Contrary to popular notions, Enneagram 8s can INTEGRATE to 5.

The prevailing Enneagram theory states that Type 8 integrates to 2 and disintegrates to 5.

The Enneagram Institute describes this pattern in the following way:

Enneagram Eight Stress Growth, Integration Disintegration Enneagram Institute

When moving in their Direction of Disintegration (stress), self-confident Eights suddenly become secretive and fearful at Five. However, when moving in their Direction of Integration (growth), lustful, controlling Eights become more open-hearted and caring, like healthy Twos.

©Enneagram Institute (image and text)

In this video, I challenge that notion using clips from Jocko Willink, as well as a recent Talkin’ Truth podcast that I did with a Type 8 to highlight some healthy ways that Enneagram Eights can use point five for growth.

Some of the defining, core traits of an Enneagram 8 are willfulness or drive. However, these qualities can become strengths or weaknesses depending on the context, amount, and the discernment with which they are applied.

A healthy integration of Points 2 AND 5 can help 8s maximize their strengths and avoid disintegration.

Enneagram 8 Strengths and Weaknesses: Willfulness, Drive

A healthy integration of point Five allows Type Eight to step back from their tempers and emotional reactivity, detach from unproductive anger, get clarity, and take wise, discerning action.

Watch the YouTube video to see examples from the podcast and Jocko Willink, showcasing what a healthy integration of point Five looks like in real life.

Afterward, check out this companion article, delving deeper into the maxims of Jocko Willink and how they unveil the dynamics of the Enneagram 8-5-2 connection, offering insights for personal growth.