Enneagram Type 4

Enneagram Type 4 - The Individualist, The Romantic - they are expressive, self-aware, and deep, while they fear not being unique, and being seen as worthless because of this. 

Enneagram Type 4 symbolic animal - the oyster.

They are exemplified by the oyster - transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

They tend to focus on what is missing in their life, and dwell more on past and future rather than the present moment.  They are highly motivated to be unique.

At their best....

Type 4s are life's connoisseurs.  They are artistic, sensitive, and dramatic.

They are passionate seekers of their own inner nature, and they look for the soul in everything they do. 

They appreciate intrinsic beauty and uniqueness, and encourage others to do the same.  

They have the ability to bring balance and flow to the present moment.

Patterns that might cause problems....

Enneagram Type 4s might have noticed that they:

  • constantly compare themselves to other people
  • create an internalised fantasy image of themselves
  • try to create and sustain specific moods and feelings
  • resist letting go of negative feelings

They use these behaviours in an effort to maintain their sense of significance.

Type 4s may eventually come to realise that their over-indentification with emotions is creating the opposite effect and causing more problems instead.

A desire to break free from these patterns of behaviour is the first step for those who are dominant in Enneagram Type 4 to turn their lives around, and reorient themselves towards their soul's true intention.

How do I know if I'm a Type 4?

Multiple choice quiz

Taking an Enneagram test will give you an indication of what your dominant type MIGHT be, but it cannot give you a definitive answer. 

Some people can spot their dominant type straight away just by reading a description.  Others may take some time to work out which description fits best.

My advice is to start by looking at the motivation for each type. 

Type 4s are motivated by the desire to have significance, to have a clear identity, to be authentic, to be unique.

Which of the 9 motivations is most important to you?

EFT Tapping for Enneagram Type 4

Look for specific events where you realised that nobody could see the real you.

How did you come to feel that you were fundamentally flawed?

Remember! - EFT Tapping is extremely powerful and can uncover intense emotions very quickly. 

If you know or suspect that there are unsettling or traumatic events in your past, do not use EFT without the assistance of a suitably qualified practitioner.

Tapping Affirmation for Enneagram Type 4

I release my need to indulge myself in fantasies and romantic longing.

Mindful Meditation for Enneagram Type 4

I can reorient myself towards my DiamondFire when I:

STOP building a fixed self-image around how different I am

START to experience myself as a unique expression of Being


Quick List
Enneagram Motivations

Type 1 - to be good

Type 2 - to be appreciated

Type 3 - to be successful

Type 4 - to be unique

Type 5 - to be knowledgeable

Type 6 - to be prepared

Type 7 - to be free

Type 8 - to be self-reliant

Type 9 - to be at peace