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Enneagram 3w4 - An Overview of The Professional

Summary of what is an Enneagram Type 3w4?

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Type 3s are industrious, energetic, and competitive, driven by need for recognition and goal completion. Type 4s are honest, creative and driven by expressing themselves as individuals. In the Enneagram, Type 3s are adjacent to Type 4s. Therefore, some Type 3s share a few of the behavioral tendencies of Type 4s. These are known as Type 3 with a Four-wing, or Type 3w4.

What is an Enneagram 3w4?

What is a Type 3 wing 4 on the Enneagram?

Type Threes are known as "Achievers" because they are always looking for ways to achieve, complete goals, act diligently to achieve these goals, and to let others know of their achievements. Type Fours are known as "Individualists" because they are always looking for ways to expressive themselves to others, surround themselves in beauty, acting with openness and honesty. A four-wing adds these qualities to a Type Three personality. This means that a type 3w4 will aim to achieve in a competitive and energetic manner, but will focus mainly on themselves as individuals and how they are able to achieve and express themselves. Meaning that their biggest desire is to be worthy of admiration from others, standing out from others, and their biggest fear is to not do so. This can make type 3w4 powerful individuals but also troublesome. As a result, type 3w4 are called "Professionals".

However, unlike "Achievers", a Four-Wing may be more vulnerable as they express themselves openly, and they can be more introverted. They will offer their opinion or express their talents and ideas, even in moments when it is not warranted or sought, and may lose the sympathetic or admiration of others along the way. This can mean that "Professionals" find difficulty in not constantly showing off and making a scene - even when it is evident that this is not wanted amongst a group dynamic.

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Type 3w4 are often energized by getting others to admire their individual successes and accomplishments.


Type 3 Primary Enneagram type
3w4 Type three with type four wing

Enneagram 3w4 Types are energetic and industrious like Type Threes, but are expressive and openly honest with others.

Remember, an Enneagram 3w4 is still a core Type Three, so they are generally diligent and energetic people. They make decisions based on their emotions and feelings and desire the recognition of others. However, the four-wing allows them to be more open and expressive, but also more introverted.

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Type 3w4 Type Three Wing Four

Here are some of the key traits to a Type 3w4 personality.

  • Seek success and accomplishment
  • Vigilant of their social appearance
  • Worried about being unworthy of affection
  • Diligent and inherently industrious
  • More introverted and honest than other type threes
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Did you know: When unhealthy and stressed, Enneagram 3w4 Types are prone to demand praise from others at the cost to integrity and harmony.

Type 3w4 Fears and Desires

A list of the core fears and desires of Type 3w4

Enneagram types have fears and desires - things to avoid and things to seek.


Things Enneagram 3w4 Types should avoid

Core fear: having failed themselves in their venture and not doing what it takes to succeed

  • Having a bad reputation
  • Repetitive failure to hit their goals
  • Feeling as if they are withdrawn from others


Things Enneagram 3w4 Types should seek

Core desire: Being recognized as successful and feeling valued for that success

  • Achieving the goals they set for themselves
  • Harding work for other people
  • Improving and understanding themselves

Type 3w4 Strengths and Weaknesses

A list of the main Type 3w4 strengths and weaknesses

Every Enneagram type, even types with wings such as 3w4, has strengths and weaknesses. These are personality traits that help and others that hinder.

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Type 3w4 Strengths Type 3w4 Weaknesses
High diligence to achieve their goals Obsessive about professional success
Ability to find areas for individual growth Overly competitive, and at times unnecessarily so
Hard-working and industrious Seek praise from others too aggressively
Able to easily connect with and charm others Tendency to be too introverted and focused on self image
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Note: The four wing helps offset some of the overt bravado prevalent in core type threes by giving them an internal focus and more introverted sense of self-awareness. But this is a double edged sword as are prone to being stressed when in a situation with which they are not the center of attention.

Data: Distribution Between Core Type 3 vs Type 3w2 vs Type 3w4

Is one wing type more common than the other?

Some Type 3s do not exhibit wing traits significantly enough to say they have a wing. When this happens we say they are a 'core' Type 3. Not all Type 3s have a wing, as we see in our research results below.

Figure 1: Type 3 and their wing types


What this chart shows

This chart shows that 91% of Type 3s do not have a wing type, in other words they are 'core' Type 3s. And 6.8% of Type 3s are 3w2 and 2.3% are 3w4.

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  • 2. Population: global
  • 3. Dataset last updated:

Type 3w4 Career Choices

What are some of the common career choices for Enneagram 3w4?

All personality types are naturally drawn to certain careers over others. Here we have compiled a list of three sectors that Type 3w4s have a proclivity for and three that are likely to clash with a Type 3w4 personality type.

Career choices

  • green tick Entrepreneur
  • green tick Actor or presenter
  • green tick Pilot
  • red cross Shopkeeper
  • red cross Teacher
  • red cross Author
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Understandably, this career list is not prescriptive. There are lots of Enneagram 3w4 Types that have happy and successful careers which do fall into the 'not recommended' category, but these cases tend to be in the minority.

Famous People With Type 3w4

Which famous people are Enneagram 3w4?

These famous individuals have the personality Type 3w4. Are you also 3w4? Do you recognize any personality similarities you can relate to?

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Helen Mirren

English actor, Helen is the first and only person to achieve an Academy Award, a Tony Award and a Laurence Olivier Award.

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Hillary Clinton

American politician who served as the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, and ran for President in 2016.

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Matthew McConaughey

American actor and producer.

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Michael Jordan

American professional basketball player who won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls.

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Lewis Hamilton

British Formula One racing driver.

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Niccolò Machiavelli

Italian diplomat and philosopher, Machiavelli is best known for his political treatise "The Prince".

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English singer and songwriter.


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Have we missed anyone?

Our research is always ongoing so please let us know if you think we've missed a noteworthy Type 3w4 worth highlighting.


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Chloe Yarwood, MSc

University of Chichester, Advanced Applied Psychology

Chloe Yarwood, MSc in Advanced Applied Psychology from University of Chichester. Specialist in personality type theory and developing valid personality questionnaires.