Enneagram FOUR

Read the following statements and see how many apply to you in a significant way. The more statements you agree with, the more likely you are a FOUR – the INDIVIDUALIST.

  1. Most people don’t appreciate the real beauty of life.

  2. I have an almost compulsive nostalgia for my past.

  3. I try to look casual and natural.

  4. I have always had an attraction for symbolism.

  5. People don’t feel as deeply as I do.

  6. Other people often lack the capacity to understand how I feel.

  7. I like to do things properly and with class.

  8. My environmental surroundings are very important for me.

  9. I like the theatre very much and fantasize myself as being on the stage.

  10. Manners and good taste are important to me.

  11. I don’t like to think of myself as being ordinary.

  12. I can get preoccupied with suffering, loss and death.

  13. I’m sometimes afraid that just my normal feeling response won’t be enough.

  14. I seem to absorb rather easily most of the feelings of a group, so much so that frequently I lose a sense of where my own feelings leave off and where others begin.

  15. I seem to be more bothered than most about the termination of relationships.

  16. I resonate with the “tragic clown” figure, smiling through the gloom.

  17. I have been accused of being aloof.

  18. I find myself swinging back and forth between highs and lows. Either I’m very up or very down. I don’t feel very alive when 1’m in the middle.

  19. People have accused me of being overly dramatic, but they really don’t understand how I feel.

  20. The arts and artistic expression are very important me as a means of channelling my emotions. (Beesing et al, The Enneagram, p.29-30)

If you found yourself agreeing with many or most of these statements, then you might consider that the FOUR type is your preferred position, especially if you identified with the descriptor on the previous page. If this is so, then click here to proceed to looking at spiritual practices for the FOUR. Otherwise, click here to visit the next type. Or click here to return to the summary page.