Eights lead, Sixes follow

Pundits and politicians talk about candidates giving their base “red meat” by which they mean saying what the base most wants to hear, especially if the base is really committed to the cause.

Well, Enneagram teachers have to welcome Donald Trump as red meat if you’re teaching about style 8’s.  He has most of the negative markers for an 8.  He is vulgar, aggressive, and simplistic.  He divides the world into good/bad, black/white.  America is good, everyone else is bad, he is good, Obama is bad, conservative is good, liberal is bad and these are not matters of emphasis but practically of identity.  He is so vivid and ubiquitous that Enneagram teachers should be saving video clips to teach the low style of 8 for months to come.