Enneagram Type 8

Enneagram Type 8 - The Challenger, The Protector - they are decisive, tough-minded, and authoritative, while they fear being controlled or limited in any way. 

Enneagram Type 8 symbolic animal - the tiger.

They are exemplified by the tiger - strong and powerful, both a protector and a defender.

They tend to focus on the location of power and control.  They are highly motivated to be self-reliant.

At their best....

Type 8s are life's champions.  They are responsible, powerful, and high-octane.

They are natural leaders with the drive and energy to survive in any situation.

They jump to the defence of anyone who is being mistreated, and will confront the offenders without any misgivings.

They have the ability to bring quiet strength to the present moment.

Patterns that might cause problems....

Enneagram Type 8s might have noticed that they:

  • suppress their own doubts and fears so that others can depend on them
  • take on challenges that push them to their limits
  • prefer to handle problems and stress on their own
  • are forceful and direct, and like to get straight to the point

They use these behaviours in an effort to maintain their sense of control.

Type 8s may eventually come to realise that their assertiveness is creating the opposite effect and causing more problems instead.

A desire to break free from these patterns of behaviour is the first step for those who are dominant in Enneagram Type 8 to turn their lives around, and reorient themselves towards their soul's true intention.

How do I know if I'm a Type 8?

Taking an Enneagram test will give you an indication of what your dominant type MIGHT be, but it cannot give you a definitive answer. 

Some people can spot their dominant type straight away just by reading a description.  Others may take some time to work out which description fits best.

My advice is to start by looking at the motivation for each type. 

Type 8s are motivated by the desire to protect themselves, to be in control, to be self-sufficient and self-reliant.

Which of the 9 motivations is most important to you?

EFT Tapping for Enneagram Type 8

Look for specific events where you felt rejected or betrayed by caregivers or trusted friends.

How did you know it was important to never be seen as soft or weak?

Remember! - EFT Tapping is extremely powerful and can uncover intense emotions very quickly. 

If you know or suspect that there are unsettling or traumatic events in your past, do not use EFT without the assistance of a suitably qualified practitioner.

Tapping Affirmation for Enneagram Type 8

I release my need to always think that others will try to control me.

Mindful Meditation for Enneagram Type 8

I can reorient myself towards my DiamondFire when I:

STOP using willpower to defend against potential attack

START to recognise my soul's invulnerability as part of Source


Quick List
Enneagram Motivations

Type 1 - to be good

Type 2 - to be appreciated

Type 3 - to be successful

Type 4 - to be unique

Type 5 - to be knowledgeable

Type 6 - to be prepared

Type 7 - to be free

Type 8 - to be self-reliant

Type 9 - to be at peace