Type 8 (“The Challenger”)
The protector is the eight personality type of the Enneagram theory, i.e. “Type 8”. Typically, type eights are powerful, assertive, decisive and resourceful.
They are referred to as “protectors” or “challengers” because they are dominating and self-confident. They try to use their strengths to improve the lives of others and be inspiring. However, sometimes they can be a little confrontational and domineering; especially when they perceive themselves as being vulnerable.
Type 8 with a 7 wing (8w7)
People with a Enneagram with a type eight wing seven (8w7) personality tend to identify more with the type eight, but also share several traits with type sevens. These type eights tend to be ambitious and independent. They are generally more comfortable with conflict than other type eights.
Type 8 with a 9 wing (8w9)
Similarly, people with Enneagram with a type eight wing nine (8w9) personality tend to identify more with the type eight, but also share several traits with type nines. These type eights tend to be confident, patient and protective. They are, however, more gentle and subdued that other type eights.
Type 8 careers
Due to their powerful nature, type eights can thrive in authoritative positions and make great leaders. Type eights would make great CEO’s, directors (especially of fast-paced things such as PR, sales or marketing), journalists or executive assistants.
Due to their assertiveness and dominance, they are unlikely to thrive in environments where they feel micromanaged or too controlled. Such careers include lab technicians, research assistants or administrative staff.