Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Enneagram 4w5: The Bohemian

Although my recent Enneagram scores are still ambiguous (4w5, 4w3, 5w4), I'm going with my latest highest score, the four wing five Bohemian.

Here's the description on Morbid Romantic blog:

Type Four: The Individualist
Romantic, Individualist, Artist

Driven by a desire to understand themselves and find a place in the world they often fear that they have no identity or personal significance.

Fours embrace individualism and are often profoundly creative and intuitive. However, they have a habit of withdrawing to internalize, searching desperately inside themselves for something they never find and creating a spiral of depression.

The corresponding ‘deadly sin’ of Fours is Envy and their ‘holy idea’ or essence is Holy Origin. Under stress Fours express qualities of Twos and when relaxed qualities of Ones.

Four with a Five Wing: The Bohemian

Healthy 4w5’s brings profound creativity and insights of the intrapsychic sort. Their emotions are more under-the-surface than 4w3’s, and more private modes of communication (such as writing) are preferred. They have intellectual as well as emotional insights and can often synthesize experiences into something intensely personal yet timeless.

Average 4w5’s are devoted to cultivation of a personal worldview, often by philosophical or artistic means. They are more likely than the 4w3’s to be reclusive and out-of-touch with the greater social world, and to compensate they adopt unconventional/eccentric ways of life. They can be purposefully obscure and enigmatic in their expressions, then have an elitist and contemptuous view of those who failed to understand them. They tend to withdraw for prolonged periods under stress which can leave them further isolated. As a result, they are prone to hallucinatory states and total alienation.

Unhealthy 4w5’s inhabit a terrifying fantasy-world of their own creation. Their emotional torments are turned inward, causing severe depression and self-destructive thoughts. While average 4w5’s can romanticize death, unhealthy 4w5’s plunge into it.

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(Edited to add) I found another interesting link here: Oldham's Personality Styles

I'm not sure what to make of all this yet but this site considers 4w5 and 5w4 sx variant to correlate to INTJ and INTP, while 4w5 sp correlates to INFJ and INFP.

Also, this site provides some insight on the topic of MBTI and Enneagram: The Enneagram and the MBTI: In Search of Common Ground, Part 3. Here, Type 4 is correlated with both INTJ and INFJ said to share inferior sensing. I'd say this is accurate at least in terms of Si being my least favored function (and it says so on every cognitive test I've taken thus far).


Related links:
INFJ and the ISTJ Shadow - 8/14/10 Pink Manhattan

INTP - August 11, 2010 Pink Manhattan

INTJ Female - Final Final Frontier Part 3A posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

INFJ Female - The Final Frontier Pt. 2 posted on Friday, April 10, 2009