8w9 is a softer, more people-oriented version of type 8.
Their 8w7 counterparts can, at times, be quite selfish and aggressive, but 8w9s have more patience than 8w7s.
Not only are 8w9s less confrontational than 8w7s, but they are also less materialistic and more content with what they have.
As real Eights, 8w9s still pursue their goals, but they do so while being considerate of others.
Another notable characteristic is that 8w9s can switch their aggressiveness on and off.
For example, they can be gentle spouses and parents while being very competitive at work.
Or they can be tough when needed but also require peace.
8w9s are less energetic than the core type or 8w7s, yet they are always ready to take on challenges.
Thanks to their Nine-wing, 8w9s are experts at managing their energy and enjoy their downtime.
And while they don’t avoid confrontations, they pick their battles wisely.
Are you an 8w9 or a 9w8? Here are a few questions to ask:
1. What is more important to you: having control over your environment or peace?
If you prioritize peace, you are definitely a 9w8.
On the other hand, if being in control seems more important, then you are an 8w9.
2. Do you openly fight those who attempt to control you, or do you pretend to be agreeable while doing your own thing?
If you fight openly, you are an 8w9.
If you are using the second, more passive approach, you are a 9w8.
If you still have doubts about your Enneagram personality type, try this test.