Core Sins: ENVY and TYPE FOUR – Study and Notes 1

This is just a resource as I post my discoveries, research and links to figuring out how to deal with my core sin, or signature sin, as we have been going through our Welcome Home series @SandalsChurch, and to share these with friends who have similarities, or if you want to look into your own core sin further. First of all: Start with Scripture! Prepare to have your mind blown…

Using this page on the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs (Personality test), skimming through this book by Richard Rohr, The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective, Monvee, a very helpful spiritual assesment tool, that I found via John Ortberg’s The Me I Want to Be, and a bit of discerning googling, and the Signature sins as outlined by Pastor Matt Brown on Sunday:

  1. Anger – the need to be perfect
  2. Pride – the need to be needed
  3. Lying – the need to succeed
  4. Envy – the need to be unique
  5. Greed – the need to possess
  6. Fear – the need for security
  7. Gluttony – the need to avoid pain
  8. Lust – the need to conquer
  9. Laziness – the need to avoid

I’m an ENFP/ESFP…and I have the need to be unique..which lands me at Type Four, which the first link above calls the Romantic/Artist. I had no idea I had Envy….no idea until I took the Monvee and read the chapter on Type Fours in Richard Rohr’s book.  There are parts of Seven and Threes that I relate to as well.

START HERE if you want to know more about what the Enneagram is:

and here – FAQ

TYPE FOUR – For more info about FOURS

Romantic/Artist – Intuitive, reserved type. Self-aware, sensitive, introspective, and gentle. Individualistic, expressive, and personal, but can also be too moody and self-conscious. They dwell in their fantasies, feeling different, melancholy, and exempt from ordinary ways of living. Become impractical, self-indulgent, and self-pitying; problems with self-inhibition.

Examples: Calista Flockhart, Wynona Ryder, (from

Type Four: The Individualist
The Sensitive, Introspective Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of living. They typically have problems with melancholy, self-indulgence, and self-pity. At their Best: inspired and highly creative, they are able to renew themselves and transform their experiences.

For a longer description of a FOUR read this: It’s fascinating!

Personal growth for FOURS:

Additional Enneagram Assessment Online Tools – (Use your discernment)

Read the rest of the series of 3 posts:
2: Defining Envy – Word study and Scriptures

3: Connections – from one sin to another


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Nancy Davis Smith says:

    Just found your site and you have inspired, encouraged and motivated me! God has commanded me to “get outta the boat and walk on water” and , as a fellow four, I would much rather dream about doing it, but no, God says “DO IT!” So, I’m a little scared and overwhelmed, but I’m ready and willing to OBEY. The water walking involves me relocating to Tupelo, MS. If you know anyone there, let me know! Thanks for your site.

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