Enneagram Type Type 4

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What is an Enneagram Type Type 4 (The Creative)?
People with an Enneagram Type 4 personality tend to be creative, sensitive, and expressive in their behavior. They like to be unique and seek to find their own identity. Though they desire relationships, they may seem distant and reserved, especially in group settings.

Enneagram Type 4 Personality Traits

Basic Desire

The basic desire of the Type 4 is to  build a distinct, meaningful identity and to express it in the world. They tend to crave authenticity, but may struggle through uncertainty and doubt along the way to discovering their individuality. Fours may feel misunderstood if others fail to recognize their unique, identifying traits.

Type 4's tend to defend themselves by unintentionally adapting characteristics from friends, in order to appear more genuine.

Basic Fear

The basic fear of the Type 4 is that they do not matter or have significant impact on the world. In less healthy, times, they often feel misunderstood, outcast, and unrelatable. In order to distinguish themselves from others, Fours may work hard to be unique, creative, and expressive.

In summary, Enneagram Type 4 personalities tend to...

  • Seek their own identity separate from others
  • Want to leave a lasting impression on the world
  • Fear having no significance
  • Be creative, artistic, and expressive
  • Seem reserved or withdrawn in large groups

Enneagram Type 4 Strengths

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.

Enneagram Type 4 Strengths

Strengths that are typically associated with the Enneagram Type 4 personality include...

  • Ability to connect deeply with their own emotions
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of others’ feelings
  • General awareness of their own growth areas
  • Imaginative and creative deep-thinking
  • Being consistently and authentically themselves

Enneagram Type 4 Weaknesses

Enneagram Type 4 Weaknessess

Weaknesses that are typically associated with the Enneagram Type 4 personality include...

  • Withdrawing in times of difficulty
  • Fixating on what they don’t have
  • Tendency to focus too much on themselves
  • Reacting strongly and emotionally to hardship

Enneagram Type 4 Growth

Enneagram Type 4 Growth

Growth opportunities that are typically associated with the Enneagram Type 4 personality include...

  • Recognizing and redirecting self-centered motivations
  • Taking some time to reflect on the positive aspects of life
  • Developing breathing exercises to help process overwhelming situations
  • Understanding that other people can help them work through problems

How Enneagram Type 4 personalities like to work

Enneagram Type 4 Working

Communicating with an Enneagram Type 4

Avoid being overly logical and focus on sharing your feelings; appreciate their connection with their emotions.
Enneagram Type 4 Meeting

Meeting with an Enneagram Type 4

Be optimistic and encouraging, inviting fours to be themselves and share their voice.
Enneagram Type 4 Emailing

Emailing an Enneagram Type 4

Keep emails to a minimum, avoiding chit-chat and making an effort to be authentic or expressive.
Enneagram Type 4 Feedback

Giving feedback to an Enneagram Type 4

Be sensitive with feedback; share encouragements and frame negative feedback as an opportunity for growth.
Enneagram Type 4 Conflict

Resolving conflict with an Enneagram Type 4

Openly share your feelings and connect with a type four emotionally; empathize without trying to agree completely, which allows them personal autonomy and individuality.

Enneagram Type 4 Motivations

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, 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.

Enneagram Type 4 Motivations

Enneagram Type 4s tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Building connections and relationships with others
  • Taking personal time to reconnect with themselves
  • Expressing their emotions through a form of art
  • Feeling valued and accepted for who they are

Enneagram Type 4 Stress

Enneagram Type 4 Stress

Enneagram Type 4s tend to be stressed and drained by...

  • Casual or meaningless conversation
  • Parties and large groups of unfamiliar people
  • Lack of personal creativity
  • Being interrupted or facing an argument

Enneagram Type 4 Careers

Type Fours tend to thrive in environments that allow them to remain autonomous and be authentically themselves. They enjoy creatively expressing themselves and building relationships with coworkers.

Enneagram Type 4 Energized at Work

Enneagram Type 4s feel energized at work when...

  • They are asked to express how they’re feeling
  • Their boss takes the time to get to know them
  • Their peers are attentive, genuine, and open-minded
  • Their direct reports understand their vision
Enneagram Type 4 Drained at Work

Enneagram Type 4s feel drained at work when...

  • They lack the opportunity to be creative
  • Their boss criticizes their work
  • Their peers are critical and distant
  • Their direct reports don’t take them seriously

Fours are emotionally expressive, creative thinkers. They are genuine and insightful, challenging those around them to connect more deeply with themselves.

Enneagram Type 4 Common Jobs

Common jobs for people with Enneagram Type 4 personality types

  • Actor
  • Writer
  • Artist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Photographer
  • Dance Instructor
  • Hair Stylist
  • Designer

Enneagram Type 4 Relationships (Professional)

When type Fours work alongside people who are logical and even-tempered, they can help inspire creative solutions. If they work with another Four, they should each focus on connecting through their creative passions.

Enneagram Type 4 Work Well With

Enneagram Type 4s tend to work well with others who...

  • Ask them questions about themselves
  • Acknowledge and affirm their individuality
  • Appreciate their creativity and self-expression
Enneagram Type 4 Obstacles

Enneagram Type 4s may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...

  • React strongly to critical feedback
  • Distance themselves in times of stress
  • Focus too much of their attention on themselves

Enneagram Type 4 Relationships (Romantic)

Type Fours can be romantic, emotional partners when with someone who works to connect with them on a deeper level and keep open lines of communication. Fours should be careful not to idealize or set impossible expectations for their partners.

Enneagram Type 4 Romantic Strengths

In a romantic relationship, Enneagram Type 4s bring strengths like...

  • Focus and attention toward relationship
  • Being more inclined to share emotions openly
  • Recognizing the ways in which they need to grow
Enneagram Type 4 Reomantic Troubles

In romantic relationships, Enneagram Type 4s may have trouble...

  • Accepting realistic expectations of a relationship
  • Maintaining a consistent, balanced mood
  • Separating their emotions from an argument or disagreement

Famous Examples of Enneagram Type 4s


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Related Personality Types

Below are the DISC and Myers-Briggs types that are similar to Enneagram Type 4. 

DISC Type IS or Si

Myers-Briggs Type INFJ or INFP

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