Eights are forces of nature, with a strong presence and personality. They value being in control and may resist taking a follower role. They find it difficult to let down their guard, but they are sensitive, caring and protective of those they take under their wing. Eights pursue truth relentlessly and mask their vulnerability with a tough, certain and no-nonsense exterior.
At lower levels of integration, the Eight may be intimidating and confrontational, with a chip on their shoulder.
At higher levels of integration Eights combine their force, directness and action with compassion and are able to collaborate with others while serving the greater good.
As an Enneagram Type 8 with a Wing 7, you have the potential to access resources from both your core type and your adjacent types. Your Wing 7 flavour brings a broad vision to your driving nature, balancing your urgency to act with planning and perspective. It may also help you connect with other people and exchange ideas, valuing synthesizing and expressing your thoughts as well as acting out fantasies. This can lead to a happier, lighter approach to life, and a less ruthless demeanor.
However, one challenge for Type 8 with Wing 7 is the potential to add a desperation for more experience to their passion to satisfy their wants and desires. This may make them more self-absorbed, less reflective on the consequences of their actions, and more prone to addictive personalities.
By incorporating the resources and characteristics of your Wing 7 flavour, you can expand your perspective and increase your emotional and behavioral repertoire. This can help you better understand the subtleties of your core Type 8, and offer opportunities for personal growth and development.