How to read the Enneagram:
Associating themselves with meaning and purpose is a typical characteristic of a type Four on the Enneagram. Self-aware and sensitive, Fours are creative, unconventional and inspired.
The number Two on the Enneagram depicts the stress point. The number One on the Enneagram depicts the security point. The stress and security points may also resonate with Fours. These points can indicate how their behaviors might change in different circumstances in their lives.
Fours are motivated by being unique, and are able to convey their individuality in all aspects of their lives. This makes them self-expressive with a deep desire to figure out who they are and what their sense of purpose in the world is. They are “out of the box” problem solvers, and a great addition to any team in this respect, and when adding value in this regard, Fours can be very productive. They are self-reflective and authentic, often looking for deeper meaning in their lives, as well as paying attention to how a connection feels between you and them. Fours can get stuck in holding onto past experiences, matching these experiences to feelings. They possess a deep sense of self, which can be both a gift and a source of emotional pain for the Four.
Fours can often feel like there is something missing in their life and long for that missing feeling to be filled. Fours may also feel that they are flawed and therefore not worthy of a connection, or happiness, which is what drives their need to be seen as special, unique and different.
Because Fours default to expressing themselves as individuals, they can often feel misunderstood. Fours value connection, which can sometimes lead them to feeling oversensitive or excessively emotional, which might seem draining to others. Because they are aware of their own sensitivity, they are incredibly intuitive and sensitive towards others. Amy Winehouse and Prince are well-known Fours, with music as their main creative outlet.
“Fours at their best are emotionally perceptive, creative and emotionally balanced. When Fours are struggling they can feel lost, abandoned and rejected by others.” says Saffron Baggallay. At their best, they are able to transform life experiences into valuable learnings, often using these to lead themselves and others towards a greater sense of purpose. They are tactful and self-aware, highly individualistic and purposeful.