Articles - Type 8
  • Type 8

    by Published on 08-30-2011 10:09 AM

    Some people see the world as dangerous, and some see it as safe. Some see it as just or unjust. Nevertheless, we all live in the same world. Elements of our personality color our views, and human perception is little more than an inkblot test. One purpose of the Enneagram of Personality is to describe the various lenses that distort our perception of the world. If you believe that the world is ultimately competitive, that you must be independent, and that the objective of life is survival, then you might be:

    (Also known as “The Survivalist”)
    by timeless

    I. Introduction to the Enneagram of Personality

    The Enneagram of Personality is a personality classification system comprised of nine types. Each one of these nine types represents a distinct set of motivations, fears, desires and virtues. This article (and the other articles in this series) are designed to present each of the nine types ...
    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:30 PM

    An Overview of the Eight (pg 219-220)

    Everyday language comments regularly on the reasons for wich power is being pursued. If it is narrowly confined to the interest of an individual or group, one says it is being sought for selfish ends; if it reflects the interest or perception of a much larger number of people, those involved are thought inspired leaders or statesmen...

    Much less appreciated is the extent to which the purpose of power is the exercise of power itself. In all societies, from the most primitive to the ostensibly most civilized, the exercise of power is profoundly enjoyed. Elaborate rituals of obeisance - adbanquets, a place in the motorcade, access to the corporate jet, the military salute - celebrate the possession of power. These ritual are greatly rewarding; so are the pleas and intercessions of those who seek to influence others in the exercise of power; and so, of course, are the acts of exercise - the instructions to subordinates, the ...
    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:28 PM

    Self-help Practices for Enneagram Type Eight

    • The suggestion to get in touch with your feelings may be something of a psychologicall cliche, but in your case, it is a helpful one. No one would question and Eight's passion, and no one knows as much as you do how much you secretly want to feel closer to people, but only you can learn to allow those feelings to surface. Vulnerability lets others know that they matter, that you care about them. No one is suggesting that you walk around with your heart on your sleeve, but denying your hurt or acting it out is not the solution.
    • Grief work is very helpful for Eights. You are not the kind of person to sit around feeling sorry for yourself for long, but if you are suffering, it is important to find constructive ways of grieving your losses and hurts. That tough shell of yours got there for a reason. Maybe it's time to explore what some of the reasons were.
    • Eights generally have a hearty sense of camaraderie and enjoy
    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:27 PM

    heroic mercy
    resourceful action
    decisive honor

    rugged pragmatism
    expansive domination
    belligerent aggression

    ruthless brutality
    megalomaniacal rage
    murderous cruelty

    Type eight people care more than most about who is in charge. They can become trapped by compulsive domination of others. One of their talents is an intuitive sense of strategy and tactics.

    Except in rare cases, people of type eight show a flavoring from one of the two adjacent wing points, so we can say they are eight with a seven wing (8/7) or eight with a nine wing (8/9).

    Like all humans, eights also come in three instinctual flavors: social (8sc), sexual (8sx), or self-preserving (8sp). In addition, eights also experience nine distinct levels of mental-emotional health (briefly described by the phrases at the top of this page). Therefore, it is possible to distinguish fifty-four distinct subflavors of type eight.
    by Published on 06-01-2011 05:20 PM

    Enneagram Type 8:
    Leader, Solution Master, Maverick, Protector or Intimidator
    You want to be open, honest, direct and straightforward. More importantly, you want to be independent, make your own decisions and direct your own course. You see yourself as assertive, decisive and resourceful. You would like others to see you as strong, fair-minded and magnanimous. Your idealized image is that you are protective and powerful.
    You are charismatic and exude confidence. You have a take-charge, no nonsense, can do attitude. You have great pride in your ability to face, endure and overcome adversity, believing that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Your assertive stance and imposing presence make you a ‘force of nature’. You like challenges and usually overcome the kinds of obstacles that limit or deter others. You have a lust for life and want to experience everything to the fullest. You believe that ‘too much of a good thing is almost enough’. ...

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