5 is attracted to 8’s self-confidence, power, strength, resourcefulness, honesty and energy. 8 is attracted to 5’s depth, knowledge, ingenuity, loyalty, steadfastness, insight and sense of humour. 8 greatly appreciates being able to count on 5’s trust, who completely understands his values. 8 greatly inspires 5 to spend less time thinking and more time doing, when necessary. Both enjoy intense intellectual debates, are not very sentimental but do have a soft side, and are truth-seekers.
When relationship issues arise, neither is comfortable talking about their feelings. 8 can become conflicting, difficult and threatening. 5 will only defend himself to a certain point before isolating himself and closing in on himself. If 8 struggles to control his compulsion and has bursts of anger, this really can terrify 5. 5 can perceive 8 as being too intimidating, aggressive, invasive, impulsive, irrational, offensive and insensitive. 8 can perceive 5 as being too held back, closed in, theoretical, boring and arrogant.