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Enneagram Type 4 Celebrities and Famous People

Famous people who are Type 4 Enneagram

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Type Fours are deep, unique, and desire to bring transcendently beautiful things into being, so there are many people throughout history that can be reliably typed and offer inspiration for life passions and direction. See if you can discover yourself in these creators (and creations).

Enneagram Type 4 Famous Authors

Type Fours are better able than most to craft characters with believable emotional depth because they themselves are brimming with emotion and spend most of their lives contemplating their desires, hopes, fears, and the “terrible beauty” of the world. Their works of literature have stood the test of time as they accurately tap into the human condition and relate this with depth, force, and unique style.

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821 - 1881) was a Russian novelist and philosopher. Dostoevsky 's literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmospheres of 19th-century Russia, and engage with a variety of realistic philosophical and religious themes. His greatest works, such as The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment, are pillars of modern literature and continue to be studied by authors, philosophers, theologians, and academics.

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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886) was a reclusive American poet who, though belonging to a prominent Massachusetts family, was little-known during her life. However, she has since come to be recognized as one of the foundational American poets, whose idiosyncratic style and great breadth of thematic range allowed her to comment on nearly all aspects of human life in a way that remains powerful to this day.

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Johnny Depp

Most famously known as an actor who has starred in many films, including Pirates of the Caribbean. His first starring role was back in 1984 for the film Nightmare on Elm Street which he acquired after several small roles as an extra and with the help of Nicolas Cage who saw potential in him. He enjoys reading, playing guitar, and painting. He has particularly expressed how much he loves to paint people's faces.

Other mentions: J.K. Rowling, Leo Tolstoy, Agatha Christie, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, John Steinbeck, Arthur Miller, Flannery O’Connor.

Enneagram Type 4 Famous Musicians

Type Fours are in tune with their own inner journey, allowing them to hear and relay the world's deep notes of sadness and joy. They are naturally creative, and can achieve some of the highest forms of musical artistry, shaping both words and tones that perfectly capture the human condition.

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Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain (1967 - 1994) is most known for forming the band Nirvana in 1987 (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014) and pioneering Seattle's alternate rock music scene, a style that came to be known as “grunge” which redirected music for the next several decades. His lyrics of inner angst and social awareness made him the “voice of Generation X” and influence much of today's music across genres. He died tragically at the age of 27 due to drug use and an apparently self-inflicted gun wound.

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Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin (1943 - 1970) was one of the most successful American blues, soul, and rock singer-songwriters of her era. Her electric performances and devastatingly beautiful voice singled Joplin out in the crowded field of 60s-70s American popular music (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005). She has been the topic of many books, movies, documentaries, and plays, and is still cited as a powerful influence on modern musicians. Joplin died tragically at the age of 27 due to a heroine overdose.

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Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens is a genre-crossing multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter. He became known as an early pioneer of Indie music (as both a genre and penchant for creating and producing music without major record labels). One of the most prolific artists recording today, Stevens has been nominated for both Academy Awards and Grammys, and has created works covering a broad range of stylistic and thematic territory: from beginning an eclectic project investigating the peculiarities of American states, to contemplative orchestral pieces, to experimental electronica, to indie collaborations exploring the mythological stories of the planets, to lo-fi deep dives into personal and family trauma.

Other mentions: Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Alanis Morisette, Tori Amos, John Coltrane, Lorde, PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple, Nick Drake, Gustav Mahler

Enneagram Type 4 Famous Philosophers

The Four's intuitive connection with the “deep things in life” and willingness to dwell in the grey space between hard reason and pure subjectivity, creates ample space for this type to become the trail-blazing theologian or philosopher. Often, their works will be seen as “too much” during their own time as Fours tend to buck social convention, but later are revealed to be heralds of new ways of thinking.

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Augustine of Hippo

Saint Augustine (354 - 430) was bishop of Hippo (ancient Carthage, modern Algeria) during a great time of transition for Western culture and the Christian Church. His vast works include thoughts on theology, philosophy, sociology, morality, and ethics that would come to dominate Western thought as it moved from late antiquity toward the early Medieval period. To a great extent, Augustine's thought is still deeply formative for today's thinkers and is required reading, either as a base of agreement, or a point of dissent.

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Hildegard of Bingen

Saint Hildegard (c. 1098 - 1179) was a German Benedictine abbess and polymath. She was a writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, and natural scientist (considered the founder of this in Germany). She is one of the best-known composers of sacred monophony, as well as the most recorded in modern history. Hildegard's visionary writings and powerful preachings were accepted and encouraged by some of the most powerful men in the world, even in the midst of the deeply patriarchal High Middle Ages. Her ability to relate the feminine experience has made her a resource for modern feminism.

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Albert Camus

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960) was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay The Rebel that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom. Calling himself a “moralist” and “liberal socialist,” he critiqued all aspects of the modern world, and sought personal freedom through acceptance of life's absurdities. His other works The Plague, The Myth of Sissyphus, and The Stranger continue to influence philosophical thought today.

Other mentions: Thomas Merton, Søren Kierkegaard, Alan Watts, Jean-Jaques Rousseau.

Enneagram Type 4 Famous Actors and Directors

Whether on stage, the screen, or in the director's chair, Type Fours are intuitive creators, able to bring out their own deep emotional depth for others to briefly inhabit. As pursuers of the Ideal, they will portray people struggling with the world as it is, and will enjoy the challenge of stepping into their character's lives. As directors, they will often create a distinctive style of visual storytelling that makes their work stand out with signature flair.

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Donald Glover

Donald Glover is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, producer and rapper. He raps under the stage name Childish Gambino. He first came to attention for his work with Derrick Comedy while a student at New York University and, with the help of Tina Fey, was hired at the age of 23 to become a writer for the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. He later portrayed community college student Troy Barnes on the NBC sitcom Community. He wrote and starred in the hit series Atlanta and has appeared in many large franchises, from Star Wars to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss is an American actor, stage actor, producer, and director. Known for her work in several prestige television dramas, she has been dubbed the "Queen of Peak TV" and has been nominated for and earned numerous awards, including two Golden Globe Awards from four nominations, two Primetime Emmy Awards from fourteen nominations, two Critics' Choice Television Awards from five nominations, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards from fifteen nominations.

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Wes Anderson

Wesley Anderson is an American filmmaker. His films are known for their symmetry, eccentricity and distinctive visual and narrative styles, and he is cited by some critics as a modern-day example of the auteur and a central figure of the American Eccentric Cinema tradition. Anderson has chosen to direct mostly fast-paced comedies that are unusually character-driven, marked by more serious or melancholic elements, with themes often centered on grief, loss of innocence, dysfunctional families, parental abandonment, adultery, sibling rivalry and unlikely friendships. Three of his films—The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Grand Budapest Hotel—appeared in the BBC Culture's 2016 poll of the greatest films since 2000.

Other mentions: Benedict Cumberbatch, Helena Bonham-Carter, Ewan McGregor, Rian Johnson, Andy Kaufman, Tim Burton, Eva Green, Stephen Fry.

Enneagram Type 4 Fictional Characters

These iconic characters represent many of the traits that make Fours so compelling in fiction and endearing in reality. Strong, storm-tossed emotions, combined with a sense of sophistication, deep thinking, and a belief in and pursuit of the Ideal, make these stories some of the most beloved throughout history.

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Achilles was a hero of the Trojan War and the central character of Homer's Illiad. Known as “the best of the Greeks,” he was the greatest of all the Greek warriors, and has come to represent many literary types over the millennia. Son of the nereid Thetis and Peleus, king of Phthia, the knowledge was given to Achilles before setting sail for Troy that, should he go to war, his name would reverberate across time as the greatest warrior that ever lived, but also that he would never return home. His wrath and envy toward the Greeks’ overking Agamemnon is what ultimately sets in motion his greatest victory over the Trojan hero Hector, and his own death. You can read about Achilles from a number of sources besides The Illiad, including Madeline Miller's debut novel The Song of Achilles.

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The Little Prince

The Little Prince is a fictional character from a short children's novel written by French writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The story charts the life of a little boy growing up who visits multiple planets, with each visit to a planet exploring an emotion. It is often read by adults, too. Through the Prince's journey, the book examines Saint-Exupéry's depiction of humanity, some of its worse traits such as vanity, and shame. This book has been adapted into films, plays, ballets, and operas.

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Anne Shirley

Is the titular character of L.M. Montgomery's series Anne of Green Gables, revolving around the life of Anne and her family, living on Prince Edward Island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After being orphaned as an infant, Anne experienced a life of near-servitude and neglect at an orphanage until she was taken in (reluctantly at first) by the Cuthbert family. As she matures throughout the series, Anne's power of imagination, fed by books of poetry and romance, is contrasted and enlivened by her family and friends. Perhaps Four-like is American scholar Joseph Brennan's note that, for Anne. "all things are alive."

Orpheus (Greek mythology), Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby), Remus Lupin (Harry Potter), Fiver (Watership Down), Faramir (The Lord of the Rings), Madame Bovary (Madame Bovary), Esther Greenwood (The Bell Jar), Catherine Morland (Northanger Abbey), Loki (Marvel Cinematic Universe), Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief)


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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.