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The Type 8 - The Confronter

Emotional addiction = Lust

People who have adopted Type 8 are action-centered, have an ease in command and lead, giving priority to achievement. The emotional addiction is Lust, which is unconscious, being justified by their domineering attitude and self-image. Everything around them has to be intense and challenging, "I avoid entering something but, when inside it, I put 100% effort in it." The name Confronter comes from the ease with which they stand on what they want, expressing themselves directly and objectively, intimidating with their apparent security.

The main negative consequence of this way of organizing lies in the difficulty in recognizing their real needs. Such self-detachment reveals insensitive people, attached to strength and power. Aggressive domineering, they become known as real roller-compressors. They easily tend to overdo things, disregarding what others think and feel.

In companies, we find Type 8 usually linked to leadership. This is the typical profile of the megalomaniac entrepreneur, who grows rapidly. Their feeling for business and their self-confidence make them people who inspire growth and overcoming. Through direct and effective attitudes, they transform organizations quickly. But in their compulsion, they assume the centralization of power. "When force comes on the scene, right goes packing." Or "It will be my way or no way."

For greater balance:

When Type 8 recognizes their behavioral pattern as a way to organizing themselves and not what they really are, they open to developing the neutralization of the emotional addiction (Lust) and contact with themselves through the virtue of Innocence. This tool helps them recognize what they want from themselves, no longer through power and dominance, allowing a greater integration of their feelings, thoughts and actions.


  • Accomplisher

  • Assertive

  • Objective


  • Aggressive

  • Intolerant

  • Vengeful

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