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Enneagram Type 4:
Individualist, Artist, Over-Analyzer, Mystic or Melodramatic Elitist​


Overview
You want to be gifted, intuitive, original and unique. More importantly, you want to be passionate, true to your feelings and uniquely authentic. You see yourself as sensitive, expressive and spiritual. You would like others to see you as idealistic, emotionally deep and compassionate. Your idealized image is that you are accomplished and special.
Motivated by the need to understand and to be understood, you desire experiences that are rich with feeling and meaning. You may find it easier to deal with painful emotions than to deal with the tedium of daily routine. You have the temperament of an artist and long to freely express yourself. You feel your emotions deeply and are not afraid to go emotionally where others fear to tread. This includes having an exquisite, intuitive ability to distinguish between subtle emotions that others often miss. Painfully self-conscious, you are often overly focused on how different you are from others. A true humanitarian, you have a natural passion for protest. At times intense and contrary, you are not afraid to think for yourself and voice your point of view.

Nostalgic by nature, you often focus on past experiences. This can lead you to deeper insights or to downward spirals of melancholy and/or painful unresolved feelings. Craving ideal circumstances or love, you often ruminate on what is missing and perceived to be important. Your tendency towards self-absorption is both an asset and liability. It can lead you to deep personal insights that can benefit everyone while feeding your self-deprecating sense of humor; but it can also make you appear to be self centered and disinterested in others. Feeling your own inner world so powerfully, it is good to remember that others’ experiences are just as real for them as yours are for you.

When you step out of the river of your emotions, you can bring forth your many talents into the world and express them in a way that is extraordinary and original. You are like the lotus flower growing in the mud that is able to transform emotionally painful experiences into fertilizer for personal growth. Attuned to feelings, you have an uncommon sensitivity when it comes to dealing with suffering. You are not afraid to hear about someone else’s troubles, and you can be a great friend to anyone in emotional pain.

Need
You need be seen as artistic, gifted and accomplished. You focus on your individuality and on carving your own distinct image. You need to express your deep feelings and want others to validate your emotions. Whether you are organizing your living space to reflect your refined tastes or engaging in an artistic pursuit, it is essential for your sense of well being that you express your creativity.

Avoid
You avoid feeling lost, disorientated and without personal significance, meaning or direction. You also avoid appearing inadequate, defective or flawed. Most importantly, you have a hidden fear of being emotionally cut off and abandoned. You avoid affectation and anything dull, ordinary, ugly, vulgar, inauthentic or distasteful.

Virtue
Your greatest strengths are your deep intuition, creativity and ability to transform painful life experiences into opportunities for profound growth and healing. This enables you to identify what is missing, and like a knight on a quest, you search until you find it or create it. Astute about human nature, you believe that everyone is an individual and that all emotions have value. Profound and insightful, you have an uncanny knack for transforming the dull and the ordinary into the exciting and extraordinary. You are able to see and appreciate what is truly unique, special and rare.

Vice
Your vice is envy. You’re always worrying that others may have gotten a better deal than you or are being recognized while your talents are being overlooked. Hyper-sensitive, you can be moody, haughty and overly emotional, always seeing the grass as greener and the glass half empty. You can be self-absorbed and temperamental, and tend to over-personalize all life experiences and interactions with others. Capable of being emotionally manipulating or overly critical, you are often unaware of the impact your emotional nature has on others. Remember, that you are like a mystic who sees ‘the river beneath the river’ and are not just the swamp of your emotions.

Attention
Your attention goes to searching for meaning, noticing what is missing, feelings of melancholy and nostalgia, and longing for the unavailable. You appreciate the special, the humane and the beautiful. You like to put your personal signature on everything that you do. Your refined tastes make you a great critic and someone who appreciates the truly exceptional.

Spiritual Path
Your spiritual journey is to connect to original source and create true meaning. Spiritual growth will come to you when you are able to balance your emotional nature with temperance and equanimity. Keep your powerful emotions in check, and you can create the kind of life that you want.

Mantra
Don’t dwell on the past, and remember to enjoy the pleasure that can be found in each moment. When you have gratitude and the courage to move through your fear of rejection and share your talents, others will honor your original and creative contributions.

Wing
If you are the Enneagram Type 4 with the 3 Wing, you desire to appear genteel. You see you yourself as fiery, passionate, expressive, energetic, beautiful, and kind.
If you are the Enneagram Type 4 with the 5 Wing, you desire to be avant-garde. You see yourself as original, sincere, mysterious, subtle, artistic and independent.

Famous 4s
Francis Bacon, John Barrymore, Ingmar Bergman, Peter Bogdanovich, Marlon Brando, Jackson Browne, Raymond Burr, Kate Bush, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Prince Charles, Eric Clapton, Kurt Cobain, Judy Collins, James Dean, Johnny Depp, Neil Diamond, Isak Dinesen, Bob Dylan, Judy Garland, Martha Graham, Billie Holliday, Lena Horne, Julio Iglesias, Jeremy Irons, Michael Jackson, Jewel, Angelina Jolie, Janis Joplin, Harvey Keitel, Charles Laughton, T. E. Lawrence, Vivien Leigh, Rod McKuen, Thomas Merton, Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Morrissey, Edvard Munch, Liam Neeson, Stevie Nicks, Anais Nin, Nick Nolte, Laurence Olivier, Paris, Edith Piaf, Pink Floyd, Sylvia Plath, Edgar Allen Poe, Prince, Anne Rice, Percy Shelley, Simone Signoret, Paul Simon, Meryl Streep, James Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Vincent Van Gogh, Orson Welles, Tennessee Williams, Kate Winslet, Virginia Woolf.

Enneagram Personality Type 4: The Artist
 

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Ahhh I'm liking these threads.
Thank you for posting :proud:
 

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Wow! I scored a 5 followed closely by a 4 on several tests. This seems to describe me much better than the 5...makes me wonder. I definitely fit the title "Romantic Individualist" in many ways. I am an INTJ, but I don't identify with the "dryness" of so many of the other INTJs. My most kindred spirit among them is an INTJ who is a type 2. :happy: Interesting.

That was a great post thank you.
 

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Wow. I was wondering if I was the only one who felt so deeply about things like this. People are much more complex than I had thought. I really have been inside my own head too long. I need to get to know some other type 4s! Ah, Vivien Leigh was as well? Awesome...
 

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I'm very new at all this enneagram type stuff, but reading this stuff is like reading all about me. It's cool to learn more about me, I've been so confused about my wild emotions and stuff.
 

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"Motivated by the need to understand and to be understood, ... ". So true, this has extremely been frustrating me recently. Those around me don't seem deep enough to understand any intense emotion, reason, or logic. All of this thread is precisely me.
 

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melodramatic elitist yes

i always feel happy when i can read things like this and they just make complete sense whereas nothing else ever does
 

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OP, you just described me to a T
 

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:confused:i'm pretty new to this Enneagram stuff (2 months) and since i've been tested by my therapist, a leader in the field, as a 4w5 i now feel as though all my past and current behavior makes perfect sense. i've been aware of these tendencies for ages, but now that i see myself categorized as a distinctive type i feel, on the one hand, validated and, on the other, doomed to further suffering. even though i recognize my positive traits within the other types, i somehow feel trapped inside this 4-type box. how do i get out of this cycle of self-pity, self-absorbtion, and attraction to melancholy in order to form better and long-lasting relationships with people in the "outside" world? my head tells me to avoid people to avoid pain, yet my heart tells me i need them to be happy, and a piece of paper tells me that's who i am so just deal with it. sorry for feeling so pessimistic, but that's where i am... this week, anyway.
 

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Read Don Riso's books on the enneagram "Personality Types" "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" and "Understanding the enneagram"

gives you there what they describe the direction of integration which helps a 4 get beyond the traps of thier personality

more so,(and as a 4w5 , I know this is very hard ,at times taking almost superhuman effort to do this,but Ive worked on it and it CAN be done) you read there about 9 levels within each personality from very healthy to very unhealthy and as I've read them,I try to work on a balance of developing healthy traits from each personality type

A 4 will always be a 4.I know that.and I am accepting of that (though its very painful to be a 4 alot of times) but we can integrate and work on being the most healthy 4 we can,and appreciate the healthy qualities of the other types

so for example,I have very little of type 8 in me.Its seems as the direct opposite of who I am and yet as I read about it.I learn to appreciate the quality of a strong leader,and with the 4 imagination you can learn to apply that quality is certain situations that warrant it if you work at it and are aware

so,dont give into despair,fellow 4's!!!
 
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