Type 8 – Symbol



Caring for Eights

The focus of the Eight personality is on having power and control. They’re the type that’s most likely to take charge and lead others. They’re driven for big influence and bottom-line results, which they achieve through passionate vision, strategic thinking, and delegating responsibilities to others. They act boldly, work hard, bend rules, and strong-arm to get their way” (Healthy Feelings, Thriving Faith, p. 31).

Key Traits



Acting now



Seeking control

Personality Dynamics

These three factors may contribute to someone becoming an Eight:

  1. Family formation role: Fighter
  2. Root sin: Lust for power
  3. Defense mechanism: Denying vulnerable emotions and needs


The Eight personality is expressed and related to largely through emotions like these:

Felt need: Act for impact

Gut/body type: Seeking to feel in control

Core emotion: Anger to make their presence big

Stress emotion: Anxious to gather resources that give them power

Underlying sadness: When they’re not respected

Emotional alarm: Toughening up when challenged by others

How Eights Become Like Jesus

“Jesus was valiant and fiercely loving, like the ultimate Eight. . . The tenderness from strength that he provides for us is what his Abba provided for him when he was weak and in need (Mark 1:12–13; 14:36; Luke 22:41-43)” (Healthy Feelings, Thriving Faith, p. 38).

Key Scripture

Quote - Type 8

“I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me” (Col. 1:29).

Christlike Virtue to Cultivate


Key Soul Care Practice

Spiritual friendship

Subsidiary Types

Wing Type(s): Seven and/or Nine

Stress Type: Five

Growth Type: Two

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