Type 8 on the Diagram
- Primary Center: Body
- Wings: 9 and 1
- Security point: 2
- Resource point: 5
Focus of Attention
Injustice, not being controlled by others, and getting things moving in work or play
To harness the life force in productive ways, integrating self-assertion with vulnerability
Eights are direct, authoritative, zestful, firm, and oriented to truth and justice. Others may perceive Eights as confrontational, intimidating, loud and controlling.
Perfectionists have a strong inner critic and tend to see the world as black and white. They often suppress their personal needs and desires, which can lead to anger or guilt over impulses or behaviors that they judge as wrong. Ones also are idealistic and exert great effort to improve the world around them. They may join social and political causes, or take on the role of social reformer.
You must be good and right to be worthy.
Honest, responsible, conscientious, hard-working, dependable, practical, self-reliant
Resentful, rigid, judgmental, non-adaptable, overly critical
Reaction formation – feeling one thing and expressing the opposite.
Ones use reaction formation to avoid direct anger and to control their emotions and instincts. This helps them maintain a self-image of being right. The relentless demand of the inner critic to be “good” often replaces personal needs and shuts down feelings.
Observe your habit of mind or focus of attention with as little judgment as possible. Ask yourself the following questions, while noticing your feelings and how your body responds:
- How do I judge myself? Berate myself? Compare myself with others?
- How do I treat situations as good or bad, right or wrong?
- How does my inner critic make me feel?
- What is “right” in this moment?
Relating to Eights
- Be direct and forthright, yet flexible and open.
- Stay steady and present in the face of confrontation and conflict; hold your ground.
- Call them on destructive or threatening behavior, while being empathetic to their underlying hurt feelings.
- Express your own feelings, including softer, tender ones.
- Join them in getting things moving in work or play.
Type Eight’s journey is to embrace innocence and approach each situation with fresh eyes, appreciating that everyone has his or her own truth. This means learning to moderate their boundless, instinctual energy and delaying the tendency to go from urge to action in an all-or-nothing fashion.
Path of Integration
Mental: Vengeance > Truth
Emotional: Lust > Innocence
The aspect of awareness called the Inner Observer allows us to witness the internal patterns that drive outer behavior. The practice consists of focusing inwardly and becoming aware of the thoughts, sensations and other objects of attention that arise within us. As we become more fully present, our type patterns begin to relax and we become more receptive.
For Eights, take a moment to reflect on the following principles:
- Truth resides in opposites and differences.
- True mastery includes non-action and no blame.
- The mundane, the moderate and the mild have their own virtues.
- Vulnerability is not the same as weakness.
- True power comes from the appropriate or proportional application of force.
As assertive body-based types with good access to their instinctual energy, Eights toughen up to avoid vulnerability, which results in chronic patterns of physical tension. With excessive energy and enthusiasm, they tend to over-exert and over-consume.
If you are an Eight…
Your task is to soften into your feelings and open your heart center. Focus on managing your breath as appropriate to the situation at hand. Avoid powering up with chest breathing as an automatic response. Instead, practice breathing into your belly to calm down and relax. (For example, take 10 slow breaths when you find yourself getting angry). Before you react to a situation, follow your breath and tune into what you are feeling and sensing inside. This pause will help you be less excessive and more flexible.