Enneagram Type 3w4

The Expert

What is the type 3 wing 4 (The Expert)?

People with an enneagram type three wing four personality predominantly take on features of a type three, but share several with the type four as well. They tend to be ambitious, focused, and serious in their behavior. They are very career-oriented and are more introverted than other threes. They tend to find much of their identity in their work and are very task-focused.

Type 3 Wing 4 Personality Traits

Enneagram type threes with a four wing are afraid of failure. They tend to throw themselves into their careers and do anything it takes to succeed.

Their most basic desire is to succeed and feel valued. They may show this by seeking validation of their hard work and successes.

Experts defend themselves by adapting or changing their personalities to fit their environment. This makes them great communicators, but may also lead them to being misunderstood or feeling fraudulent.  

In summary, Enneagram 3w4 personality types tend to…

  • Be more restrained and controlled than other three types
  • Have a basic fear of being unworthy
  • Desire success and affirmation
  • Think and process internally
  • Focus on their professional development

Strengths & Blind Spots

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

Strengths that are typically associated with the Enneagram 3w4 personality type include...

  • Being attentive to specific tasks
  • Ability to recognize personal growth areas
  • Connecting with those around them
  • Thinking practically and working efficiently
  • Striving to continually improve


Blind spots that are typically associated with the Enneagram 3w4 personality type include…

  • Focusing too heavily on professional success
  • Tendency to face self-doubt in stressful circumstances
  • Difficulty accepting loss or disappointment
  • Being perceived as overly confident or moody

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How Enneagram 3w4 personality types like to work

Communicating with a type three wing four

Focus on directly conveying the message and helping them to understand the expectations.

Meeting with a type three wing four

Keep meetings minimal; designate specific tasks or assignments.

Emailing a type three wing four

Be concise and direct when emailing; address specific details of a situation.

Giving feedback to a type three wing four

Share areas in which they have room to improve, while validating and affirming their past successes.

Resolving conflict with a type three wing four

Be forward about your own perspective; clearly communicate the root of the issue and allow them to share ideas for solutions.

Motivators & Stressors

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction at work, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

Experts tend to be motivated and energized by…

  • Personal and professional growth
  • Accomplishments and achievements in the workplace
  • Feeling validated and accepted
  • Forming a deeper understanding of themselves  


Experts tend to be drained by…

  • Self-doubt and self-consciousness
  • Repetitive failure or disappointment
  • Negative professional or personal image
  • Feeling disconnected from others

Best jobs for an Enneagram 3w4

Threes with a four wing are introspective and creative; they work hard to achieve their goals. They are authentic and charismatic, simultaneously introspective and personable. They thrive in environments that encourage them to succeed and allow them room for growth.

Common jobs for people with the Enneagram 3w4 personality type are:

  • Architect
  • Marketer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Venture Capitalist
  • Publicist
  • Investment Banker
  • Lawyer
  • Politician

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