since they are susceptible to anxiety, they defend themselves against it by acting out, impulsively striking first, attempting to destroy before they are destroyed.

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