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Enneagram Type 8: Empowerment and Behavioral Assertiveness

Enneagram type 8

Enneagram type 8 has a core focus on being in control of one's own life by way of asserting oneself through strength and directness.

Self-Concern: “I am disempowered as I am.”

Compensation: "I must be assertive in going after what I want and stand strong against being controlled."

Core Assumption: Empowerment comes from being in control and not being controlled by people or rules. This requires that I confront obstacles and people that are in my way and move directly toward what I want. Don't show weakness in a world that takes advantage of innocence and vulnerability. 

Focus of Attention is on what needs to happen and pushing through obstacles in the way.

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