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The Difference Between Type 3 and Type 8

Nov 04, 2022
The difference between Enneagram type 3 and type 8

Are you ready to get to work to solve this Enneagram mystery?

This is the ultimate entrepreneur/leader mashup - Type 3 known as the The Achiever, The Performer, and The Role Model with Type 8 known as The Boss, The Protector, and The Challenger.


Both Type 3 and Type 8 have the forward-thinking and fast-paced assertive energy.

Leadership tends to come more natural for these types and they both can be very ambitious and very competitive. They want to rise above the rest, but how they go about that is very different.

Core Drivers

At the end of the day though, the thing that makes a Three a Three and an Eight an Eight is their core driver or core strategy for getting their needs met and aligning most with their key values.

For a Type 3 that is to feel outstanding, successful, and accomplished.

For a Type 8 that is to feel powerful, strong, and in control.

Key differences

When the core strategy still isn't clear, there are some important key differentiators for these two to help you continue to narrow down your dominant type, including:

✔️dealing with stress
✔️your relationship with what others think of you
✔️how you handle problems
✔️what you tap into first (without thinking about it) when you make a decision


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