Enneagram 5w4 Explained: The Iconoclast

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Enneagram 5w4 Explained The Iconoclast

What does it mean to be an Enneagram 5w4? Read this blog to discover everything you need to know about the 5w4, known as The Iconoclast.

When learning about the enneagram, the word “wing” can start to surface and it can lead to a lot of confusion about your type if you don’t understand what a wing is.

So when learning about the Enneagram 5w4, you can start wondering “am I an Enneagram 4 now? Or am I still an Enneagram 5?” This blog will clarify what it means to be an Enneagram 5 including what your personality traits are and how your 4 wing affects your core desire as a 5.

What Is An Enneagram Wing?

In the Enneagram, you have a core Enneagram type. This type is determined by your core desire, childhood wound, and core fear.

But you don’t just have a core, standalone Enneagram number, you also have a wing!

The Enneagram is positioned in a circle so that each number has a neighboring number on both sides of them. This is so you can determine your wing.

What Is An Enneagram Wing?

Your wing, in the Enneagram, dictates your behavior. While your core type does not change, you tend to appear and behave like another number. When you first meet someone, the number of wing is the Enneagram type people will guess you are at first. Your Enneagram wing also affects how you fulfill your core desire.

Your wing can only be one of the 2 numbers that are neighboring you. For example, if you are an Enneagram 5, you can have a 4 wing or a 6 wing.

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You Have A Dominant Enneagram Wing

Every enneagram type can tap into both of their wings but everyone has a dominant wing, one that feels more comfortable to tap into and helps them fulfill their core desire easier.

If you’re an Enneagram 5w4, you have a 4 wing that is more dominant than your 6 wing. In both cases for each wing, you are still primarily a 5 with the 5s core desires, fears, and childhood wounds but your behavior will change.

The Enneagram 5

The Enneagram 5 was raised to believe they had to be knowledgeable and logical for survival. This makes them someone who is reserved, cerebral, and factual. Not readily expressing emotions.

The 5’s core desire for resources and knowledge. This leads them to hoard resources, hoard your time, and isolate themselves from people

5s can be very likable but they aren’t social butterflies. Preferring to be quiet observers of reality, they are naturally reserved and they love to intake knowledge. The 5 see everything as a set of facts or systems.

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The Enneagram 4

The Enneagram 4 was raised to believe they weren’t enough as they are. So they become people who have a strong desire to be important to the world and try to cultivate a sense of self and identity.

4s do this by associating with social groups, identifying with the things you do, or being hyper-independent and telling yourself you “don’t fit in” with any group.

Stereotypically, 4s are melancholy, creative, artistic, moody, eccentric, and expressive. And these traits can certainly show up in 4s and those who have a 4 wing. But 4s are also, put simply, different and quirky. They own who they are and are willing to be different to be themselves.

Related Blog: The Enneagram 4 Personality

Enneagram 5w4 The Iconoclast

The Enneagram 5w4

The Enneagram 5w4 is known as The Iconoclast. And the definition of the word “Iconoclast” is “a person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions.” The Iconoclast is someone who questions everything and uses concrete facts to do so. Understanding this name helps you understand the personality of the Enneagram 5w4.

The Enneagram 5, at their core, is analytical and factual. When combined with traits of the Enneagram 4, these individuals become rational questioners of systems in the world.

A great example of this personality is the psychologist, author, and commentator, Jordan Peterson. If you have ever listened to him speak in a podcast, or interview, or have even read any of his books, you’ll see that his goal is to take well-known systems and institutes of knowledge, question their roots and how they serve us, and apply things in the most rational way possible.

You can see how inherently, his goal, in the end, is to hold the most logical view.

The Enneagram 5w4 seeks the most secure beliefs possible and is unafraid to disrupt old systems to make that happen.

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Enneagram 5w4 Traits

They take on the appearance of The Individualist in many ways.

The 5w4 doesn’t care what people think of them and walks to the beat of their own drum. And as The Iconoclast is the more introverted 5-wing variant, these individuals appear quirky, creative, philosophical, imaginative, and unconventional.

They love to have controversial and philosophical conversations with others but if they can’t find a worthy individual, they’ll happily keep their thoughts to themselves.

5w4s will do all the research for something and get all the opinions from trusted friends/family but will always end up choosing the option they want even if it seems the least logical (because, to them, it is the most logical).

Summary Of 5w4’s Traits

  • Logical
  • Philosophical
  • Whimsical
  • Sarcastic
  • Blunt
  • Cerebral
  • Reserved
  • Independent
  • Analytical
  • Introverted
  • Methodical
  • Factual
  • Inquisitive
  • Curious
  • Creative
  • Delicate
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Enneagram 5w4’s Core Desire

The wing plays a role in how you fulfill your core desire. So while the 5 seek resources and knowledge, their 4 wing makes them seek creative expression and communal importance. The 5w4 wants to be capable and know that they are serving a purpose.

The 5w4 wants to be creative and to have their creativity be important to the world. The 5 can use their 4 wing to be charismatic and become liked by a group.

5w4s need creative outlets, to spend time alone, and make time to be with people who love your quirkiness and get on your level of philosophy.

Enneagram 5w4 Strengths and Weaknesses
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Enneagram 5w4 Strengths

How does the 5’s 4 wing affect their strengths? The 5 with a wing 4 gains gifts of quirkiness and creativity. These people can do very well as authors and in certain forms of art due to their balance of logic and expression.

The 4 wing can help an Enneagram 5 be more aware of their emotions and express what they are feeling.

The greatest gift the 5w4 bears is their ability to question. They are always looking for the most rational system and reasons that exist which makes them unafraid to question the status quo and assert a controversial opinion.

Summary Of 5w4’s Strengths

  • Analytical
  • Rational
  • Questioning
  • Artistic
  • Philosophical
  • Inquisitive
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Enneagram 5w4 Weaknesses

Every strength in each personality type can also be a weakness in certain realms. The 5w4’s gift of rationality mixed with emotional awareness can become their downfall.

It’s common for 5w4s to be very sensitive people. Because they seek resources for security and yet, want to express their creativity, they can be very sensitive when it comes to criticism.

Their 4 wing can paint make their usually rational perspective a bit tainted, leading them to expect unrealistic things of others and believing the world “should” work a certain way. And so the 5w4 can struggle with being overly idealistic.

And finally, as all 5s do, the 5w4 can struggle with hoarding thier time as it is their core desire.

Summary Of 5w4’s Weaknesses

  • Sensitive
  • Inconsiderate
  • Idealistic
  • Solitary
  • Selfish

What did we miss about the Enneagram 5w4? Let us know in the comments! Hope this helped you understand The Iconoclast.

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