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Enneagram 4w3 - An Overview of The Aristocrat

Summary of what is an Enneagram Type 4w3?

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Type Fours are connected to their own rich, inner life and are concerned primarily with proving their uniqueness and pursuing the Ideal. Threes are self-assured, ambitious, and charming—driven by a desire to be the best. Type Fours are adjacent to Type Threes and therefore share some behavioral tendencies. These are known as Type Fours with a Three-Wing, or Type 4w3.

What is an Enneagram 4w3?

What is a Type 4 wing 3 on the Enneagram?

Type Fours are known as “The Individualist” due to their desire for uniqueness, connection to their own and the world's melancholy, and their pursuit of the Ideal in life, love, and work. Type Threes are known as “Achievers” due to their image-conscious, charismatic, high-energy pursuit of advancement. A three-wing tempers the Four's self-absorption with a desire to prove their specialness through achievement, causing them to be more task-focused than they naturally would be. This wing also tailors their dramatic persona to a more socially-acceptable—but still distinctive—representation. Due to their ability to achieve high levels of success while displaying an uncommon, even eccentric, image, Type 4w3 are known as “The Aristocrat.”

However, unlike “Individualists” a 4w3 may feel they have compromised their core type's deeply-desired authenticity in order to succeed through a fabricated image. This tension between a Four's sense of internal lack and the Three's polished facade can create deep cognitive dissonance, thus exacerbating a Four's inherent feelings of shame and unworthiness.


Type 4 Primary Enneagram type
4w3 Type Four with Type Three wing

Type Fours default toward an internally-focused posture, meaning they are deeply connected to their emotions. However, an Enneagram 4w3 will become more productive and socially-conscious than the core type.

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Type 4w3 Type Four Wing Three

Here are some of the key traits to an Enneagram 4w3 personality.

  • High achieving
  • Output will by stylistically unique
  • Output will contain deep emotional resonance
  • Naturally dramatic nature will be tailored to social situation
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Did you know: When unhealthy and stressed, the more socially-active 4w3 is more prone to dramatic, public outbursts.

Type 4w3 Fears and Desires

A list of the core fears and desires of Enneagram 4w3 Types

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


Things Enneagram 4w3 Types should avoid

Core fear: Uniqueness goes unacknowledged due to lack of public-facing achievement

  • Perceived as eccentric but lacking an impact
  • Perceived as unsophisticated
  • Finding they sacrificed authenticity for a false-version of themselves


Things Enneagram 4w3 Types should seek

Core desire: To be both the most unique and successful

  • To have their elite tastes validated
  • Harmony between their interior hopes and their exterior success
  • Great impact on world through emotionally-attuned work

Type 4w3 Strengths and Weaknesses

A list of the main Type 4w3 strengths and weaknesses

Every Enneagram Type, even types with wings such as 4w3, has strengths and weaknesses. Here he will list the strengths and weaknesses of the Enneagram 4w3 Type:

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Type 4w3 Strengths Type 4w3 Weaknesses
Broader impact of work Image conscious
Self-considered Prone to public and dramatic public outbursts if stressed
Hard-working and productive Unable to articulate intuitive feelings and beliefs
Can produce work with strong emotional resonance Struggle with cognitive dissonance if authenticity is compromised
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Note: The three-wing of an Enneagram 4w3 helps counteract the Four's natural introspection and allows more people to come into contact with their emotionally-resonant work, but can also lead to a proliferation of false-selves intended to please their “audience.”

Data: Distribution Between Core Type 4 vs Type 4w3 vs Type 4w5

Is one wing type more common than the other?

Some Type 4s do not exhibit wing traits significantly enough to say they have a wing. When this happens we say they are a 'core' Type 4. Not all Type 4s have a wing, as we see in our research results below.

Figure 1: Type 4 vs Type 4w3 vs Type 4w5


What this chart shows

This chart shows that 74.1% of Type 4s do not have a wing type, in other words they are 'core' Type 4s. And 2.2% of Type 4s are 4w3 and 23.8% are 4w5.

  • 1. n=27985
  • 2. Population: global
  • 3. Dataset last updated:

Type 4w3 Career Choices

What are some of the common career choices for Enneagram 4w3?

Although people with other types find themselves in these lines of work, and those identified as 4w3 may work outside these areas, here are a few likely spaces in which this type will be successful (or not):

Career choices

  • green tick Journalist or Writer
  • green tick Motivational Speaker
  • green tick Artist
  • red cross Researcher
  • red cross Machinist
  • red cross Analyst
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This is not a definitive career list. There are lots of Type 4w3 careers that are happy and successful which do not fall into the 'recommended' category. These are just suggestions of some of the best careers for a 4w3.

Famous 4w3 Celebrities

Which famous people are Enneagram 4w3?

Here we will list some of the famous 4w3 people you may have heard of. Are you also 4w3? Do you recognize any personality similarities you can relate to?

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Lady Gaga

American singer-songwriter and actress. She is well known for having her own style and pushing boundaries such as her meat dress, the meaning of which she said: 'If we don't stand up for what we believe in, if we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones.'

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John Lennon

The face of the biggest band in history. John Lennon was truly an individualist. Considered the first rock and roll star by some, Lennon exercised his creative flair in writing, music, art and political activism.

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Kanye West

One of the most acclaimed and influential artists in the 21st century. Kanye West divides opinion for his, sometime, controversial comments and actions. His strong artistic skills have allowed him to conquer many different industries, including music and fashion (will politics be next?).

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David Bowie

One of the most influential figures in 20th century music. Actor and singer-songwriter, Bowie, and all his alter-egos, were beloved by his fans.

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Amy Winehouse

English singer-songwriter, Amy was known for her deep and emotional songs and unique singing voice. She sadly became part of the "27 Club" when she died of alcohol poisoning in 2011.

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Oscar Wilde

One of the most famous playwrights in history, he was truly an "Individualist", saying "be yourself, everyone else is already taken"

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Taehyung (BTS)

Taehyung, also known as "V", is a South Korean singer and songwriter. He is part of the world-famous K-pop band "BTS".


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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 4w3 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.