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  • Writer's pictureJane R Shantz

Enneagram Type 4, The Individualist



Type 4 is where we start to get a little wild! Self-expression makes these people tick, while their feelings and their purpose on this planet is their main driver for being.


Type 4s can be summarized as having a sensitive heart. They have a deep desire for feeling a deep connection with people and their work:

  • Inspired

  • Deep

  • Creative

  • Authentic

  • Courageous

 

Fours often feel that they are just different than other people. They spend a lot of time trying to understand why this is. Their core motivation is to find their significance and create an identity.

 

Type 4 see themselves as:

  • Misunderstood

  • Different

  • Purpose-driven

  • Un-boring

  • Self-aware


Other people see Type 4 as:

  • Emotionally fearless

  • Expressive

  • Creative

  • Inspiring

  • Emotional exhausting/ emotionally turbulent

  • Self-absorbed

  • Overly involved


Working with Type 4:

Type 4s often feel disconnected from others and seek to understand what’s missing to fill that gap. Type 4s often feel different and spend their time trying to understand why. They look for meaning in their work and their lives and can even lean into painful emotions and situations.


Are you a Type 4?:

The work for this type is to know that you’re not on an island. Everything is connected in our world and there truly is balance and equality. Find a way to move your body so that you get out of your head and do something that brings you job. My best advice is to know that you don’t have to work so hard to try to be special – you already are: this type brings a lot to the table.


Fellow Type 4s:

  • Princess Diana

  • Johnny Depp

  • Kate Winslet

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