ESTJ 4w3 (A 7 Point Guide)

This guide will explore the ESTJ 4w3 personality type. ESTJ is a personality type in the Myers-Briggs Type personality system. And 4w3 is a personality type on the Enneagram of Personality. Our primary focus will be on the correlations between ESTJ and 4w3 personality types. Additionally, we will examine the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of each of these personality types. 

ESTJ 4w3:

The MBTI and the Enneagram are two highly popular personality classification systems.Thus, it is natural that people have attempted to correlate the different types outlined in these two systems. These correlations may make it possible to provide combined personality results, such as ESTJ 4w3

ESTJs usually test as Type 8, 3 or 1. All these personality types have a strong desire to be in control, which is something ESFPs also value. This is attributed to the dominant extraverted thinking function among type 8,3 and 1. Thus, very few ESTJs are likely to test as 4w3s. However, ESTJs and 4w3s are both extraverts and share their desire for social ascension and achievement in common, most 

That being said, it is possible for some ESTJs to test as 4w3s. One reason for this may be problems with comparing MBTI and Enneagram types. One basic difference between the two classification systems is that the Enneagram relies on basic motivations as a way of differentiating between people, whereas MBTI focuses more on their functions i.e. the way they perceive and interact with the world. Thus, although certain Enneagram types are more likely than others to co-occur with a specific MBTI type, this is by no means guaranteed.

ESTJ (The Executive):

ESTJ is a personality type in the MBTI classification system. The MBTI is made up of 16 personality types. The tool assigns people along 4 dimensions:  introversion vs. extraversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling, judging vs. perceiving and generates one of 16 possible combinations as the final result. These four dimensions represent the different ways in which people perceive and engage with the world.

ESTJs value structure and predictability above all else. They prefer to follow rules and regulations rather than oppose them. ESTJs like to take charge and keep other people in line. The ability to organise resources towards accomplishing a goal is their strength.

They deal with everything in their lives in a rational and logical manner. ESTJs are grounded in reality and prefer dealing with facts rather than emotions. They let their decisions be guided by concrete evidence rather than assumptions. They are usually perceived as assertive and confident people who always seem to be in control of a situation.

ESTJs participate prolifically in their community life, being part of various clubs and civic organisations. They value family life too, and regularly organise and attend family events and occasions. ESTJs have clear goals and principles and openly advocate for the same which may make them inflexible. Their strong work ethic and definite set of principles distinguish ESTJs from other personality types. 

ESTJs find it difficult to express their emotions. This makes it harder for them to communicate their stress resulting in a build-up of anger and frustration. Additionally, when stressed, they become even more inflexible and intolerant. 


Extraverted: Source of energy is spending time with others

Sensing: Prioritise facts and tangible details over abstract thinking 

Thinking: Make rational and logical decisions rather than intuitive ones 

Judging: They are evaluative and prefer to plan and assess before they act


·       Dedicated; feel obligated to complete every task they set out to do.

·        Self-confident

·        Strive for order. Based on their need to establish control in all areas of their life and avoid uncertainty

·        Stick firmly to their beliefs and ideas.

·        Straightforward and honest. 

·         Strong leadership skills. Commitment to principles, a sense of fairness and the ability to delegate work to others.

·        Patient, loyal and reliable. Desire for stability and security.  

·        Analytical and rational thinking 


·        Rigid and stubborn

·        Uncomfortable with new or unconventional ideas

·        Judgemental. Their rigid standards prevent them from being tolerant of others perspectives 

·        Image-focused. Take pride in social status and meeting societal expectations 

·        Difficulty relaxing due to a fear of embarrassing themselves or appearing undignified 

·        Difficulty expressing emotions and being empathetic. Rigid adherence to what they think is ‘right’ can make them insensitive to others’ needs.

·        Argumentative and domineering

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ESTJs at Work:

ESTJs are born leaders and often hold managerial and supervisory positions at work. They are hard-working and reliable. They value authority and are good at enforcing rules and regulations. Their appreciation for law and order makes them well-suited for positions in law enforcement. Work environments with clearly defined objectives, roles and responsibilities are perfect for ESTJs. Careers in data analysis, math and science are also suited to ESTJs who value efficiency and accuracy. 

Jobs that ESTJs are well suited for include: police officer, religious leader, military, judge, politician, teacher, administrator, banker, business manager etc.

ESTJs in Relationships:

ESTJs are straightforward and honest individuals. They make their relationship goals clear from the start. Thus, if the partner is receptive to these goals ESTJs have stable, long-term relationships. They are strongly committed to their relationships, although they may bot be spontaneous or comfortable with emotional intimacy.

ESTJs handle conflicts in a calm and rational manner but often neglect the emotional side of the conflict. Their friendships are based on mutual interests rather than deep emotional connections. Since they are extraverts, they enjoy bringing people together for social activities and events.

4w3 (The Enthusiast):

4w3 (4 wing 3) is an enneagram type. It indicates Type 4 personality with a 3 wing. This means that this personality is defined primarily by Type 4 traits with a few traits from Type 3. The Enneagram is a personality typology system that classifies personality according to the basic fears and motivations that guide the lives of individuals. It has been used widely in business and spiritual settings. 

The Enneagram system encompasses nine primary personality types. A nine point diagram helps to demonstrate how these different personality types are connected to each other. In addition to the basic nine types, the system includes 27 subtypes or wings as well as three central factors that connote thinking, feeling and behaviour.

According to the Enneagram, every personality type borrows characteristics from one of its neighbouring personality types. Thus, type 4 is divided into two types: Type 4w3 and 4w5. 4w3s are creative, intelligent and vibrant individuals. They openly express their uniqueness and aim to impact society in positive and conspicuous ways.

4w3s have a basic fear that they are not significant or have no impact on the world. They fight this fear by constantly working to stand out and distinguish themselves. Their basic desire is for a sense of individuality and identity. They try to be as authentic and different as possible, often relying on creativity and self-expression to do so. However, in these efforts to stand out they may unintentionally adopt some characteristics of others and thereby lose some of the authenticity they strive for. Their obsession with being unique can make them envious and averse to criticism and feedback.

Type 4s are not usually adventurous, but the 3 wing gives them the courage to take risks and become less self-centred. The 3 wing also makes them more productive and action-oriented than other type 4s. It helps them go beyond their fantasies to actually executing their ideas. Compared to Type 3s, 4w3s are often overwhelmed by their emotions which can hamper their work. They like to spend large sums of money compared to their counterparts, 4w5s, who tend to be quite frugal.


·        Sensitivity to others’ needs and motivations

·        Creative thinking 

·        Self-awareness 

·        Genuineness and authenticity 


·        Excessively emotional in the face of difficulties and stress

·        Highly image-focused 

·        Excessive reliance on approval of others 

·        Grandiose sense of self

·        Self-doubt and insecurity

4w3s at work:

This personality type is made up of both type 3 and 4 traits which makes them creative and driven people. They are drawn to work environments that foster their creativity and allow them to engage with other people in meaningful ways. 4w3s are very self-aware and enjoy expressing this awareness, usually through art. However, due to their affinity for marketing their work and predicting people’s reactions, it also makes it possible for them to have their work appreciated by others. 

Jobs that 4w3s are well suited for include: performer, music/dance teacher, writer, artist, journalist, motivational speaker, photographer, stylist.

4w3s in relationships:

Type 4s tend to be introverted, but the 3 wing makes 4w3s more open to social and group settings. Because of their obsession with being different or exceptional, 4w3s often believe that others don’t understand them or don’t love them enough. However they are also self-aware and empathetic which can hold them in good stead in their interpersonal relationships. Additionally, they are excellent at anticipating the reactions of others which they use to their advantage in social situations. 


In this guide, we looked at ESTJs 4w3. We focused on the probability of individuals testing as both ESTJ and 4w3.  In addition to this, we explored the chief characteristics, strengths, weaknesses and other elements of these two personality types.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

FAQ on ‘ESTJ 4w3 (A 7 Point Guide):

Are ESTJ controlling?

Unhealthy ESTJs tend to be controlling. This is usually due to an imbalanced extraverted thinking function and repressed introverted feeling function. 

What is the rarest Enneagram type?

The rarest Enneagram type is Type 4. This is because Type 4s are introverted and withdrawn and are easily overlooked. 

What is a Type 4 personality?

Type 4 is a personality type on the Enneagram. They are shy, sensitive and highly self-aware. They are usually creative although they can be moody and withdrawn. 

What is a Type 3 personality?

Type 3 is a personality type on the Enneagram. They are usually self-assured and charming individuals who place a lot of importance on their public image. They are capable and energetic and achievement-oriented. 

What do 4s go to in stress?

Type 4s tend to move in the direction of unhealthy 2s when they are under stress. Thus, they become highly dependent and approval-seeking. They adopt the victim role and confer blame on others. 

How rare are ESTJs?

ESTJs are the fifth most common MBTI type. However, they are the second most common type among males. 


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