The envy of the 4 involves a painful sense of personal deficit and a craving toward what they feel is lacking in their life. They see goodness as something outside themselves. Their envy is borne of an excessive craving for love resulting from their chronic sense of inner scarcity and badness, but this only serves to simulate their frustration and pain. As a result, the 4 becomes over-identified with “suffering.” Read the full profile.
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Editor’s Note: Because of their over-association with all their emotional moods and unwillingness to move past traumatic experiences, all 4s are feelers within MBTI. Thinkers with a strong element of 4 are 5w4 or 3w4.
ISFJ: a moody, negative, self-centered ISFJ, who focuses excessively on their separateness from other normal people and draws attention to it, turning it into a shield; and who favors strong inferior Ne development (but fears their Ne isn’t as ‘good’ as a high Ne user / their ideas are not smart / unique / eccentric enough, and will be jealous of NPs); will often compare to others through Fe, and may try to make others acknowledge their uniqueness as a form of self-assurance; 4 + Fe means this ISFJ is open about their negative feelings and in discussing them, and fearful they will not be loved for themselves. May mistype as and relate to a Fi-dom.
ESFJ: intense emotions that run their lives, and spill onto others in the immediate area, prone to over-reacting and feeling isolated; the desire to connect to others but also remain different from them; believes there is something ‘wrong’ with them that nobody can fix. Inferior Ti makes them reluctant to step away from, or admit their emotions may be too intense for the situation. Often prides themselves on being an ‘artist’ and going against the grain; may involve themselves in various good causes, and then drop them when they become ‘too mainstream.’
INFJ: often mistype as INFPs due to intense emphasis on individuality, but may fail to realize their comparison method is through Fe; more independent and less inclined to connect to or mirror others, because this feels inauthentic and insincere; 4 places intense emphasis on Ni-dom creativity which might stoke inferior Se problems of inertia (dreaming of the ‘perfect’ relationship/project rather than starting it); 4 + Fe means this INFJ is much more open about their feelings and in discussing them as things happen, and fearful they will not be loved for themselves.
ENFJ: charismatic and eccentric, may be a natural trend-setter… and annoyed by it, prone to a melancholic view of the world, with much emphasis on their NiSe sense of fashion, design, taste, or ideas; the desire to connect to others but also remain different from them; believes there is something ‘wrong’ with them that cannot be fixed; over-focus on negativity and elitism. Inferior Ti makes them reluctant to step away from, or admit their emotions may be too intense for the situation.
ESFP: will express a dramatic sense of self through fashion and/or sensory hobbies and pursuits, with Fi working with 4 to exaggerate a sense of uniqueness / being true to oneself; due to extroversion, wants to be noticed and appreciated but also feels different from other people, and may drive them away with intense emotional outbursts and destructive behavior (Te being prone to bluntness). Good at finishing their creative projects (tert Te) but may be more idealistic with inferior Ni than is usual for ESFPs.
ISFP: sensitive, passionate, emotional (though they may not say it, they will act on it) and with a sense of never belonging; strong need to use aesthetics to self-present / differ from others, often a snobbish sense of good taste and/or money spent on extravagances; usually channels their creativity into art, dance, music, etc., as a method of self-expression; will suffer for their art, cannot do without suffering or feeling it. Prone to intense, melancholic Ni loops, where they fixate on a dark vision for the future.
ENFP: more sensitive, melodramatic, and melancholy than other ENFPs, but also more driven to implement their idealizations into reality through tert-Te; often dramatic and attention-seeking, will go out of their way to be different as a protective stance against their fears of being broken; has more trouble with inferior Si, in that the ENFP-4 who falls into the grip may become HIGHLY depressed / full of guilt and shame over past mistakes and relationship failures; prone to self-doubt and an intense need to have all their ideas and projects be unique from their peers. Only happy when able to express emotions through their art, often hot-tempered and prone to blasting people with Te.
INFP: melodramatic, easily insulted, and highly individual, the 4 enhances all the natural traits of the INFP to hyper-levels: intense, melodramatic emotions (and more openness in expressing them than other INFPs), high levels of creativity (and extreme sensitivity toward criticism of their hobbies, crafts, writing, costuming, taste in books, etc), a tendency to wax melancholic about the past and fixate on former mistakes, will suffer for their art, cannot do without suffering, and idealize romantic interests (while inferior Te struggles to keep momentum going in any project that does not ‘emotionally resonate’ with Fi).