Type 8 Female Enneagram(A Comprehensive Guide)

This article will focus on the type 8 enneagram female by highlighting what their major personality traits are and what struggles they go through being a female version of the under discussion enneagram. Furthermore, the article will help the audience develop an in depth understanding of the topic by also introducing the type 8 enneagram and describe its personality, desires and fears.

A Type 8 Female Enneagram

A type 8 female enneagram has the following traits:

  • Ambitious
  • Aggressive Approach
  • Sense of Self Control
  • Appreciate Challenges
  • Independent
  • Desire To Care For Loved Ones

Here are some of the struggles these women go through:

  • Considered Controlling
  • Perceived As Stubborn
  • Work Too Hard – Possible Burnout

Before we take a look at all these aspects, let us apprise the readers about the type 8 enneagram in general!

Enneagram Type 8: The Challenger

This enneagram type can be described as confident, confrontational, decisive and assertive as well. They do not hesitate to voice out their opinions or take a stand for what they firmly believe in. Furthermore, these individuals are focused on what they want and will not stop at anything when it comes to achieving their goals or desires.

However, although they are resourceful and generally straightforward people, these enneagram types are affected by their ego and can be dominating when it comes to being around other people. They want to have what it is that makes them feel complete or whole and as we said they will do anything in their power to get it!

At their best, they will be very generous especially because of the number of resources they usually possess and use their power and influence to make the lives of people better. However, they sometimes have issues in controlling their temper and become vulnerable or expose their weak points.

These are the two things that drive the enneagram type 8:

  • The Basic Fear
  • The Basic Desire

The Basic Fear

When it comes to enneagram type 8, their basic fear is to be controlled or manipulated by others to the extent that they end up hurting themselves. They want to be independent and in control of their own lives. What they fear is being exposed or vulnerable so that someone can take advantage of the power or influence they have over the enneagram type 8 individual. 

As a result of this fear, they avoid being helpless in situations and try to stand up for themselves all the time – this could be one reason why they ensure they are so resourceful and independent! However, if they are scared enough, they will avoid situations where they feel vulnerable.

The Basic Desire

Of course their basic desire stems from their fear of being controlled! The type 8 enneagram wants to be in control of their own life. They do not want to live in the constant fear that they will be manipulated or influenced by another being! As a person, they want to be able to take decisions for themselves and hence they are passionate about standing up against injustice not only against their own being but that of others! They understand how it feels to be powerless and hence do not want this for anyone else either.

Type 8 Female Enneagrams: The Winning Woman

In this section, we will look at the major personality traits the female enneagram type 8 has and hence what defines them and makes them stand out as women!


These women are very ambitious in that they set high goals for themselves. This is because they have grown up with a business like mind with a competitive mindset; they are usually brought up in male dominated setups and hence learn how to be rough and tough in the ‘game’. Being a woman, they do not consider themselves any less and thus set the same targets as men do – or even higher!

They will work towards the goals they set with pure commitment and dedication; they have firm belief that they will achieve these goals.

Aggressive Approach

The female type 8 enneagram has an aggressive approach when it comes to life. This is mainly because of the influence of men on them when growing up and their intense desire to be successful in what they plan to do. They will not come easy when it concerns their goals and they want to communicate that to themself as well as that to others. They will work very hard towards their goals not inching back one step.

Sense of Self Control

Having a sense of self control is what makes these women tough and highly competent. They have pushed their own self to the limit and now realize what skills and capabilities they have. They also know when to stop when it comes to leisure and activity and reroute themselves back to work. They design their own work schedule which is indeed tough and challenging. This is only possible because they do not underestimate themself and have realized what they are capable of.

Appreciate Challenges

The type 8 female enneagram appreciates challenges. It is what gets her going and makes her desire the success that comes right after achieving the goals she has set or challenges she is faced with.


Her desire to become an independent woman who does not need to fall back on others is what defines her personality and work ethic. She will prefer to care for her own self rather than look to others for money, resources or support or even protection.

Desire To Care For Loved Ones

Deceiving as she may be, this woman has what it takes to be a true woman – an innate deep desire to care for her loved ones. Do not be fooled by her aggressive approach to getting work done; it is driven by her instinct to care for her family and loved ones.

Wrong Perceptions

However, when it comes to the type 8 enneagram female, she may be wrongly perceived as:

  • Controlling: Others may think she is too controlling because of her approach to ensuring that goals are achieved. 
  • Stubborn: This woman does not want to back down even a little bit from the goals she has set. Although this is a winning attitude, others may consider it stubborn or even aggressive!
  • Work Too Hard – Possible Burnout: Yes these women work very hard and will put in all it takes to get to where they want to be! However, there is always the chance of a burnout.

If you’re facing this, it may be a good idea to seek the help of a therapist or other mental health professional. You can find a therapist at BetterHelp who can help you learn how to cope and address it.

Famous Female Enneagrams: The Challengers

We will take a look at the following female celebrities who are associated with the type 8 enneagram:

  • Serena Williams
  • Queen Latifah
  • Kamala Harris

Serena Williams

Born on 26th September 1981, Williams is an American female tennis player who is well known in the world of tennis; she has won 39 Grand Slam titles where 23 were in singles, 14 in women’s doubles and 2 in mixed doubles! She is a determined player who is known for her ability to strike back hard even when the cards are down on her side! Her power packed serve and groundstrokes from her forehand and backhand swings are quite popular moves she employs during the game other than her aggressive high playing style!

Also known as Serena Jameka Williams, the star is a Libra and is 39 years old. She has a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. after her husband Alexis Ohanian whom she married in 2017. Her parents are Richard Williams who played a huge role in her career development and childhood training along with his wife and mother of Serena, Oracene Price. 

Queen Latifah

Born in Newark, New Jersey, US on March 18, 1970, Queen Latifah’s real name is Dana Elaine Owen  however she was given the nickname of Latifah that meant ‘delicate’ or ‘sensitive’ in Arabic.

She is an American rapper and musician and launched her career in the 1980’s! Since then she has appeared in a number of movies such as The Equalizer, Girls Trip, Set It Off and Last Holiday! With her, the male genre of rapping was redefined and it opened doors to female singers and performers!

Kamala Harris

The 49th Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris was born on October 20, 1964 in California, US. She is currently 56 years old and is not only an American politician but also an attorney. She is married to Doug Emhoff and was born to Donald Harris and Shyamala Gopalan Harris.

Kamala Harris indeed has made history because she is not only the first female, but African American female to become the Vice President of the United States and the only female to hold such a high office in the history of the country. 


This article provided an in depth understanding of the female type 8 enneagram by not only introducing the type 8 enneagram but the female version of it too. It highlighted the personality traits of the female version of the enneagram under discussion as well as the wrong perceptions associated with this particular category. The article also named and described 3 famous female type 8 enneagrams.




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