The Enneagram Types
The Powerful, Dominating Type:
Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational
(The Antisocial Personality Disorder)
Fear: Of being harmed or controlled
Basic Desire: To protect themselves (to be in control of their own life and destiny)
Enneagram Eight with a Seven-Wing: "The Maverick"
Enneagram Eight with a Nine-Wing: "The Bear"
Healthy: Self-assertive, self-confident, and strong: have learned to stand up for what they need and want. A resourceful, "can do" attitude and passionate inner drive. / Decisive, authoritative, and commanding: the natural leader others look up to. Take initiative, make things happen: champion people, provider, protective, and honorable, carrying others with their strength.
At Their Best: Become self-restrained
and magnanimous, merciful and forbearing,
mastering self through their self-surrender
to a higher authority. Courageous, willing
to put self in serious jeopardy to achieve
their vision and have a lasting influence.
May achieve true heroism and historical
Average: Self-sufficiency, financial
independence, and having enough resources
are important concerns: become enterprising,
pragmatic, "rugged individualists,"
wheeler-dealers. Risk-taking, hardworking,
denying own emotional needs. / Begin to
dominate their environment, including others:
want to feel that others are behind them,
supporting their efforts. Swaggering, boastful,
forceful, and expansive: the "boss"
whose word is law. Proud, egocentric, want
to impose their will and vision on everything,
not seeing others as equals or treating
them with respect. / Become highly combative
and intimidating to get their way: confrontational,
belligerent, creating adversarial relationships.
Everything a test of wills, and they will
not back down. Use threats and reprisals
to get obedience from others, to keep others
off balance and insecure. However, unjust
treatment makes others fear and resent them,
possibly also band together against them.
Unhealthy: Defying any attempt to
control them, become completely ruthless,
dictatorial, "might makes right."
The criminal and outlaw, renegade, and con-artist.
Hard-hearted, immoral and potentially violent.
/ Develop delusional ideas about their power,
invincibility, and ability to prevail: megalomania,
feeling omnipotent, invulnerable. Recklessly
over-extending self. / If they get in danger,
they may brutally destroy everything that
has not conformed to their will rather than
surrender to anyone else. Vengeful, barbaric,
murderous. Sociopathic tendencies.
Key Motivations: Want to be self-reliant, to prove their strength and resist weakness, to be important in their world, to dominate the environment, and to stay in control of their situation.
Examples: Martin Luther King, Jr., Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Mikhail Gorbachev, G.I. Gurdjieff, Pablo Picasso, Richard Wagner, Sean Connery, Susan Sarandon, Glenn Close, John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Norman Mailer, Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters, Ann Richards, Toni Morrison, Lee Iococca, Donald Trump, Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Roseanne Barr, James Brown, Chrissie Hynde, Courtney Love, Leona Helmsley, Fidel Castro, and Saddam Hussein.