Enneagram 9w8 -The Comfort Seeker-

Enneagram type 9 wing 8: The Comfort Seeker is a subtype that results from the encounter of types 8 and 9, which means that Nine’s natural chill easygoing style meets a little of the intense and reactive traits of the Eights.


The enneagram 9 wing 8 overview

The result of combining these two types is a unique blend which increases the original type’s sociability and adventurous instinct. Enneagram 9w8 loves to spend time with other people and please them. As they are very empathetic it’s easy for them to learn other people’s needs and try to spread good and relaxed vibes. 

Both Eights and Nines are part of the same crew: The Gut Triad. Like Spiderman, they have a spider-sense to detect danger and conflict. As soon as they see it coming, they actively avoid or face it to ensure their safety.

Independence is one of 9w8’s core concerns. They don’t like to ask for permission or give explanations. They like to keep life’s harmony and enjoy things without having to defend anything. In this sense, they can be a little utopian and let their ideals trigger their actions. When they find their peace of mind, they give some of their good time away.

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Enneagram 9w8 Personality Traits

Basic Fear

Enneagram 9w8’s most basic fear is to be washed away from reality. To feel detached from life. Unfamiliar feelings and unknown situations make them very uncomfortable and out of place. They struggle to keep their peace of mind at any cost no matter how and sometimes this drives them to repress themselves. Despite their Bob Marley style, they are more like Bob Sponge, always trying to fit reality into their utopia.

Basic Desire

Enneagram 9w8’s most basic desire is to feel connected to life. They like to let things flow naturally and enjoy the ride. They’re constantly seeking balance to feel well-oriented and good about themselves. Conflicts may change their standards a little though and make them insecure. They sugar-coat everything to avoid discussions and negative situations, but sooner rather than later, this behavior will come back at them. 

Enneagram 9w8 strengths

Enneagram 9w8 strengths come from their ability to empathize with others. This transparent and honest connection they have, sets the right conditions for them to become natural leaders. Their optimism and calmness make them very engaging. It’s fun and relaxing to work with them, as they are very committed when they find their place in the world. As they’re very analytical due to their survival instinct, they have a strong discernment that guides their actions to the fairer path. People feel well accompanied by them, as they are very supportive and easygoing. 

Enneagram 9w8 Weaknesses

Enneagram 9w8 weaknesses are related to their avoidance pattern. They feel very insecure about any problems or difficult situations, as they don’t trust their resources. So, what they do is just ignore these problems and let time solve them out. But life has other plans for 9w8s and sooner rather than later they need to balance their harmonic style with some self-assertiveness. Setting boundaries is their main weakness, they find it to be unnecessary or even rude, but that needs to be done. Tracking their emotions and feelings, and expressing them is the best way for them to overcome their self-repression.

How Enneagram 9w8 personalities like to work

Learning how each personality works gives us powerful insights. It helps us overcome different situations and improve our relationship potential. Let’s check some vital points to learn about Enneagram type 9 wing 8.

Communicating with an Enneagram 9w8

Create a good environment where 9w8s can feel comfortable to open and share their ideas and feelings. 

Meeting with an Enneagram 9w8

Encourage them to show their brightness and share their insights about different topics.

Emailing an Enneagram 9w8

Be clear, warm and relaxed. They like to create bonds and to feel comfortable when talking about important things.

Giving feedback to an Enneagram 9w8

Be purposeful and grateful. Going about things in a constructive way will help them take it in.

Resolving conflicts with an Enneagram 9w8

Avoid drama. Take conflict as an inflection point that will take you to the next level if the involved parties are committed and honest. 

Enneagram 9w8 Motivations

Enneagram 9w8 gets motivated by basically anything that ensures them a pacific environment and peace of mind. They will do whatever they can to set a chill atmosphere, and to encourage others to feel good. The more stable their routine is and the clearer their future, the less anxiety they’ll feel.

Enneagram 9w8 Stress

The Enneagram 9w8 get stressed out when people judge them, or when they find themselves in the middle of a tense situation. Feeling trapped and questioned triggers their fight-or-flight instinct. Avoidance seems like a great tactic, but won’t work on the long run. Their feelings need attention and sooner rather than later they will need answers.

Enneagram 9w8 Jobs

The most common jobs for Enneagram type 8 wing 7 are: Counselor, Social Worker, Publicity Writer, Veterinarian, Diplomat, Salesperson, Judge, Editor, or Religious Worker. Everything that involves helping others with their high sense of justice and desire for balance works for them. If they are in charge, don’t worry: ’cause every little thing is gonna be alright.

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