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Enneagram Type 4 Ego: Oscar Ichazo's Ego-Melan


Enneagram type 4 originated from Oscar Ichazo's ego-melan which consisted of the fixation of melancholy, trap of authenticity, holy idea of holy originality, passion of envy, and virtue of equanimity.

Type 4 Ego: Ego-Melan

Below are descriptions of Oscar Ichazo's ego type 4 fixation, trap, holy idea, passion, and virtue reinterpreted for today's personality types.

Type 4 Fixation and Trap

Fixation: Melancholy comes from a dissatisfaction with what is and a longing for what once was or could've been.

Trap: Authenticity comes from searching for a sense of self that brings significance and fulfillment.

The fixation points to the mental preoccupation of the ego and the trap seems like the way out but keeps the individual stuck in the fixation. 

Type 4 Holy Idea

Holy Idea: Holy originality involves accepting the common and ordinary in life instead of disdaining it in favor of the unique and special.

The holy idea is the actual way out of the ego fixation.

Type 4 Passion

Passion: Envy is a one-sided comparison between the positives of others and the negatives of oneself. What's lacking in me that I don't have what they have?

The passion is the emotional energy that serves the fixation and trap.

Type 4 Virtue

Virtue: Equanimity appears when you also see the positives you have to offer instead of just the negatives when comparing yourself to others.

The virtue is what appears when the passion subsides.

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