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Enneagaram Personality Type Descriptions

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Type 4 (The Eccentric)


Motivation: To be unique, authentic, true to oneself
Potential problem: Being overly subjective, clinging to aspects of self which are not beneficial/healthy
Historic antecedent: Mysticism
Historic example: Thomas Merton
Film example: Christopher (Into The Wild)
Characteristics: not big on customs/traditions, has a strong need for individuality, anti-status quo, revolutionary, their ideas sometimes surprise people, does things others find strange, obscure, non-conformist, peculiar, considered to be eccentric by others, abstract, lives life on own terms, alternative, experimental, artistic, rebels for the sake of rebellion (i.e. even when it doesn't make sense), good at making impromptu speeches, has take frequent stands in the face of strong opposition, inclined to do the opposite of what others want them to do, good at coming up with something new, radical, discordant thinker, complex, crazy, wild, atypical, idiosyncratic, likes losing them-self in things, random, often acts on the spur of the moment, creative, likes to do frightening things, improviser, seeks out the patterns of the universe, feels best taking risks, main motivation is to be different, feels attracted to the mysterious, prefers variety to routine, has a vivid imagination, spontaneous, breaks the rules, prone to excess, intense, mystical

Healthy Type 4: The Revolutionary
edgy, breaks new ground, pushes the envelope, creative/artistic, intuitive
Average Type 4: The Unconventionalist
different, idiosyncratic, experimental, unique, open
Unhealthy Type 4: The Stranger
cut off from reality, delusional, bizarre/schizotypal/schizophrenic, irrational, masochistic

*for a low score assume the opposite of the above. the descriptions listed here are made up of personality items. people who scored high on this type scored higher on the above items compared to the average. (more info)
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