I am usually a pretty healthy 4 now -- usually levels 2-4, sometimes level 1. However, sometimes due to my mental illnesses I will briefly fall to unhealthy levels of 4, sometimes even level 9. Before being properly medicated I was a very unhealthy 4. I am bipolar with PTSD and anxiety. These are the reasons I think I became an unhealthy 4 starting around age 19 and stayed that way for a few years. I didn't think I would ever get out of that, but finally I found the right medication combination. I know some people think medication just covers up problems, but unmedicated I'm seriously crazy and feeling negative emotions for no reason I can think of. When I'm medicated I can reflect more on my feelings and actions and understand them better. I don't feel like a different person. So my point is I'm usually around the healthy levels of 4, switching levels fairly often. What level(s) are you usually at now or in the past? Do you identify with the different health levels?
Here they are, for reference:
Level 1 (At Their Best): Profoundly creative, expressing the personal and the universal, possibly in a work of art. Inspired, self-renewing and regenerating: able to transform all their experiences into something valuable: self-creative.
Level 2: Self-aware, introspective, on the "search for self," aware of feelings and inner impulses. Sensitive and intuitive both to self and others: gentle, tactful, compassionate.
Level 3: Highly personal, individualistic, "true to self." Self-revealing, emotionally honest, humane. Ironic view of self and life: can be serious and funny, vulnerable and emotionally strong.
Level 4: Take an artistic, romantic orientation to life, creating a beautiful, aesthetic environment to cultivate and prolong personal feelings. Heighten reality through fantasy, passionate feelings, and the imagination.
Level 5: To stay in touch with feelings, they interiorize everything, taking everything personally, but become self-absorbed and introverted, moody and hypersensitive, shy and self-conscious, unable to be spontaneous or to "get out of themselves." Stay withdrawn to protect their self-image and to buy time to sort out feelings.
Level 6: Gradually think that they are different from others, and feel that they are exempt from living as everyone else does. They become melancholy dreamers, disdainful, decadent, and sensual, living in a fantasy world. Self-pity and envy of others leads to self-indulgence, and to becoming increasingly impractical, unproductive, effete, and precious.
Level 7: When dreams fail, become self-inhibiting and angry at self, depressed and alienated from self and others, blocked and emotionally paralyzed. Ashamed of self, fatigued and unable to function.
Level 8: Tormented by delusional self-contempt, self-reproaches, self-hatred, and morbid thoughts: everything is a source of torment. Blaming others, they drive away anyone who tries to help them.
Level 9: Despairing, feel hopeless and become self-destructive, possibly abusing alcohol or drugs to escape. In the extreme: emotional breakdown or suicide is likely. Generally corresponds to the Avoidant, Depressive, and Narcissistic personality disorders.
Source: 4 - Enneagram Type Four: The Individualist