Enneagram Type Eight – The Challenger
Type 8 Overview:
Type 8s are the Challengers or the Protectors. The are confident, powerful, assertive, and resourceful.
Type 8’s basic desire is to protect themselves and maintain control of their own life. Their basic fear is being betrayed, harmed or controlled by others.
Type 8s stand up for themselves and for their loved ones. They advocate for the underdog. They are leaders and are decisive and logical. Type 8s do struggle to express their vulnerabilities. They also tend to take charge of a situation, even when it isn’t their place to do so.
Type 8s are self confident and don’t back down from a challenge. If you tend to be aggressive when challenged or someone tries to control you, you might be a Type 8.
Levels of Development for Type 8:
Type 8s can vary greatly in their behavior, depending on their current level of development. You can also move between levels of development based on different circumstances in your life. Read more about development levels here: