Enneagram Sixes are driven by the need to feel safe and secure in their everyday lives, while Eights are motivated by their desire to remain in control of their own lives.
Sixes should be clear and direct when addressing Eights.
Eights should communicate logically with Sixes.
Sixes should be open and honest with Eights; they need to share any issues directly with Eights, while avoiding any passive aggressive behavior. Eights should patiently listen to Sixes and calmly offer their own perspective. Sixes and Eights should work together toward a mutual compromise.
Sixes are likely to trust Eights who are patient and loyal. Eights should show consistency and reliability in their relationships with Sixes by honoring set commitments and offering constant support.
Eights tend to trust Sixes who share their honest viewpoints. Sixes should also listen to and support Eights’ expressions of thoughts, ideas, and opinions.
Sixes tend to be trustworthy, hard-working, and warm, while Eights are generally outspoken, courageous, and direct.
Sixes bring practical decision-making to a workplace. Sixes can help Eights consider other viewpoints.
Eights offer fair, balanced thinking to a work environment; they can help Sixes feel more confident in their own abilities.
Because they prefer consistency and predictability, Sixes are likely to be disrupted by unexpected change. However, they are likely to adjust after taking time to assess and process the situation.
Eights tend to only be upset by change if it limits their personal autonomy.
Sixes and Eights need to seek to understand what brings stress to the other type and should try to avoid causing it when possible.
Sixes should avoid being passive aggressive around Eights; they should, instead, directly communicate their thoughts.
Eights should avoid being overly critical of Sixes by including compliments and appreciation alongside constructive criticism.
Sixes and Eights can encourage and motivate each other in their personal and professional lives.
Sixes can motivate Eights by engaging in occasional discussion or debate about a subject of interest.
Eights can encourage Sixes by spending time with them.