Tips for Raising Kids as an Enneagram 8

For the control-loving Enneagram 8, having children can be one of the toughest challenges to face.

Children are the ultimate disrupter in Eights’ lives – they’re untamable, unpredictable and they grow up to be their own people, no matter what you do to try to influence them.

Here’s what it’s like to raise kids as an Enneagram 8 and some helpful tips on how to keep your sanity through the highs and lows.

How to Love an Enneagram Body Type (Types Eight, Nine and One)

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on October 06, 2022

Our Enneagram Relationship content was co-developed with marital therapist-turned relationship coach Christa Hardin (MA)*. 

 

Enneagram body types are motivated by a desire to be independent and self-sufficient. They are often very moral people who have a strong sense of right and wrong. There are three Enneagram body types: Eight, Nine and One

What is the Most Common Enneagram Type?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on September 01, 2022

No Enneagram type is good or bad – all types are equal and bring their unique perspectives to the world. But have you ever wondered whether all Enneagram types are equally represented in the population? Like in other personality type theories, some types are more common than others. 

So what is the most common Enneagram type, then? 

How do Enneagram 8s Deal with People They Don't Like?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on August 23, 2022

Enneagram 8s are a lot of things - but subtle isn’t one of them! These types find it impossible to hide their feelings, especially if they’re unhappy, angry or frustrated by something happening around them. If they run into someone they don’t like, there’s likely to be a slip of the tongue, a roll of the eyes or even a choice word or two that reveals exactly what they’re feeling. An Enneagram 8 rarely pretends. 

When it comes to people they don’t like, Enneagram 8s will usually choose one of four responses: 

What are the Most Common Enneagram Types for INTJs?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on March 24, 2022

Most know INTJs as efficient, hardworking, and excellent problem-solvers. As Extraverted Thinking Te-users, these personalities rely on facts and logic to make decisions, and usually prioritize reasoning over feeling. Still, though INTJ types share common characteristics among themselves, no two INTJs look exactly the same.

Amy Poehler’s Enneagram: Type 8, The Challenger

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on March 15, 2022

“Anybody who doesn't make you feel good, kick them to the curb. And the earlier you start in your life, the better.” — Amy Poehler, Enneagram 8 

You probably know her as the bubbly and ambitious Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation or the “cool mom” on Mean Girls. Similar to her Parks and Rec character, Amy Poehler has an impressive resume: actress, comedian, writer, director, producer, best-selling author, mom and champion to women everywhere (to name a few). 

A Deeper Dive Into Enneagram Subtypes: Body Types 8, 9 and 1

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on March 14, 2022

This blog post is part of our Fundamentals of the Enneagram series, which takes a deeper dive into all the Enneagram elements - wings, arrows, subtypes, centers of intelligence, growth pathways and more. For an overview of the series, start with our introductory post here, then read Subtypes and Instincts of the Enneagram: What are They, and How Do They Affect Human Behavior?

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