Enneagram Type 4

The Creative

Overview
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What is Enneagram Type 4 (The Creative)?

People with an enneagram type four 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.

Type 4 Personality Traits

Fours’ deepest fear is that they don’t matter or have no personal impact on the world. They will often work to be very unique from everyone else in order to distinguish themselves.

They desire their own identity and self-expression. They have an innate need to authentic, but may struggle along the way to discovering their individuality.

Creatives tend to defend themselves by unintentionally adapting characteristics from friends, in order to appear more genuine.

In summary, Enneagram 4 personality types 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  • Seem reserved or withdrawn in large groups

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 4 personality type 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


Blind spots that are typically associated with the Enneagram 4 personality type 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

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How Enneagram 4 personality types like to work

Communicating with a type four

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

Meeting with a type four

Be optimistic and encouraging, inviting fours to be themselves and share their voice.

Emailing a type four

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

Giving feedback to a type four

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

Resolving conflict with a type four

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

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.

Creatives 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


Creatives tend to be drained by…
 

  • Casual or meaningless conversation

  • Parties and large groups of unfamiliar people

  • Lack of personal creativity

  • Being interrupted or facing an argument

Best jobs for an Enneagram 4

Fours are emotionally expressive, creative thinkers. They are genuine and insightful, challenging those around them to connect more deeply with themselves. They thrive in an environment that allows them to remain autonomous, while encouraging them to express themselves.

Common jobs for people with the Enneagram 4 personality type are:

  • Actor

  • Writer

  • Artist

  • Personal Trainer

  • Photographer

  • Dance Instructor

  • Hair Stylist

  • Designer

Wings

Enneagram types can sometimes share characteristics of the types above or below it. A type four can have a three wing or a five wing. Click the links to read about the possible wings for a type four.

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