Core Fears of the Four:
The core fears are of being inadequate, emotionally cut off, commonplace, and abandoned.
The preceding core fears have been identified by many Enneagram researchers through the years and were explored more deeply by Katherine and David Fauvre during their groundbreaking research on the Enneagram in 1995 and 1996.
The Fours primary fears all center around the need to be seen as unique and special, thus feeling inadequate is the primary way in which the Four will be triggered into feelings of sadness and despair. To be inadequate would mean that they are indeed not special and that others see them just as they see everyone else. Being seen as commonplace is part and parcel to feelings of inadequacy because fours spend a great deal of time (whether consciously or unconsciously) seeking to be seen as unique. Feedback that they are commonplace would undermine the Fours psychic efforts to stand apart.Read More