[Enneagram Type 8] Do you feel you have a moral obligation to protect others?

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This is a discussion on Do you feel you have a moral obligation to protect others? within the Type 8 Forum - The Challenger forums, part of the Body Triad - Types 8,9,1 category; What drives you to protect? Do you feel that other people need your protection, or that it is something you ...

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    Type 5


    Do you feel you have a moral obligation to protect others?

    What drives you to protect? Do you feel that other people need your protection, or that it is something you must do? Is this something that happens on an instinctual level, or a moral level? Am I annoying you with all my questions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Esilenna View Post
    What drives you to protect? Do you feel that other people need your protection, or that it is something you must do? Is this something that happens on an instinctual level, or a moral level? Am I annoying you with all my questions?
    that's more of a Compliant/Superego triad thing (1s, 2s and 6s); the 8's desire to protect is more instinctual/desire driven. 8 is in the assertive/Id triad with 3 and 7 (desire/acquisition driven). I'll let an 8 explain in more detail, but that's the basic jist of it




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    Type 6w5

    I agree with @Swordsman of Mana . It very much is a instinctual thing. It ruminates from within me. I must act, I must help, I must protect. Its like a switch flips and I fly into action. I think its an admirable trait to have. Sure you can argue that it could hurt me, but at the time when I am doing it, I think its more important to act now, question later.

    Whenever I see an injustice I cannot stand by and do nothing. I can't fathom how others do. This energy just builds up in my stomach and it has to be let out. For example, if someone is lying or slandering another person, even if I have no stake in it I will call them out on it. It would irk me to no end. Its just not right. If a person was being attacked and no one else helped them, Id probably be the one person to step in a try to help them. Even if it meant being hurt myself. Id just fly into a fit of rage and probably try to hurt the perpetrator.

    The instinct to protect is a huge part of my foundation. I must stand up for justice. I don't have a choice. Its just who I am.
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    It's instinctive, it's rare, and it only happens once I love you. I don't feel the urge to protect people I don't know, nor do my morals tell me to, as they're more "live and let live"– morally, I am pretty selfish. When my friends are hurt, I have a bit of a…freak out. I feel the urge to tell off/even attack the person who hurt them, and I always leap into action to find the solution. It's kind of weird, and feels out of character to me even. It's really parental, actually. When something like this happened recently, I was making statements like, "She is never allowed to speak to you again." (Me and a friend who's 7w8-8w9-2w3 were actually saying, "Okay, this is like when you're a little kid and you don't talk to strangers. If she approaches you, you refuse to talk. If she persists, you call Mommy and Daddy.")

    (Something interesting, though probably irrelevant, is the way I play D&D; I very compulsively play CG characters who help everyone they run across. Even my attempt at a NE character ended up close to this. I don't behave like this in real life, but there's clearly something to it.)


 

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