Type 1 and Type 8 Relationship

Learn about Enneagram types and relationships

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What is Enneagram Type 1
(The Idealist)?
People with an Enneagram type One personality tend to be rational, principled, and judicial in their behavior. They usually have a desire for justice and equality. They are motivated by a strong sense of right and wrong.

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What is Enneagram Type 8
(The Protector)?
People with an Enneagram type Eight personality tend to be self-confident, powerful, and assertive in their behavior. They love engaging in debates and are skilled at making difficult decisions. They are fiercely independent and dislike being reliant on others.

Communication

How can Ones and Eights communicate effectively with each other?

Ones and Eights are both instinctual personalities who prefer to be in control of a situation and openly advocate for their beliefs. Ones are driven by their moral compass and desire for justice, while Eights are motivated by a desire to protect themselves and others.

Ones should be direct and open with Eights, but should avoid making demands.

Eights should be openminded around Ones, avoiding overt criticism or negativity.


Resolving Conflict

How can Ones and Eights resolve conflict?

Because Eights usually gain energy from conflict, they tend to be perceived as intense. Eights should keep in mind that Ones don’t generally enjoy arguing. To help ease stress, Eights need to avoid engaging Ones in unnecessary debate.

Ones should avoid being offended by Eights’ need to argue, recognizing that Eights are not necessarily upset when tempting confrontation. Ones should directly express their needs to Eights.


Building Trust

How can Ones and Eights build trust?

Ones are likely to trust Eights who advocate for the less-able and work to help their community. Eights should avoid being critical of Ones’ actions.

Eights will grow to trust Ones who are strong-willed and unwavering in their beliefs; Eights admire Ones’ dedication to their convictions. Ones should try to be more open and honest around Eights.

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Working Together

How can Ones and Eights work together?

Enneagram Ones and Eights are both outspoken, take-charge personalities, who are vocal about their beliefs. However, Ones tend to be more idealistic and focused on doing things the right way, while Eights are very practical and prefer to seek immediate solutions.

Ones can help Eights work to be more patient and wait for permanent, maintainable change, while Eights can help Ones think more realistically about certain situations.


Dealing with Change

How can Ones and Eights deal with change?

Ones tend to enjoy following set plans and may be mentally disrupted by change, especially if they weren’t involved in its’ implementation. Eights have the potential to be more flexible, particularly those with Seven wings. Both Ones and Eights are likely to vocally express their opinions about a new situation.


Managing Stress

Ones and Eights need to seek to understand what brings stress to the other type and should try to avoid causing it when possible.

Ones are easily stressed by...

  • Being perceived as rigid or inflexible
  • Receiving criticism from those they admire
  • Feeling as though they can’t make a difference
  • Overwhelming reminders of corruption in the world

Eights are easily stressed by...

  • Feeling unimportant or insignificant
  • Facing vulnerable or emotional situations
  • Others’ dishonesty or misdirected blame
  • Feeling out of control or helpless

Ones should avoid being easily offended by Eights, while Eights should allow Ones space to breathe and recharge.


Encouraging and Motivating

Ones and Eights can encourage and motivate each other in their personal and professional lives.

Ones are motivated by...

  • Fighting for issues of social justice
  • Volunteering and helping those less fortunate
  • Finding the right solutions to problems
  • Pursuing their own personal growth

Eights are motivated by...

  • Taking charge and leading others
  • Feeling free, understood, and respected
  • Making decisions that help other people
  • Physical action and exercise

Ones can help motivate Eights by participating in occasional debate or discussion, while Eights can encourage Ones by helping advocate for social justice issues.


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