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Enneagram Type 4: Significance and Emotional Authenticity

Enneagram type 4

Enneagram type 4 has a core focus on finding significance by cultivating what is uniquely special and stands out from what's common and every day.

Self-Concern: “I am insignificant as I am.”

Compensation: "I must find and cultivate what's authentic and uniquely special about myself to stand out from the ordinary."

Core Assumption: Significance comes from cultivating what is unique and emotionally authentic in myself. This requires that I discover and stay true to what has emotional meaning for me and find ways to express that through my own identity and in the world around me. 

Focus of Attention is on what’s missing or lacking in myself, the common everyday, and life itself.

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