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The Difference Between Type 1 and Type 8

Apr 05, 2022
 
 

Both Type 8 and Type 1 are in the Body/Gut Center of Intelligence and do have a few similarities between them. 

Core Drivers

At the end of the day, the thing that makes a Type 1 a Type 1 and a Type 8 a Type 8 is their core motive or strategy for going about meeting their needs and values. 

For a Type 1, that core strategy is to feel perfect, good, and correct. 

For a Type 8, that core strategy is to feel powerful, strong, and in control (usually of their environment). 

Key Differences

When the core drivers don't bring clarity to understanding your type, there’s also several key differences that you’ll learn when you listen to podcast episode above or the video below to help you narrow it down including:

  • determining the "right" way - Type 1's typically look to the rules, guidelines, or moral code to determine the right way whereas a Type 8 tends to develop their own right way with a "my way or the highway" approach 
  • being in control - Both types want to be in control, but for One's it's usually around controlling themselves, specifically their emotions and impulses. A Type 8 is less concerned about controlling themselves, than controlling others and the world around them. 
  • handling anger - Inside the Body/Gut Center the core emotional pattern is around anger. For One's, they very much feel anger and are frustrated by others not living up to their expectations or executing "correctly" ("If you want it done right you have to do it yourself."), but feel that outward anger is wrong or not acceptable, so they'll stuff it down. It never goes away, but will tend to come out as a slow simmer of resentment. Eights on the other hand are much more comfortable with their anger and express is easily. 


If you’re still struggling to narrow down your type or want to learn how to apply what you’re learning about your Enneagram type to your life and work, that’s what we do inside a Know Your Number session.

Find out more about how I can help over at:

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