Enneagram Fives are motivated by the desire to feel useful and competent, while Eights are driven by the need to remain in control of their own lives.
Fives should be direct and clear when addressing Eights.
Eights should be calm and concise around Fives, allowing them plenty of space to recharge.
Fives and Eights should work through issues logically. Fives need to express their perspective openly and stand their ground. Eights should listen closely to Fives, without interrupting; they should then express their own viewpoint calmly. Both personalities should be patient and level-headed while working toward a relatively peaceful settlement.
Fives tend to trust Eights who are rational and intellectual. Eights should give Fives plenty of personal space.
Eights are likely to trust Fives who can be open and firm. Fives should engage in occasional debate or discussion of an interesting issue.
Fives tend to be curious and reserved, while Eights are generally assertive and outspoken.
Fives bring knowledge and deep thinking to a workplace; they can help Eights consider multiple ideas before making a decision.
Eights offer practical ideas and fair, balanced directing to a work environment. Eights can help Fives advocate firmly for their own ideas.
Fives don’t tend to be negatively affected by change unless it harms or impacts their personal space or independence.
Eights may be negatively affected by change if it disturbs their personal freedom and control.
Fives and Eights need to seek to understand what brings stress to the other type and should try to avoid causing it when possible.
Fives should avoid withdrawing completely from Eights, though Eights need to allow Fives plenty of space to reenergize.
Fives and Eights can encourage and motivate each other in their personal and professional lives.
Fives can motivate Eights by engaging in a discussion or debate.
Eights can excite Fives by recognizing and affirming their skills and knowledge.
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