Hand punching through obstacles. Enneagram 8 Challenger Leader Boss core desire control, power and strength, self-reliance.

 Overview

General Archetypal Names: Challenger, Protector, Leader, Boss (Watch a podcast discussion on the names and theme of Type 8 here)

Core Motivational Theme: Strength/Self-Reliance, Control/Power

Core Fear: being weak, vulnerable, dependent, powerless; getting taken advantage of, harmed, controlled, manipulated

Core Desire: to be self-reliant, strong, in control of situations; to have an impact on others and their environment; self-determination, self-mastery

Center of Intelligence: gut/instinctive

Connecting Points: 2 (heart/feeling), 5 (head/thinking)

Archetypal Journey (Levels of Consciousness)

Dominating, Strong Cutthroat Dictator symbolically killing inner feminine. Toxic Masculinity. Enneagram 8 tarot archetype

It’s a dog eat dog world, survival of the fittest, only the strong survive. Dominate or be dominated; I chose the former.

Rugged Individualist stubbornly asserting will to acquire resources but suffering self-inflicted wound. Enneagram 8 archetype

Show no weakness. We’ll get along just fine so long as you follow my lead and recognize that it’s my way or the highway.

Gracious Protector with masculine feminine balance, restrained force. Hindu god archetype Superior Man. Awakened Enneagram 8

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.” – Aristotle

“The superior man is not seeking for fulfillment through work and woman, because he is already full. For him, work and intimacy are opportunities to give his gifts, and be vanished in the bliss of the giving.” – David Deida

Integration and Disintegration / Connecting Points

8 integration 2: control power, passion addiction to supporting others, fairness, consideration. Providership to enablement.
8 disintegration 5: fear of vulnerability, rationalization, detachment, social darwinism to reflection, self-restraint.

Resources

Podcasts

Talking Truth Elliot Killian Enneagram 8 Ambition, Leadership, Empathy

Talkin’ Truth w/ an Enneagram 8: Leadership, Balancing Ambition and Empathy | Ep.4

Eights can have a reputation for being assholes, but they can also be caring, thoughtful leaders who make things happen and bring out the best in everyone around them.