Enneagram Type 4 – The Individualist


Creative individualists is the best way to describe the Enneagram Type Four quickly. However, since we do have more time lets go more into depth on what this personality type is. The best way to start is with the heart of the matter, so here are Type Four’s basic fear and basic desire.

Basic Fear: That they have no identity or personal significance
Basic Desire: To find themselves and how they are important, to create an identity

Overview of Type Four

Type Fours seek who they are meant to be. They believe that they are special, different than other people. They see the fact that they are different as both a blessing and a curse, but at the same time there is no question in their minds that they are different. In that way they are ‘self-conscious individualists.’ Meeting someone who is similar can be very disillusioning and difficult for a Type Four since they tend to build their whole being on being different.

They are very sensitive and emotional. They long for people to understand them, but at the same time they fear it. They want to be authentic, and they want those around them to be authentic. They become depressed and moody easily. They can also be melodramatic if they feel like it, or sometimes even when they don’t feel like it.  However, even if it may not always seem like it they tend to be very in tune with their emotions and often the emotions of those around them.

Type Fours are very creative. Painting, drawing, writing, cooking, and other forms of creativity are a way for them to express themselves. For them doing things that are creative is a way to express themselves to the world that is not quite a part of them, but is still them, if that can make sense.

Type Four with a Wing-Three

A Type Four with Three wing is sometimes called the Aristocrat.

When they have a three wing they tend to be more in touch with the world needing to do something that will effect the world. They tend to use creative means to do this.

When they have a three wing they are less likely to dramatize their problems.

They may become focused on form and forget about substance. They want to be successful, but at the same time they may not quite know how to do that and what they want to do.

Type Four with a Wing-Five

Type Fours with a Five wing are sometimes called the Bohemian.

They tend to be more intellectual, able to look at the world around them with reason and logic. They are able to detach themselves and look at things without emotion. They tend to be less impulsive, and more about to focus on things around them.

The way that they are able to detach from things can make them feel as though they don’t belong in the world. They can almost feel like aliens and have a difficult time connecting with those about them.

Type Four in Growth and Stress

When Fours are stressed they tend to act more like Type Twos when the Two is not behaving at their best. They become clingy, and over-involved with everything around them.

When they are growing they tend to act more like healthy Type Ones. They tend to be more disciplined and moral.

People and Characters who are Type Fours

One of my favorite ways to find out more about how a personality type would behave to to learn who else has that personality type. It also helps to show the variations within that personality type. It helps to show that even if two people have the same personality type they can still be completely different and are completely different even though they may share some similar traits. So here I have two lists for you, one of people who are type fours and one of fictional characters who are Type Fours.

Real Life Type Fours Include:
Johnny Depp
Bob Dylan
Billie Holiday
Angelina Jolie
Sarah McLachlan
Edgar Allen Poe

Fictional Type Fours Include:
Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)
Catherine Morland (Northanger Abbey)
Faramir (Lord of the Rings)
Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby)
Loki (The Avengers)
Marianne Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility)

My purpose in writing this series of posts of the Enneagram types is to help you to understand them and to allow you to use them in your life and in what you write. I hope that you are able to use the Enneagram types. If you are interested in learning more about the Enneagram theory as a whole here is a link to a post on that: Characters Need to be Human. Also if you want to find out your own Enneagram type here is a link to a test that I have found to be fairly accurate: Enneagram Test.

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