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4. The Individualist. The introspective, romantic type.
Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are
emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be
moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from
others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can
also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of
living. They typically have problems with melancholy,
self-indulgence, and self-pity. At their Best: inspired and
highly creative, they are able to renew themselves and
transform their experiences.
Thank you for your interest and your question! Neither the author (Shira Atkins) of the HuffPo article nor the people she cites (Rasanath Das and Hari Prasad) have any affiliation with the Enneagram Institute. I looked at their bios on their own site and did not see any sort of Enneagram training listed. So I really would prefer not to comment on anything they or the journalist say.
Don Riso and Russ Hudson, the founders of the Enneagram Institute, are two of the foremost developers of the Enneagram as a personality system. (Although Atkins refers to one of our books, her description of it is too brief to be meaningful.)
In short, due to their credentials, I would suggest that you refer to Riso and Hudson's books or the information on our website ( www.enneagraminstitute.com ) rather than rely on a brief and very basic online article. I note, for example, that the type One name of “Moralist” is not ours; we use “Reformer” and the reference to type “10” is clearly a typo as it is correctly shown in the diagram, and that the type name for the nine is referred to in the article as “the Peaceseeker” and on the diagram as “the Peacemaker” (which is our terminology). Further, although the Enneagram symbol is ancient, there is no evidence that Gurdjieff ever used the Enneagram symbol as a means of explaining a personality system – that seems to have come later through Oscar Ichazo and others during the twentieth century.
Our webpage also has multimedia ways of presenting information (e.g., images, audio, video), which can be useful for different learning styles. For example, see our overview of Type One: www.enneagraminstitute.com...
I hope you find this helpful to you in your journey! We are here if you have further questions.
originally posted by: ObjectZero
Man I'm a lonely lonely 1, with all you 5's and 9's.
originally posted by: Marduk
I don't recognise myself in any of the descriptions
But then I am using critical thinking...
I recommend that you all study Haruspex, its far more accurate.
At the very least the Babylonians thought so, because they dropped astrology in favour of it, and they invented astrology