Enneagaram Personality Type Descriptions

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Type 8 (The Boss)

Motivation: To be in control of their life/environment
Potential problem: Being too domineering and insensitive towards others
Historic antecedent: Totalitarianism
Historic example: Joseph Stalin
Film/TV example: Jimmy (The Black Donnellys)
Characteristics: quick-tempered, likes to manage others, bossy, second place is not good enough, can be hurtful, games are only fun if they win, comes on too strong, wants things done their way, used to getting their way, powerful, strong, own-person, tough, leader, vindictive, controlling, finds it easy to manipulate others, has authoritarian tendencies, tries to surpass the accomplishments of others, uses others and self to achieve goals, wealth seeking, arrogant, self confident, likes to correct people, seeks status and power relative to peers, competitive, makes enemies, can be crude, enjoys fighting, has an all or nothing personality, enjoys antagonizing people

Healthy Type 8: The Leader
assertive, dominant, fearless, powerful
Average Type 8: The Challenger
intimidating, prone to anger, will not back down, sarcastic, challenging
Unhealthy Type 8: The Bully
rage-aholic, controlling, abusive, violent

*for a low score assume the opposite of the above. the descriptions listed here are made up of personality items. people who scored high on this type scored higher on the above items compared to the average. (more info on construction)
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