Fours are deeply authentic, desiring nothing more than to express themselves and be seen for who they are. These are the sensitive, often dramatic and artistic people of the world. Fours are highly creative, with a vivid fantasy life. They have to be careful, though, not to get so lost in fantasy that they neglect to take action on their dreams. This type has a tendency to focus on being special or different to the extent that they view themselves as outsiders and unconsciously alienate themselves from others. In order to avoid these pitfalls, fours can focus less on a fixed expression of the “true self,” and more on living in the flow of experience, putting discipline behind their dreams to create something truly unique.
The Heart: Frida Kahlo in Paris
Artist Frida Kahlo traveled to France in 1939, after learning from her husband Diego Rivera that he intended to divorce her. This first and only trip to Europe marked the beginning of a period of Kahlo’s life when she was enjoying independent success. In Paris, Kahlo spent time with her contemporaries, including Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar. Find out more about this fascinating but overlooked period in the artist’s history.
As Fours tend to have vivid imaginations, why not enjoy a fairy tale? Oyeyemi’s latest novel plays on the theme of gingerbread. Harriet Lee and her daughter Perdita have a family recipe for it that comes from Harriet’s far-off childhood home of Druhastrana. As a teenager decades later, Perdita sets out to find Harriet’s close childhood friend from that place, and finds other versions of her mother’s story.
You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass)
Fours have lots of creative ideas, but sometimes struggle to make them happen. Why? McHargue explains why we so often don’t follow through on our best intentions. Science has shown that we’re not totally in control of our own thoughts and decisions: a whole bunch of competing impulses, emotions, and environmental factors play into our choices. Ultimately, even the “negative” emotions are key to thriving, and there is a path to self-understanding that can help us do better.