Dynamics of Type 8: Leader
World View: The world is an unjust place. I am strong and I defend the innocent.
Basic Desire: to be self-reliant
Basic Fear: of submitting to others
Healthy loop controlled by Basic Desire:
Need to be self-reliant ->
Need to be self-reliant
Unhealthy loop controlled by Basic Fear:
In the healthy state, the need to be self-reliant induces Type Eights to
become stronger and capable of defending others. When Eights are
independent, their need is satisfied and a balance is reached.
In the average state, when Eights' are not building their strength as much,
they will become more dependent on others for certain needs. This
increases the need to be self-reliant, which helps Eights to again
work hard to become strong. Thus the balancing loop can help Eights to
Fear of submitting to others ->
Fear of submitting to others
In the unhealthy state, the basic fear of submitting to others can cause
Type Eights to lash out and try to control others as a defense.
This unfortunately make them ironically more dependent on others,
which further increases Eights' basic fear. The cycle continues to build
We can see from the diagram that a way to help break the control of the
basic fear is to weaken the unhealthy loop. Eights can refrain
from controlling others but start to strengthen themselves instead. This
will naturally make them more independent and thus
reduce the fear of submitting to others.
[Diagrams for 1-Reformer, 2-Helper,
3-Motivator, 4-Romantic, 5-Thinker,
6-Skeptic, 7-Enthusiast, 8-Leader,