Enneagram 4w5

Enneagram Type 4w5: The Free Spirit

If your enneagram test shows that you’re a 4w5, it means that your dominant wing is a four wing and you have a few traits from the five wing personality types.

A four wing is very good at self reflecting. They’re willing to face unpleasant truths about themselves if it means having a deeper understanding of their mind.

A 5 is very inquisitive and spend a lot of time observing things. A five uses these observations and investigations to boost their egos.

When you combine the two to make a 4w5, you end up with someone who is curious in understanding both themselves and the world around them.

What Are Enneagram Type 4w5 Personality Traits?

Basic Fear

Enneagram 4w5 seeks admiration through their findings. Their basic fear is making no difference in the world.

Basic Desire

Enneagram 4w5 will retreat into themselves in order to feel safe and protected. This is because a 4w5’s basic desire to to discover their true identity.

To Summarize:

  • Smart and creative
  • Tend to seem quiet or withdrawn
  • Seek knowledge about the world and themselves
  • Want to make a difference
  • Being insignificant or lacking knowledge is their basic fear

What Are The Strengths Of An Enneagram 4w5?

When placed in a setting of various backgrounds- whether it be a diversity of beliefs or upbringings, a personality types’ weaknesses and strengths will be intensified.

An Enneagram 4w5 Personality Type Shows The Following Strengths:

  • Being themselves
  • They’re good problem solvers
  • Tend to be self aware and have a good idea of the own personal identity
  • Always seeking more information and knowledge

Enneagram 4w5 Weaknesses

An Enneagram 4w5 Personality Type Shows The Following Weaknesses:

  • Withdrawing into their own minds
  • They can have difficulty focusing beyond themselves. They miss out on the real world problems
  • Struggle to follow rules or instructions
  • Tend to lack a work life balance which can effect mental health
  • Viewed as overly confident and status conscious

Work Life With An Enneagram 4w5

When Communicating With An Enneagram 4w5:

Keep conversations a mix of rational and emotional

Enneagram 4w5 In Meetings:

4w5s are deep thinkers and need time to reflect, so keep meetings to a minimum. When necessary, keep them straightforward and to the point

Emailing An Enneagram 4w5:

Only reach out with a clear purpose, this enneagram personality type does not like small talk

Sharing Feedback With An Enneagram 4w5:

Be honest but encouraging. A 4w5 probably already has their own thoughts on how they could improve

Conflict Resolution With An Enneagram 4w5:

Bring up the issue in a clear and concise way, let the 4w5 help brainstorm solutions

What Motivates An Enneagram 4w5

Each Enneagram will have different motivators, since they are all driven by different value systems. Enneagram 4w5 personality is driven by self discovery and knowledge.

Here Are Some Examples:

  • Understanding their self identity and world around them
  • Artistic self expression
  • Being able to fit in and feel accepted
  • Taking time to be with their own thoughts and emotions

What Are The Stressors For An Enneagram 4w5?

Every Enneagram responds to stress differently and will have different triggers.

An Enneagram 4w5 will be stressed by:

  • Feeling like they do not understand something
  • Too much social interaction at once
  • Small talk
  • Feeling rejected

What Jobs Best Suit An Enneagram 4w5?

While a 4w5 does occasionally seek recognition, they prefer to primarily be alone to investigate their thoughts and ideas. They have a deeply rooted curiosity and will flourish in an environment that encourages them to explore and use self expression.

Here Are Some Examples:

  • Actor/Actress
  • Librarian
  • Author
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Muscian
  • Artist
  • Graphic Designer


A 4w5 enneagram type is a free spirit who is curious about themselves and the world around them. This enneagram type is not worried about public image like most other 4s. Instead, they tend to focus on things of personal significance.

This core personality type may seem uninterested or withdrawn in conversation, but most likely they’re just trying to make sense of the inner workings of their mind. Above any other personality, a 4w5 had the clearest idea of their own identity.

This personality will feel stressed in scenarios where they lack knowledge. However, surround the 4w5 with opportunities to learn and grow, and they will thrive.

When working along side a 4w5, you’ll want to respect their space as they like to have a lot of time to reflect. Keep meeting and discussions infrequent, and when they can’t be avoided it’s best to get to the point.

This enneagram will work best in places that encourage them to be creative and express themselves.

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