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What is an 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 hate being reliant on others.

Communication

Enneagram Type 8 & Type 8 Communication

How can Eights communicate effectively with each other?

Enneagram Eights are driven by a desire to be in control of their own lives.

Eights should be direct and clear when communicating with other Eights.


Resolving Conflict

Enneagram Type 8 & Type 8 Conflict

How can Eights resolve conflict?

Eights should address issues with other Eights head-on; they need to communicate their perspective calmly to prevent the argument from escalating. Eights should each take ownership of their wrongdoings while working together to reach a compromise.


Building Trust

Enneagram Type 8 & Type 8 Trust

How can Eights build trust?

Eights tend to trust other Eights who share their opinions calmly and openly. Eights, when healthy, are likely to form a strong bond with one another, as they have an opportunity to regularly engage in dialogue without worrying about offending the other easily.

Working Together

Enneagram Type 8 & Type 8 Working Together

How can Eights work together?

Eights tend to be assertive, confident, and independent. They bring fair, logical decision-making to a work environment. Eights can help other Eights process and evaluate difficult choices.


Dealing with Change

Enneagram Type 8 & Type 8 Change

How can Eights deal with change?

Eights tend to adapt well to most situations, given that their personal freedom is not impacted. They are likely to express any issues they have with a change.


Managing Stress

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

Enneagram Type 8 & Type 8 Stress

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

Eights should avoid escalating or intensifying arguments with other Eights; they should focus, instead, on discussing issues calmly.


Encouraging and Motivating

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

Enneagram Type 8 & Type 8 Motivations

Eights are motivated by...

  • Taking charge and leading others
  • Feeling free, understood, and respected
  • Making decisions that help other people
  • Logical and practical ideas and solutions

Eights can encourage other Eights by listening to and affirming their good ideas.


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