Hurley & Dobson - What's My Type?

Eight: The Confronter

Deception: Need to conquer (Lust for life)
Pseudo-deception: Weakness
Antidote: Compassion
Pseudo-antidote: Being strong
Illusion of Reality: Power
Self-justification: "I will accomplish everything important."
Time Orientation: Work to make the future just
Approach to Problem Solving: Aggressive: "I accomplish."
Relationship to Life: Way of Subjugation: "I meet life head on."


  1. Do you have clear and firm ideas about what is right and wrong in situations that are important to you?
  2. Do you generally find that you need to be alert for people with hidden agendas?
  3. Do you find that the most irritating and difficult people to deal with are those who beat around the bush and never directly say what is on their minds?
  4. Would you agree that indecision is the greatest thief of opportunity and therefore a valid argument against getting caught in group decision making?
  5. Are you at ease in leadership positions and find them falling naturally into your lap?
  6. Do you find that others often simply expect or assume that you will take charge?
  7. Do you think of yourself as a practical person who understands what it takes to get the job done?
  8. Are you the kind of person who is unafraid to take a stand against injustice, especially injustice toward people who are unable to defend themselves?
  9. Do you generally express your views just as intensely as you feel them and even feel exhilirated in a discussion in which everyone disagrees?

Kathleen V. Hurley & Theodore E. Dobson

What's My Type?
Use the Enneagram System of Nine Personality Types to Discover Your Best Self
HarperSanFrancisco, 1991, 186 pages