You Might be an Enneagram Type 8


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Unlock your inner Type Eight Wild Human if you:

  • Embrace straightforwardness and authenticity. What you see is what you get – honesty and transparency are your guiding stars.
  • Fearlessly confront challenges. Conflict, when necessary, doesn’t deter you. You’re not confrontational by design, but you won’t back away when it’s called for.
  • Embody fearlessness. You’re unafraid to challenge boundaries and achieve significant feats.
  • Harness the power of anger. It’s not always a negative emotion; it can provide you with energy, protection, and guidance.
  • Conquer limitations. Rather than succumb to them, you work through them with relentless determination, often toggling between intense effort and total disengagement.
  • Walk the line between calculated risks and impulsiveness. You’re open to both strategic leaps and spontaneous decisions.
  • Reveal your compassionate side, especially when defending the underprivileged. If you witness injustice, you’re quick to step in and advocate for the underdog.
  • Hold yourself and others to high standards. Perfection isn’t the goal, but effort and commitment are deeply valued.
  • Naturally gravitate toward leadership roles. Your ability to communicate candidly, advocate for yourself and others, and your reservoir of courage place you at the forefront. But sometimes, the burden of leadership can be tiring.
  • Remain unshaken by the opinions of others. Their views don’t define your path; your self-assurance is unwavering.

Here is a brief somatic practice for Type 8 – The Active Controller:

Step 1: Find a quiet space to sit or stand. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and exhale slowly. Let go of any need to control or dominate in this moment.

Step 2: Place your hands on your abdomen and feel the power and strength within. Acknowledge your inner strength without needing to assert it.

Step 3: Practice vulnerability. Inhale deeply and affirm, “I am strong and can also be vulnerable.” Exhale slowly, releasing any need for control. Repeat this mantra, focusing on the balance between strength and vulnerability.