Overview

Enneagram Type Four, often referred to as "The Individualist," or "The Romantic," has a personality type characterized by a deep and complex inner world. Fours are introspective, creative, and highly attuned to their emotions. They have a strong desire to be unique and authentic and to express themselves and their depth, while sometimes feeling that they are somehow different or misunderstood.

Type Fours tend to be highly intuitive and emotionally sensitive, making them keenly aware of subtleties in their own and others' emotions, including feelings of melancholy, sadness, and longing. This emotional depth often fuels their creativity and artistic expression. They are naturally aesthetic and attuned to the beauty inherent in the world.

Fours often seek deep and authentic connections with others. They value meaningful and emotionally rich interactions and are drawn to people and environments that allow them to express their unique identity and creativity. They have a tendency to withdraw when they feel overwhelmed by their feelings or when they perceive others don't quite understand them or their uniqueness.

Paradoxically, as Type Fours learn that they are not defined by their intense emotions, accept that it is okay to be imperfect, and realize there is nothing inherently wrong with them, they begin to embrace their uniqueness while recognizing they share common human experiences. They understand that the beauty they seek lies in all aspects of life, including ordinary moments.

Then their emotional depth is harnessed in constructive ways, bringing meaning, depth of beauty, and creative expression for the good of the world.

GIFTS

  • Sensitive
  • Emotionally Intelligent and Honest
  • Self-Revealing

AT MY BEST

  • Engaged in Life
  • Emotionally Balanced
  • Get to the Heart of the Matter
  • Personally Creative

AVERAGE BEHAVIORS

  • Intensify Emotional States
  • Dramatic
  • Fantasizing
  • Temperamental
  • Self-Absorbed
  • Temperamental
  • Self-Pitying

IMPACT ON OTHERS

    + Others feel special, respected, and emotionally understood.

    - Others feel my emotional demands and see me as high maintenance.

Iceberg Model

What distinguishes one personality from another? The answer is the hidden motivations that shape behavior, thinking, and way of being. In the Enneagram Iceberg Model, this is represented by what’s below the surface.

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Type Movements

INTEGRATING YOUR POTENTIAL

You embody qualities of Type 1: The Reformer


WHEN YOU'RE FEELING OFF

You are helped by the qualities of Type 2: The Helper

TYPE 4

Key Insight

You recognize the beauty that exists everywhere. You are the integral expression of a creative force, which reveals itself in unique and deeply layered ways.

 

Still Curious About Type 4?

OUR TEAM CAN HELP YOU LEARN MORE.

In our Enneagram discovery sessions, you’ll work with a Deep Living Lab coach to get closer to your personality type – and set the foundation for going deeper.

 

*Overview section is adapted from the Enneagram Inquiry Process™, created by Diana Redmond and Elizabeth Carrington and used with permission.Type models adapted from The Enneagram Iceberg Models in Deep Living with the Enneagram: Recovering Your True Nature, Roxanne Howe-Murphy and used with permission.