Enneatype 4


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Birth injury

Birth injury refers to an emotional or psychological wound experienced in the first years of life, particularly during early childhood. This wound originates in family experiences and dynamics and can leave a deep mark on a person’s personality and the way he or she relates to self and others.

Birth injury: Feeling of being inferior.

The birth wound of Enneatype 4, also known as “The Individualist” or “The Romantic,” refers to a sense of lack or lacking in their being. From an early age, Enneatype 4s may experience a sense of loss or separation, leading them to feel different or out of place compared to others.

In addition, the Enneatype 4 birth wound may be related to a constant search for their identity and a tendency to compare themselves to others. They may feel that they lack something essential that others naturally possess, leading them to crave a sense of uniqueness and authenticity.


Shadow (weaknesses)


In imbalance, Enneatype 4’s are known for their envy and constant comparison with others. They may be intensely jealous of the qualities, achievements or experiences they perceive in others, which can lead to resentment and bitterness.

Ego characteristics: Self-conscious, Envious, Nostalgic and Depressive.

Idealizes: The Individualist idealizes authenticity, beauty and uniqueness, seeking to be authentic and genuine in everything they do.

Desires: Wants to find their identity and purpose in life, and to be recognized for their uniqueness and emotional sensitivity.

Avoids: He avoids feeling ordinary or common, and seeks to avoid situations that threaten his sense of being special.

Greatest fear: The Individualist’s greatest fear is being ordinary and lacking a distinctive identity, feeling insignificant and unimportant.

Defense Mechanism: The Individualist’s defense mechanism is identification with suffering and melancholy, creating a sense of depth and transcendence in order to feel special.

Resists: The Individualist resists feeling shallow or emotionless, and avoids situations that might jeopardize his sense of being unique and special.

Self-image: The Individualist sees him or herself as special, unique, and deeply connected to his or her emotions and sensibilities.

How he manipulates: The Individualist may manipulate through their intense emotional expression, seeking to arouse sympathy and attention from others.

Personality disorder (when very unbalanced): Bipolarity.


Light (qualities)


On balance Enneatype 4’s are known to be emotionally deep and have a great ability to connect with their own feelings and those of others. They can be empathetic and understanding, which allows them to establish meaningful relationships.

Essential Characteristics: Creative, Stable, Introspective and Sensitive.

Essential Quality: Authenticity in Enneatype 4 involves not only accepting themselves, but also celebrating their individuality and using it as a source of creativity and self-expression. By cultivating the essential quality of authenticity, Enneatype 4’s can find greater satisfaction and fulfillment in their lives by living in alignment with their true selves.

Life Learning: Life learning for Enneatype 4 involves developing a greater ability to find gratitude and joy in the little things in life. By focusing on what they have and appreciating meaningful experiences and connections, they can find a greater satisfaction and sense of fulfillment.

Psychological challenge: How will they look at me if I stop dramatizing and suffering and live in a balanced way?

Creativity and Authentic Expression: Enneatype 4s in your light are noted for their creative capacity and ability to express themselves authentically. They are able to channel their inner emotions and experiences into art, music, writing or other forms of expression, allowing them to share their uniqueness with the world.

Sensitivity and empathy: Enneatype 4s in their light are highly sensitive and have a strong empathic capacity. They can attune to the emotions and needs of others, providing support and understanding. Their sensitivity allows them to connect deeply with

Enhancement Drive: Enneatype 4’s enhancement drive involves cultivating greater acceptance of reality as it is, without idealizing it or constantly wishing for a different experience. This involves learning to embrace both positive and negative experiences, recognizing that they are all part of life.


Why know your ego

By knowing their ego, Enneatype 4 can be more aware of how they interact with others and how it can affect their relationships. This allows them to work on patterns of behavior that can hinder connection and mutual understanding, promoting healthier and more authentic relationships..



In the Enneagram, the “triad” refers to one of the fundamental aspects of the enneatype that are classified into three main groups. These clusters represent three centers of intelligence or predominant approaches to processing information and coping with the world. Each of these clusters is associated with three specific personality types.

Centering: When the Enneatype 4 is focused, it connects with the positive qualities of Enneotype 1. This involves showing greater discipline, responsibility and a search for authenticity and creative expression in their life. They can develop greater objectivity and emotional balance, and seek harmony between their emotions and their sense of purpose.

Decentering: When the Enneatype 4 decenters toward Enneotype 2, they may exhibit characteristics that are more focused on the need for attention and validation from others. They may become more emotionally dependent and seek external approval and recognition in order to feel valued. They may experience a greater tendency to sacrifice their own needs in favor of others, seeking to gain love and acceptance.

Enneatype 4


Lost message in childhood

 The missing message that Enneatype 4 individuals may seek in their childhood is that of being unique and authentic. They may long to be recognized and valued for their uniqueness and what makes them special.


The Enneatype 4 belongs to the Heart/Feeling Triad, along with types 2 and 3. It is characterized by having a deep connection with emotions and a strong influence of feelings in its way of perceiving and relating to the world.


The fixation of Enneatype 4 is Melancholy, which refers to a deep sadness and nostalgia for something they feel is missing.


The passion of Enneatype 4 is Envy, which manifests itself as a constant feeling of lack and desire to have what they perceive as more valuable in others.

What is your focus

Enneatype 4 tends to focus their attention on their inner world, their emotions and their emotional life. They are very aware of their feelings and may spend a lot of time reflecting on and exploring their inner world.

Principal motivation

Enneatype 4’s main motivation is to find their own identity. They seek to be authentic and genuine, they may be driven by the need to be unique and different from others. They may also seek beauty and transcendence in their life through their creative expression.

Unconscious message received in childhood

 The unconscious message that Enneotype 4 individuals may receive in their childhood is that they are different from others.



Enneatype 4 may have wings that refer to adjacent numbers on the enneatype circle, i.e., enneatype 3 and enneatype 5. Wings are subtypes that influence the personality and behavior of the main enneatype, in this case, Enneatype 4.

The enneatype 4 wing with a tendency to enneatype 3: may show more success and image-oriented traits. Fours with wing Three may be more energetic and achievement-oriented. They may have a greater ability to adapt to different situations and may show a greater concern for their image and how they are perceived by others. They may feel an internal pressure to be special and stand out.

The enneatype 4 wing with a tendency to enneatype 5:

may show more introspection and knowledge oriented traits. Fours with a Five wing tend to be more reserved and focused on their inner world. They are observant and reflective, and have a penchant for depth and exploration of their own emotions and thoughts. They may seek individuality and authenticity in their experiences.


Conscious actions


Understanding your enneatype is vital for your consciousness/spiritual development process, because it allows you to see and recognize what you are doing unconsciously in response to your woundedness. If you have reached this point it is because you want to generate a change and act from your consciousness and not from your ego, in other words from your love and not from your fear. Here are some suggested routes of conscious action for you to begin to generate a change.

Conscious actions imply an intentional and constant effort on the part of Enneatype 4 to promote its growth and emotional well-being. By practicing these actions, Enneatype 4 can develop greater authenticity, acceptance and fulfillment in their life.




Cultiva la autoaceptación:

Learn to love and value yourself as you are, embracing your uniqueness and recognizing your intrinsic worth.

Explore and express your emotions:

Allow yourself to feel and explore your deep emotions, expressing them in a healthy and creative way, whether through art, writing or other forms of expression.

Practice gratitude:

Appreciate the beauties and meaningful experiences of life, finding joy in the simple things and cultivating gratitude for what you have.

Find your voice and authenticity:

Find your own voice and express your authenticity in all areas of your life, freeing yourself from the need to compare yourself to others.

Cultivate emotional resilience:

Learn to manage and overcome emotional ups and downs, developing healthy coping skills and seeking emotional balance.

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