Enneagram Type 4: The Individualist

The Individualist

Triad: Heart

Purpose: Self-actualization, understanding of humanity

Quest: To understand self

Lesson: Self-acceptance


Values: Individuality, originality, meaning and purpose in life, legacy

Talents: Intuition, imagination, transformation through emotions

Challenge: Envy

Fear: Being defective/inadequate/not good enough

Childhood parental dynamics: Negative to father and mother


Healthy: Sensitive, intuitive, introspective, self-aware, expressive, self-revealing, authentic, enjoys full range of emotions, creative, inspired, self-renewing, refined, inspires transformation, original, unique

Average: Heightened imagination and fantasy life, emotionally overwhelmed, withdrawn, self-conscious, shy, hypersensitive (takes things personally, easily hurt), emotionally vulnerable, self-doubting, self-absorbed, moody, “outsider”

Unhealthy: Depressed, ashamed, inhibited, emotionally “frozen”, fatalistic, self-destructive, emotional breakdown


Roles: Artist, poet, fashion designer, counselor

Examples: Oscar Wilde, Lord Byron, Andy Warhol, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, Sting, Hamlet