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Basics of Enneagram Type 8

The Enneagram is a complex system that can guide our efforts to change the particular and repetitive aspects of how we think, feel, and act (patterns) that limit us and get in the way of achieving the results we want. While we all can identify with all of the types in one way or another, we tend to fixate or see and act in the world from one specific type.

This is a very basic guide to Type 8. Type 8 represents that part in all of us that wants to be big and powerful, pushing back against any internal or external force that tries to restrain our instinctual, vital drive. Regardless of our type, we can discover the wisdom of the journey from lust to innocence that Type 8 faces every day and teaches us about.

Center of Intelligence: Body

Focus of Attention: Eights focus on power and control.

Patterns of:

Behavior: Eights are energetically large and move into action, they don’t dodge confrontation, especially if it’s to protect someone who they perceive as weaker or smaller than them. They have difficulty recognizing their own limits and can overwork themselves to unhealthy levels.

Feeling: Eights can easily access anger. They appear fearless and can be perceived as intimidating even without intention.

Thinking: Eights can be categorical in their thinking, believing they know what’s best and true.

Passion —Lust: lust is a passion for intensity, not only sexual. Eights crave physical gratification in an urge to fill up an inner sense of emptiness. There is a lot of raw animal power in this lust for what’s big and powerful.

Path to Integration: Lust has a tremendous amount of energy; this energy is vital energy, full of life. Pushing against is a dynamic that will always get refueled as there will always be something to push against. Innocence is a state with a tremendous amount of energy, vital energy, that is harmonious and stable. Innocence allows us to see how to wisely use our own power.


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