Enneagram 4w5 -The Bohemian-

Enneagram type 4 wing 5: The Bohemian is a subtype resulting from the encounter of types 4 and 5. This means that to the amazing ability to create that exists in 4s inner atmosphere we add 5’s limitless speculation. The Bohemian is described as being less outgoing than the 4w3 but also more observer.


The enneagram 4 wing 5 overview

With the extra self-confidence, they jump into their own universe to find an incredible inner side that was hidden behind a façade of simplicity. Where normal people see just common events, they raise new questions. As limits are broadened, so is their curiosity. Nothing seems impossible for 4w5 hunger. 

Type 4 crossed with 5 is quite interesting, as they’re not part of the same Triad. Fives are members of the Head or Thoughts Triad, while the Fours, as we’ve seen, are members of the Heart Triad. So, when these two Triads interact introversion gets even deeper and they’re no longer worried about how people see them or how to adapt to new environments. They’re just focused on opening new doors and breathing the air of progress. The key to achieving that is perception. Trusting perception will drive 4w5 to make the right questions. The only thing they have left is staying tuned with themselves and becoming experts in what really matters: themselves.  

Enneagram Type 4 The Individualist
Enneagram Type 5 The Investigator

Enneagram 4w5 Personality Traits

Basic Fear

Enneagram type 4 wing 5’s most basic fear is to feel useless or incapable. Being helpless is horrifying, they run from it as quickly as they can and end up jumping into the universe’s abyss. They are not scared of anything else but feeling helpless and they fight this fear by studying, observing, and becoming wiser in different fields. For them, being just good at something isn’t enough, 4w5 needs to be an expert. Even if it means failing themselves. This current urgency feeds their curiosity. As long as fear keeps them moving, they feel good, but they should be careful and not let fear paralyze them.

Basic Desire

Enneagram type 4 wing 5’s most basic desire is to reach expertise and become the best at something. Being competent and standing out by their achievements is their main incentive. This core engine drives them everywhere. They will overcome any obstacle in front of them. No matter what’s in their way, they will use it to go even further and acquire an even deeper knowledge. It’s important for them to learn how to rely on the learning processes to feel worthy from the beginning to the end. Enforcing their self-confidence will set the right condition for them to strengthen their identity and leave a mark.

Enneagram 4w5 Strengths

Enneagram 4w5 strength comes from their hunger for knowledge. They love to achieve new and more complex goals, dive even deeper, and trespass limits in a scientific approach. Being this objective gives them a very powerful tool to resolve problems and unlock innovative solutions. When they trust themselves, they follow their perception and reach new discoveries. Their eagerness to learn and know more is an unstoppable engine that guides them. As they find fact-based answers, they feel more capable of making decisions, which might come in handy at work.

Enneagram 4w5 Weaknesses

Enneagram 4w5 weakness is their disconnection from the environment. As they withdraw more often than the other wing, it’s more difficult to get to them. They disconnect from feelings that can distract them. This disconnection mechanism can be useful if we consider they seek expertise. But then, they might not make room for listening to themselves and communicating with people. Time is valuable for them, so they might find it hard to follow other people’s rules and manners. They need to set their conditions too. Paradoxically, although they know how to fix and solve problems objectively, they don’t know how to face their own and real-life problems.

How Enneagram 4w5 personalities like to work

Learning how each personality works gives us powerful insights. It helps us overcome different situations and improve our relationship potential. Let’s check some vital points to learn about Enneagram type 4 wing 5.

Communicating with an Enneagram 4w5

Being pragmatic will work for 4w5, but it would be even better to encourage them to share their feelings and set the right conditions for that to happen comfortably.

Meeting with an Enneagram 4w5

Only meet each other when strictly necessary. They are very used to being absorbed by their work when focused, so if you need to approach them be clear and direct.

Emailing an Enneagram 4w5

Just contact them when you need to communicate something important. Write clear messages and let them share their thoughts about the topic.

Giving feedback to an Enneagram 4w5

When giving feedback make sure you’re objective and that any suggestions is backed up by a good reasoning.

Resolving conflicts with an Enneagram 4w5

When solving conflicts, it’s better to share mutual feelings about the problem, and discuss the proper approaches to the solution with clarity and calm.

Enneagram 4w5 Motivations

The enneagram 4w5 motivations are related to how they can explore their world and get inspired by it. Although they shouldn’t completely disconnect, 4w5a are more productive when they have some time on their own. Giving them space to withdraw will assure they’ll come back with new and brilliant ideas.

Enneagram 4w5 Stress

Enneagram type 4 wing 5s gets stressed out when they feel they are wasting their time on something worthless or that doesn’t contribute to satisfy their main desire: being competent and achieving an expert level in their field of interest. It’s important to balance the time they spend with others and by themselves, so they don’t feel overwhelmed.

Enneagram 4w5 Jobs

The most common jobs for Enneagram type 4 wing 5 are: Actor, Writer, Artist, Librarian, Videographer, Graphic Designer, Architect, Musician. Everything where they can show their brightness to others, and play with creativity and pragmatism is the best scenario for them.

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