Protector / Challenger
People of Enneatype Eight are assertive protectors motivated by a desire to control their environment, seek justice, and take strong direct action. They are no-nonsense robust people who are natural leaders and go after whatever they want.
Eights are competitive and decisive, typically possessing an enormous amount of energy and powerful physical appetites. When they want to get something done, they do it without hesitation! There is an unapologetically expansive quality to the presence of the Eight, which is easily sensed by the people around them. This self-reliant energy is experienced by others as naturally strong and sometimes intimidating.
Eights are wary about being controlled or taken advantage of, and thus are wired to take charge or put their guard up in order to avoid showing vulnerability or weakness. As they actively resist any semblance of being controlled by others, this can result in a compulsion to dominate, eruptions of temper, or trouble relating to the more gentle emotions of others.