Enneagram 4w5

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What is an Enneagram type 4 wing 5 (The Free Spirit)?
People with an enneagram type four wing five personality tend to identify most with type fours, but may also relate to type fives. They are introspective, creative, and perceptive in their behavior. They want to form a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. They tend to be much less concerned with public image than other fours.

Enneagram 4w5 Personality Traits

Basic Fear

Four wing fives fear having no impact on the world. They may be reserved, but they seek recognition and admiration.

Basic Desire

They desire their own personal identity, and may retreat within themselves to discover who they really are.

Free Spirits tend to defend themselves either by withdrawing from others or adapting characteristics of loved ones.


In summary, Enneagram 4w5 personalities tend to...

  • Be creative, intellectual, and objective
  • Seem reserved and withdrawn from others  
  • Want to understand the world
  • Seek personal impact and identity
  • Fear having little knowledge or significance

Enneagram 4w5 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.

Strengths that are typically associated with the Enneagram 4w5 personality include...

  • Staying true to who they are
  • Deeply-rooted curiosity and passion for knowledge
  • Ability to connect deeply with themselves
  • Objective and creative problem-solving

Enneagram 4w5 Weaknessess

Weaknessess that are typically associated with the Enneagram 4w5 personality include...

  • Withdrawing from those around them
  • Difficulty focusing on real-world problems
  • Tendency to think too much about themselves
  • Struggling to follow rules or orders
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How Enneagram 4w5 personalities like to work

Communicating with an Enneagram 4w5

Find a balance between logical and emotional expression; be honest and direct, while remaining sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of a four wing five.

Meeting with an Enneagram 4w5

Keep meetings to a minimum; be concise and honest, allowing them personal time to think and reflect, if necessary.

Emailing an Enneagram 4w5

Avoid small-talk and casual conversation; address the purpose clearly and succinctly.

Giving feedback to an Enneagram 4w5

Share feedback in an honest, encouraging way; allow them to reflect and share ideas for personal improvement.

Resolving conflict with an Enneagram 4w5

Address the issue directly, encouraging them to share their own thoughts on the matter; work together toward a solution.

Enneagram 4w5 Motivations

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.

Enneagram 4w5s tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Taking time alone to reconnect and reflect
  • Deepening their understanding of the world
  • Artistically expressing their thoughts and emotions
  • Feeling accepted and appreciated by others

Enneagram 4w5 Stress

Enneagram 4w5s tend to be stressed and drained by...

  • Lack of understanding or self-expression
  • Too much time spent around others
  • Chit-chat and casual conversation
  • Feeling isolated or rejected

Enneagram 4w5 Jobs

Fours with a five wing are deep-thinkers with a desire for personal autonomy and self-expression. They are inquisitive and insightful, preferring to spend their time around books rather than people. They thrive in an environment that gives them space to think while encouraging them to share and express their creativity.

Common jobs for people with Enneagram 4w5 personality types

  • Actor
  • Writer
  • Artist
  • Librarian
  • Videographer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Architect
  • Musician

Enneagram 4w5 Slide Show

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