Blueprint | November 3, 2023
Are Enneagram type Eights more likely to be introverts or extraverts?

8s tend to be one of the more extraverted social types in the Enneagram, with nearly four-fifths of them extraverts.

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Introverted 8s

Less Common: 22%

  • Tend to have a dominant Self-Preservation instinct and may resemble Fives

  • Fiercely protective of their time and energy

  • Mentally prepare for a large energy output in advance

  • Will often be enthusiastic and “on” but then need to be alone for days after

  • Highly unlikely to reach out; may come across as reserved and suspicious 

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Extraverted 8s

More Common: 78%

  • High-energy, exuberant, and often outspoken

  • Often find themselves enlivening events and other social situations

  • Enjoy being the one who makes action happen among other people

  • Thrive in sparking controversy and making outlandish statements to keep things interesting

  • Almost limitless, pushing themselves to exhaustion

For reference, here’s how 8s stack up to all the other types:

Chart comparing introversion/extraversion ratios for different Enneagram types. Type 8: 22% introverts, 78% extraverts. Type 9: 71% introverts, 29% extraverts. Type 1: 73% introverts, 26% extraverts. Type 2: 44% introverts, 56% extraverts. Type 3: 24% introverts, 76% extraverts. Type 4: 78% introverts, 22% extraverts. Type 5: 90% introverts, 10% extraverts. Type 6: 52% introverts, 48% extraverts. Type 7: 12% introverts, 88% extraverts.