Enneagram 5w4 -The Iconoclast-

Enneagram type 5 wing 4: The Iconoclast is a subtype that results from the encounter of types 5 and 4, which means that the sensitivity of the 4s is added to the natural creativeness of 5s. Separately both types are introverts, so when joined together they really disconnect from the environment.


The enneagram 5 wing 4 overview

Enneagram 5w4s can spend all day long diving into their own universe, trying to conquer new systems. They want to understand everything that comes across their mind, and won’t leave any loose ends. 

In this case, both wings are members of different Triads. Type 5 is part of The Head Triad, while type 4 is part of The Heart Triad. This interesting cross point makes this particular subtype a unique blend that combines the electrical rhythm of the mind with the compass of the Heart. Resulting in a 5w4 that loves to withdraw to their inner self and decipher the outside by studying it and understanding the inside first. 

That’s why they are always isolated. Like mad scientists trying to reach a groundbreaking discovery. They put a lot of themselves into that so they can master their field. Being aware of every step they take into a specific direction is fundamental for them. They don’t need anyone else, that’s why it’s difficult to approach them. However, they tend to express themselves more than the other subtype (5w6). 

Enneagram Type 5 The Investigator
Enneagram Type 4 The Individualist

Enneagram 5w4 Personality Traits

Basic Fear

Enneagram 5w4 most basic fear is to be incapable or incompetent. They try really hard to reach their own high standards, to level up and master any field they’re interested in. Only then, they feel worthy of love and recognition. This insecurity leads them to take the extra effort to gather information, develop their intelligence and become more skilled. The aim here is to have something that backs up their abilities, making them feel good and feeding their self-esteem. Far from being useless they’re very smart people with an amazing troubleshooting skill.

Basic Desire

Enneagram type 5 wing 4 basic desire is being an expert on something that shows the world how necessary and useful they are. As they seek acceptance and struggle to recognize their true identity, they look for anything they can leave their mark on. This basic desire is directly connected to their permanent thinking and creativity. Like an astronaut they’re always focused on their minds while they float on a universe of things that are about to be discovered. They develop pragmatic and logical thinking in order to make sure they are aiming towards a substantial discovery.

Enneagram 5w4 Strengths

Enneagram 5w4 strengths grow along with their abilities to develop a methodical and practical thinking that makes them real troubleshoot masters. Although this drives them to isolate, the way they deal with reality is incredibly useful as they are deeply passionate about knowledge and very organized in their learning path. This wisdom gives them the calmness they need when something goes wrong, because they see problems as facts and immediately figure out the most practical way to solve it. As goal-oriented, imaginative, and extremely creative as they are 5w4s can break any limit.

Enneagram 5w4 Weaknesses

Enneagram 5w4 weaknesses are related to their loneliness and isolation. As long as they are working on something interesting that could change reality, they focus completely on their analysis and study. They become so committed to it that everything around them disappears. They need that, but at the same time they also need some to find a balance and connect with other people to communicate their feelings. This rather reserved profile raises a mysterious cloud around them, which can result in misconceptions about who they really are. The plethora of opportunities life offers dazzles them, but if they aren’t inspired their inner flame can get weak and twinkling.

How Enneagram 5w4 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 the Enneagram type 5 wing 4.

Communicating with an Enneagram 5w4

Talk about plans and schedule. Encourage them to nurture the process with their problem-solving way of thinking.

Meeting with an Enneagram 5w4

Focus on goals. Let them help settings deadlines so they’ll feel free to expand the scope of the topic if they seem fit.

Emailing an Enneagram 5w4

Be clear and accurate. Try to focus on practical things and let them share their ideas and connect your mutual purposes.

Giving feedback to an Enneagram 5w4

When giving feedback go straight to the point and make sure you have a good point. Be respectful too. Try to acknowledge their work and point out how necessary their inputs are.

Resolving conflicts with an Enneagram 5w4

Be honest, and avoid gray areas. Then, work on solving the problem in the most practical and beneficial way for both parts.

Enneagram 5w4 Motivations

Although Enneagram 5w4 may seem a little detached from everything around them, they are truly involved in their passage through Earth. Their work towards a better version of the world and themselves. They shine working independently. When interacting with their thoughts, there might be sparks that promise to set new fires to humanity.

Enneagram 5w4 Stress

Enneagram 5w4 stresses out when they are far from their own place. They obviously need to be accepted and recognized, but they have a low tolerance for crowded places. They work best when they are alone but also when they are surrounded by people who accept their manners and understand them with no judgments.

Enneagram 5w4 Jobs

The most common jobs for Enneagram type 5 wing 4 are: Professor, Computer Programmer, Accountant, Mathematician, Biologist, Technician, Physicist, Engineer. Everything that involves practical thinking and a methodical approach is where they fit best. They feel like a fish in the water when solving logical problems. A fish in the waters of knowledge.

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