Art according to your Enneagram: Week II

Luke Spicer, A&E Editor

Welcome to another round of recommendations in the world of music and movies based upon your Enneagram type.

If you didn’t catch the first edition, or just need a refresher, this is part two of a three-part series wherein you’ll receive suggestions from yours truly about songs and films to fill your free time.

In today’s edition, we will cover enneagram types four, five and six.

Let’s get to it.

Type 4: The Individualist

Described by the Enneagram Institute as “self-aware, sensitive and reserved,” fours are “emotionally honest, creative and personal, but can also be moody and self-conscious.”

As a four myself, I find that I agree with that description, but also as a four, I must fulfill my own desire for individuality, so I also reject that description.

In all seriousness, my fellow fours, we are no strangers to exploring the avant-garde and emotionally deep wells within ourselves and the art we experience. Here are some music and films that I feel best express who we are:

1. “Sound and Vision” by David Bowie — A true up-beat groove made by a true four, Bowie’s slick production and unique instrumentation on this track set it apart from the disco that defined its era. As Bowie asks, “Don’t you wonder sometimes about Sound and Vision,” fours can relate to the desire to wonder about the big, and sometimes strange, questions of life.

2. “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” by Tame Impala — As fours are wont to do, Impala’s catchy but somber synth-pop-infused track focuses on personal romantic reflection in the face of changing life circumstances. Being a four sometimes means breaking free from the shackles of our past, and Impala’s own experience accurately captures the anxieties and insecurities associated with moving on.

3. “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova — A song about falling in love, simply. All fours have their own powerful personal experiences with love: the joys, the heartaches, the laughter and the tears; all of these are present in this song.

4. Once — A somewhat true-to-life movie about an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant struggling to record an album and falling in love during the process set in the overcrowded streets of Dublin. If you aren’t hooked already by that description, then I am afraid you aren’t a four.

5. The Brothers Bloom — Directed by the Knives Out and The Last Jedi mastermind, Rian Johnson’s quirky take on the heist genre is filled with fun for any four. Featuring protagonists that take themselves too seriously, ridiculous hijinks, and a poignant emotional punch, fours will find enjoyment throughout.

6. Marriage Story — A true tear-jerker, this story of divorce portrays the brutal intricacies and frustrating heartaches that accompany the severing of romance. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johannson’s performances sell their characters own plights so well that any viewer, especially a four, will identify with them and understand.

Type 5: The Investigator

The ever-thinking and contemplating type five is described by the Enneagram Institute as “alert, insightful and curious,” able to “concentrate and focus on developing complex ideas and skills.”

Fives always have a handle on the big picture and constantly put their brains hard at work to analyze and solve complex problems.

Within the world of music and film, fives find great pleasure in art that challenges the mind and soul to contemplate challenging concepts. Enjoy some recommendations to help you further engage your intellect:

1. “Echoes” by Pink Floyd — Heavily cerebral and mystifying, Pink Floyd’s first true foray into pioneering the psychedelic rock style is a nearly half-hour long track filled with spacious guitar riffs, distorted samples, and lyrics so complex that any five would enjoy breaking down to ascertain their meaning.

2. “The Eraser” by Thom Yorke — Filled with sampled strung-out piano chords and cold drum machines, Yorke’s soaring falsettos on this track spell out the experience of trying to break away from unhealthy relationships, approached in true five fashion with its complex and unconventional instrumentation.

3. “Nowhere Man” by the Beatles — The tale of the “nowhere man,” one who is stuck in his head, constantly contemplating so much that he misses out on the wonderful experiences of life. With catchy harmonies from John, Paul and George, this tune is a helpful reminder for any five that it’s okay to live in the moment sometimes.

4. Eraserhead — David Lynch’s feature debut, filled with surrealist imagery and concepts so strange, any five would find great joy in unpacking and trying to understand the incredibly complex portrait Lynch creates in this classic.

5. Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 — Both the original classic and its modern-day sequel are excellent delves into the soul-searching questions of what it means to be human in an increasingly industrialized world. Fives will find these two films more than sufficient intellectual endeavours to exercise their brains.

6. I’m Thinking of Ending Things — Noah Baumbach’s most recent film explores the truly strange and sometimes unsettling relationship between memory and age in a beautiful but mystifying context. In their attempt to ascertain the meaning of certain aspects of the movie, fives will appreciate the intellectual exercise of this cinematic journey.

Type 6: The Loyalist

As the Enneagram Institute so aptly puts it, sixes are “reliable, hard-working, responsible and trustworthy,” well-suited to “foresee problems and foster cooperation.” Sixes are able to build and maintain long-lasting relationships, consistently demonstrating care and an attention to detail that is second-to-none.

My roommate is a six, and I am so much better for it. He always amazes me with his motivation in his work, while still finding the time to be silly and sincerely supportive of others.

For him, and all the other sixes out there, I offer some suggestions for your pleasure:

1. “Paranoid Android” by Radiohead — At their worst moments, sixes can struggle with anxieties about the uncontrollable aspects of their lives. Radiohead’s wild baroque-like ballad explores this paranoid state that sometimes overtakes struggling sixes.

2. “Instant Crush” by Daft Punk (Featuring Julian Casablancas) — Part-disco-dance and part-hypnotic hyperballad, Daft Punk and Casablanca’s collaboration results in a story of a six trying to facilitate and restore love in their life. Replete with self-assurances and calls for reconciliation, this tune should attract any six.

3. “I Know the End” by Phoebe Bridgers — A soul-wrenching sonic journey wherein reflections on the joys and tears of dating and the stresses of maintaining relationships produce a constantly building anthem that climaxes in an out-of-control outro any six will find themselves thrashing to in the most cathartic sense.

4. Good Will Hunting — Now considered a classic, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s screenplay presents Will Hunting’s struggle to find meaning as he battles against any six’s worst nightmare: themselves. This film captures the constant war against one’s own inner demons so well, any six will relate.

5. Jojo Rabbit — Taika Waititi’s fantastic feature centered on the spiritual journey of a young boy overcoming his preconceived prejudices balances both humorous hijinks and heartwarming moments, despite being set in the horrors of Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Sixes will relate to the sincere simplicity in which young Jojo understands the world and how much his experiences change him.

6. Midsommar — Director Ari Aster’s beautifully terrifying film can be bewildering and deeply unsettling for any viewer. Underneath its horrific exterior, however, is a story of a six learning to let go of her attachment to toxic relationships that do far more harm than good. If you can stomach it, sixes will experience a relatable story that prompts self-reflection on the relationships that they work so hard to maintain.

That’ll do it for part two of this ongoing series. Come back next week for the final installment where types seven, eight and nine will receive their recommendations from yours truly.


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