The following information provides you with some of the insights we share with the participants of the Natural Superheroes events.

04-THE-ARTIST-1Type Four – The Artist

Also known as: Actor, Actress, Individualist, Romantic World View: A never-ending search for the longed-for things that are missing, to make life complete Focus on: Being different and unique Underlying Fear: Of being without consistent personal identity, abandonment, rejection, loss, not being special. Natural Virtues: Melancholy Natural Coaching and Leadership Style:

Overview of Type Four Enneagram Profile

FOURS are known for their idealism, creativity, sensitivity and appreciation of all things beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. Their basic desire is to be unique, authentic and original and consequently they search for the deeper meaning of experiences. Highly intuitive and completely in touch with their own feelings, FOURS naturally show strong empathy with the suffering of others, which can sometimes prevent them from handling situations effectively. Their clothing and personal space reflects their desire to be different and special and can often make them appear aloof and elitist to others. They experience strong feelings of melancholy regarding what is missing in their life.

Healthy aspects of the personality develop when their sensitivity to feelings is balanced by a rational acceptance of the need to attend to the positive and good aspects of their lives right now, instead of continually feeling into the past or future for what was or could be better.

Underlying Issues that arise for Fours

There is a core belief that early on life, they were abandoned for ‘not being good enough’ and thereby lost a deep meaningful connection. Thus, to re- establish and deserve such a connection they believe they have to be somehow very special, different, unique, and extraordinary. This translates into envy of others whom they believe possess this missing connection.

At their worst (when feelings of apathy, grief, fear, lust and anger arise) Self-absorbed, woeful, envious, emotionally needy, temperamental, self-indulgent, dramatising, snobbish, hypersensitive, and easily hurt

At an average-healthy level (when feelings of pride arise and courage) warm witty exquisite, gentle, artistic, creative, expressive, sensual, perceptive, individualistic, compassionate, and sensitive At their very, very best (when they are feeling acceptance for what is and completely at peace) Objective, detailed orientated, visionary, refined, perceptive, intuitive

Connected Types


These behavioural tendencies are highlighted through the enneagram diagram by the lines of integration (healthy behaviour) and disintegration (unhealthy behaviour). The arrows within the diagram below follow the direction of where the types move towards when they are feeling stressed.

Healthy – When relaxed and productive, FOURS take on some of the characteristics of ONES (Perfectionist)

Unhealthy – When stressed, FOURS take on some of the characteristics of TWOS (Carers)

Enneagram Type Fours in Relationships Of all the enneagram types, fours are potentially the most ‘in touch’ with their feelings and most sensitive to others’ feelings. At a healthy level they can thus focus a great deal of attention on relationships and can be brilliant listeners. Emotional contact is central to the life of a four. If they are not careful to put a boundary between themselves and another while relating to them, the four can get swept up into an avalanche of emotions and everything else seems bland in comparison. The four demands total presence from a partner and will get very fearful of abandonment. Paradoxically there is also a push pull of attention which can make their partner uncertain about their genuine levels of commitment.

Fours at Work

Fours are drawn to work in which they feel they can make a special and unique contribution all of their own. Highly creative and able to hold a strong vision for themselves and their organisation they require distinctive, creative work, and do not feel comfortable in what they see as a banal boring environment, or in a place where there are more qualified or more creative people on the team than themselves. The degree to which they are effective and efficient is often directly a function of their emotional state; their emotional life takes precedence and work becomes irrelevant.

Instead of an appreciation of what is good and pleasant now, there is a tendency to look for what’s missing instead, and to imagine what could be better tomorrow or what was better yesterday. Their introspection and sensitivity allows for ability to have great empathy with others and to help and support others closely; excessive introspection leads to feelings of isolation, envy, longing and wallowing in melancholy.

The Leadership style of Fours Fours are great innovators and can challenge an organisations history of product development and decision making, looking for new ways of working, and creating stylish products. They are very personal and feeling oriented in their leadership style, being sensitive to what is personally important to others. The downside of being more in touch with their feelings is that fours are inclined to feel moody, and are unpredictable, with even minor mistakes resulting in great emotional overreaction. With a desire to produce something special, unique and outstanding, a small detail like ‘the need to make a profit to stay in business’ may be ignored.

Time Management Strategies for Fours Fours desire for unique expression and creativity means they rarely apply any time management processes to their life and work. Time management is mundane. They prefer to simply let creative juices flow.

However, at their very best they can apply structure to their day to make the most of the creative time they have available. Resistance to doing any form of time management plan could be why there are so few fours in positions of leadership or business.

Enneagram Type Fours as Coaches Fours at their very best make wonderful visionaries as a coach and bring out the more creative side of the coachee.

Their desire to be so creative however can lead them to be so driven to find new ways of achieving results that they avoid proven methodologies which often better serve the coachee.

Fours in Sport

Don’t seem to exist! Dancing is probably the only sport that attracts them and allows them to be creative.

Suggestions for the personal development of an Enneagram Type Three

Start to notice:

  • What has been creating feelings of disappointment?
  • What do I feel there isn’t enough of in my life?
  • How often is my mind occupied with what is unavailable, lacking or distant?
  • What seems perfectly ok right now?
  • How is my preoccupation with introspection creating drama in my life?
  • Who or what would I be if I was not perceived as different, unique or special?
  • In what ways do I feel I’m not good enough and how has that affected my life and work?
  • How specifically do I try to get approval by appearing different?
  • How does my hypersensitivity to others’ comments affect me?
  • In what ways do I get to feel sad and enjoy it?

What you can do and ask of yourself:

  • Could you allow yourself to appreciate what is good right now instead of pining for something better?
  • Could you allow yourself to stick with a course of action despite ups and downs in your moods?
  • Could you allow yourself to become aware of and observe your feelings longing or envy?
  • Learn to observe your feelings rather than identify yourself with them.
  • Stop taking things personally, and stop making assumptions.

The following information can assist you with identifying people with the same motivational profile as yours. By reading their autobiographies you are more likely to discover winning strategies that best suit your natural approach to tasks.

Type Four Organisations:
  • Ritz Carlton
  • Tiffany
Famous ‘fours’ with a ‘three’ wing

Business/Political Leaders

  • Karl Lagerfeld
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Alan ‘howlin laud’ Hope (Leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party)

Sports People

  • No clear examples identified


  • Amy Whinehouse
  • Robbie Williams
  • Michael Jackson
  • Lady Gaga
  • Elton John
  • Boy George
  • Graham Norton
  • Judy Garland
  • Prince
  • Rudolph Nureyev
  • Wayne Sleep
  • Bruno Tonioli
  • Nigel Kennedy (violinist)
  • Derek Acorah
  • Jeremy Irons

Historical Figures

  • No clear examples identified
Famous ‘fours’ with a ‘five’ wing

Current Business/Political Leaders

  • No clear examples identified


  • No clear examples identified


  • Sinead O’Conner
  • Bjork
  • Andy Warhole
  • Kate Bush
  • Alanis Morrisette

Historical Figures

  • Salvador Dhali
  • Vincent Van Gogh