The core type (type 9) is a calm and peaceful type that doesn’t want to make waves, while type 8 is the most aggressive Enneagram type that constantly asserts itself.
However, because 9w8s are predominantly Nines, they are generally kind and peaceful people who may assert themselves at times.
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Like all Nines, 9w8 are friendly and pleasant to be around.
They are less cerebral than their 9w1 counterparts and more physical.
They enjoy movement and nature; they like animals and appreciate a simple life.
9w1s make good athletes. Some of them may even give off a ‘peaceful warrior’ vibe.
Clearly, 9w8s aren’t aggressive people, but they assert themselves and their needs when it matters.
Like all Nines, 9w8s might become lazy at times and may not assert themselves even when the situation calls for it.
They will let it slide out of pure laziness and unwillingness to deal with the situation and NOT because of fear of making waves or feeling inferior to someone.
9w8s aren’t future-oriented people.
Masters of living in the here and now, they are only concerned with their immediate needs and never worry about the future. In fact, they hardly ever worry about anything at all.
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This 9w8 quality may drive some of their future-oriented partners crazy.
They think of 9w8s as irresponsible while secretly wishing to be able to relax and enjoy life like 9w8s!
9w8s don’t plan anything. They don’t worry like other people, yet somehow things work out for them just fine.
When confronted about their complacency, they can become very defensive.
It is possible to make 9w8s angry and aggressive like real Eights, but their behavior will not change, and eventually, they will go back to their happy and peaceful state.
9w8s have a “live and let live” approach to life. They don’t like stress themselves, and they aren’t demanding of their spouses and children.
A messy house? No problem.
No food? Let’s order something ready.
Bad or average grades? With their characteristic sense of humor, 9w8 parents will only laugh about it.
In romantic relationships, 9w8s are stable and reliable partners. They don’t play games and are never overly controlling.
9w8s aren’t interested in having relationships with many different people. Once they meet someone they like, they commit easily and tend to stay with one person for a long time, perhaps for life.
To sum up, 9w8s are
- living in the here and now
You can understand 8w9s better if you read the core type profiles:
You may also want to take this in-depth type 9 test.