Famous 5w4 Personalities (+5 List)

This article will take a look at the famous personalities that fall under the 5w4 enneagram category and introduce them to the audience. Also, the article will define this enneagram by talking about its major traits, strengths, fears and desires.

Famous 5w4 Personalities

Here is the list of famous personalities who fall under the 5w4 enneagram type:

  • Albert Einstein
  • Clive Barker
  • John Lennon
  • Peter Serkin
  • Tim Burton
  • Kurt Cobain

Before we look at these personalities, we will first introduce the 5w4 enneagram type!

The 5w4 Enneagram – The Philosopher

Possessing more traits associated with the type 5 rather than type 4 enneagram, the ‘Philosopher’ although reserved in their behaviour is quite the thinker and reflector! They like to take their time when it comes to pondering over things that amaze or fascinate them. Furthermore, they like to do this in a peaceful and quiet environment rather than brainstorm over it with others. They are indeed introverted because they need alone time not only to think but to also reflect and recharge their social battery.

Compared to type 5 enneagrams, they are more emotional and expressive. Hence, they do possess a more human element and do not just focus on the hard areas of life or use simple facts and figures to explain phenomena. This is because they realize the importance of human intervention and influence. Also, these individuals are quite expressive and like to do things in a manner that not only represents their opinions or beliefs but also feels comfortable to them.

Because of their nature and how they think or feel about others, these enneagram types may seem a bit distant – they remain guarded and withdrawn from others. This is not only because they need time alone but they prefer to keep a distance from other people. At the same time, they are very much open to gaining new skills and knowledge to increase their knowledge base as well as the resources – in the form of skills – that will help them strengthen their own standing and make them more capable of even greater tasks.

Despite their introverted side, they love to explore new avenues! They will explore to find more opportunities, learn the truth regarding people or things that interest them and also just for the sake of it. They love exploring and they don’t mind doing this alone because it allows them to have the chance to think and reflect while on such ‘missions’.

The Fear of the Philosopher

The main fear this enneagram type has is that of being helpless and incompetent. They do not want to be in a position where they cannot help themselves or defend themselves for that matter! Also, they are scared that they might feel useless. The 5w4 enneagram does not want to be in a position where they are not competent for a certain task or be of no use to others!

They often compensate for this by spending a great amount of time figuring out how to develop new skills and finding new resources of knowledge. This makes them feel not only worthy or competent because they have achieved new skills and are engaged with new sources of knowledge but also they appreciate that they are currently busy doing something they love in peace and harmony.

The Basic Desire

The basic desire of the type 5w4 enneagram stems from the fact that they want to feel competent and worthy. They want to be able to master a set of skills that they can use to not only ensure their independence and strong standing but also their ability to help others.

The type 5w4 enneagram wants to help and guide others too and they believe they can only do this if they have the right skills and knowledge. Hence they also desire that they possess a number of skills and much knowledge from different walks of life.

Why Are These People Successful?

Why do these enneagram types become successful? Well it is because they are motivated by certain tasks and behaviours that are destined to get someone to success! These individuals love to learn new skills and will pursue whatever sources they can to gain more and more knowledge. Furthermore, they like to understand the world around them and this allows the personality type to develop a deeper knowledge of how it works and hence they can better manipulate it or identify the opportunities in it.

Another interesting trait that they have is the habit of solving their problems alone and making decisions that reflect their true desires. They take opinions from others however do what they feel and think is right. This allows them to stay satisfied and happy with regards to what they have chosen instead of doubting something they chose to do because someone else referred or emphasized it!

These individuals love to feel appreciated and this drives them to work even harder to gain recognition amongst others! Hence, this is why even though they face many difficulties they will still persevere because they want their efforts to become fruitful so that others can see what they have achieved! However, criticism is something that drains these individuals because not only do they lose their standing in front of others but also because they have worked so hard and instead of being appreciated they are being called out!

However, sometimes these individuals do fall prey to the stress of pursuing success! They may become upset but will jump back onto their feet and pursue what it is they desire. They are fully committed to gaining what it is that they want to achieve!

Famous 5w4 Personalities (+5 List)

In this section the article will discuss some famous personalities who are the 5w4 enneagram type!

Albert Einstein

He was a German born theoretical physicist who is known for his theory of relativity as well as his contributions to the theories of quantum mechanics! Born on March 14, 1879, Albert Einstein also received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his services to the theories of physics and especially for his contributions to the ‘photoelectric effect’.

Clive Barker

Clive Barker is an English playwright, novelist, film director, and visual artist. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short stories, the Books of Blood, which established him as a leading horror writer. 

Born on October 5, 1952, Barker is famous for his paintings that are placed in galleries in the United States. Apart from that, he is responsible for the creation of many characters for comics and series! His popular horror stories have also been featured in ongoing series!

John Lennon

Born on October 9, 1940, John Lennon was an English singer, songwriter and musician.  He received worldwide fame for his songs but was also known for his efforts towards establishing peace. He is indeed a 5w4 enneagram because he was motivated to do something different and unique with his skillset and also fought for the rights of people to have peace. 

Peter Serkin

Peter Adolf Serkin was known for his piano skills worldwide! He was born on July 24, 1947 in Manhattan and was the son of Irene Rudolf Serkin. From a young age he began studying music and developed not only an interest but a skill. He has many achievements that range from playing with major orchestras such as Cleveland Orchestra and receiving Grammy nominations. 

Tim Burton

Famously known for his horror and gothic films such as ‘Beetlejuice’ and ‘Edward Handscissors’ as well as ‘The Night Before Christmas’, Tim Burton is an American film director, writer and artist. He has also helped direct other famous movies of Batman and ‘the Planet of the Apes’. He is yet another famous personality that falls under the 5w4 enneagram!

Kurt Cobain

For someone who died young, Kurt Cobain was born in February 1967 but passed away in April 1994 due to suicide by a gunshot. He was very famous for his songs and was not only a singer but songwriter, musician and guitarist! He is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the history of alternative rock!


This article took a look at famous personalities who fall under the 5w4 enneagram category and introduced them to the readers. The article also introduced the enneagram 5w4 by discussing its traits, strengths, fears and desires. It also explained why these enneagrams became successful!



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