What Are Rihanna’s Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Types?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on February 19, 2021

Once a singer known for her catchy pop tracks, Rihanna has blossomed over the course of her career into a trendsetting fashion and beauty mogul as well. She plays by her own rules and isn’t afraid to go against the grain in her style and career choices. “I don’t do things for response or controversy,” she has said. “I just live my life.”

Based on her wildly individualistic personality, Rihanna is an Enneagram Type Four and Myers-Briggs’ ISFP. Here’s more about her bold personality. 

Rihanna’s Enneagram: Type 4: The Individualist 

Enneagram Fours march to the beat of their own drum and don’t cave to pressure; fans have been begging for Rihanna’s next album for five years, but she is in no rush. A daring fashion icon, she also starts trends and never follows them -- from her oversize silhouettes to bright, monochromatic jewel tones. She even pioneered a first-of-its-kind, ultra-inclusive makeup line for all skin colors. Talk about embracing individuality! 

Outwardly: Spotting the Four
  • Unique: Especially in appearance, they tend to stand out from the crowd. Highly individualistic about their sense of style. Rihanna has often been lauded for her fashion sense, and is an award-winning designer. 
  • Artistic: Enneagram Fours often have passions that encourage creativity and self-expression. Rihanna has talked about how her mood influences her art. “Whatever I'm feeling, whatever I'm going through, whatever mood I'm in,” she’s said. “If I'm feeling like dancing or clubbing, then it will be reflected in the music. If I'm feeling dark and vulnerable, then it will reflect in the music, too.”
  • Compassionate: Fours tend to be understanding of others’ quirks and flaws, and empathetic toward their struggles. They respect vulnerability in all its forms. “It’s tougher to be vulnerable than to actually be tough,” she’s said in the past. 
  • Quirky: Fours often have an offbeat personality and sense of humor, both of which endear them to friends. Rihanna has said people noted how her image has 
  • Reluctant: They may take time to open up to others, and fear not being accepted as their true selves. Rihanna has shared how the hectic nature of her lifestyle has made her reluctant to start relationships, leading to loneliness.
Inwardly: Four Values of the Four
  • Authenticity: Fours pride themselves on being real, and expressing themselves as authentically as possible through their words and actions.
  • Self-Actualization: Fours always want to grow deeper in their understanding of themselves to maximize growth. In 2019, Rihanna noted, “I’m definitely feeling a shift,” she says. “I’m growing up. There’s things that I’m paying attention to that I’ve never paid attention to.” 
  • Innovation: Fours love breaking the mold. They do not like to do things the way they’ve always been done, and would rather try to improve upon existing practices. 
  • Emotional Expression: Fours want to be free to share their innermost selves. Rihanna has talked about how she does this through her music, and will continue that trend on her latest album.

TypeFinder ISFP: The Composer

I: Introverted

From her album releases to her personal life, Rihanna keeps things close to the chest -- and always keeps fans guessing. Like many introverts, she can be hard to get to know. She’s said that many people have ideas of her that don’t match up with reality, and has expressed how much she likes her solitude among crowds in London. “When I walk into those places, I am invisible. And nothing makes me feel better than being invisible.”

S: Sensing

With a keen eye for fashion and trendsetting, and her talent as a performer, Rihanna is at home in the physical world. She lives in the moment, and thrives in the unknown.  

F: Feeling

Rihanna is empathetic, with a heart for humanitarian causes. She regularly uses her platform for good; her foundation, for instance, donated $5M to coronavirus relief just after the pandemic began last year. She is guided by her feelings, not logic.

P: Perceiving 

Rihanna is adaptable and ever-evolving, embracing change and refusing to remain stagnant. She’s gone from pop singer to fashion and beauty mogul over the course of her long career. When an interviewer once confessed she hadn’t prepared to meet Rihanna and was “winging it,” the entertainer had a smile and a simple reply: “Aren’t we all?”

ISFP Cognitive Functions 

Fi: Internally-guided, this type knows their own feelings and behaves authentically. Like Rihanna, they are stubborn in their beliefs, sometimes defend the contrarian view, and can’t easily be coerced into doing something they don’t want to do.

Se: This type tends to be most comfortable creatively expressing their deep feelings through physical mediums -- whether that’s immortalized in song, or creating a tangible piece of art. 

Ni: In tandem with their heart, ISFPs like Rihanna also feel guided by their introverted intuition -- mapping the right steps forward. “I always believed that when you follow your heart or your gut, when you really follow the things that feel great to you, you can never lose, because settling is the worst feeling in the world,” Rihanna has said.

Te: ISFP types like Rihanna may struggle being assertive and direct, or creating a step-by-step plan into the future.

Fast Facts about ISFPs

  • 9% of the general population, 10% of women, 8% of men
  • In essays, project themselves the fewest number of years into the future of all types
  • Most likely to report stress over finances and children
  • Score high on this trait: Easygoing
  • In college, report low levels of assertiveness
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Jenna Birch is a content and brand strategist for startups, entrepreneurs and VCs. Before moving into consulting, she was a prolific journalist for national magazines and websites, and author of The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life & Love (Grand Central Publishing). Her work has been published in The Washington Post, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, HuffPost, and more. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI with her EXTP fiancé and the best pup around, Ollie.

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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.


imane (not verified) says...

I don't think Rihanna is not a 4, she's likely a 9w8. I been following her for over a decade and her core desire has always undoubtley been comfort, and what always motivated her was comfort. It's not authenticity and individualism. It's the persona or the front she has because she's known as a fashionista and a rebel-"badgalriri", It's very surface level to type her based on her persona.

and for some reason people think 9s can't be into fashion, and forget that 9w8 are rebellious and Want to look tough. I can personally attest as a 9w8 that I love fashion, but I'm still 100% a 9 who desire peace and seek comfort above all else. This is just my take as someone who followed her closely for a long time. I used to briefly thought she was a 3 but I've been convinced that she's a well integrated 9. I'm confident she's a 9w8.

imane (not verified) says...

but if we have to look more into her public image/persona, i guess we should look at the stereotypes as well and beside Rihanna being a fashionista and the "badgalriri", she's a famous stoner who live and breathe marijuanna. She's edgy alright but she embraces the peaceful and numbing aspect of life and take enormous pride in being from the caribbeans, where the peaceful tropical islands are at and where the reggae genre originate (which is one of Rihanna biggest musical influences!), and if we look at the negative side of her public image, she's known for being lazy, stubborn and judgemental. 

Alicia Melina (not verified) says...

Very true. Or an Eight?

itslani.04 (not verified) says...

I have to disagree with that. I read that 9w8 people are assertive. and Rihanna's true personality isn't very assertive or confident. In real life, she's quiet and insecure. But her persona is very confident and rebellious. 

I also read that this type is "social, independent, and routine in their behavior". Yea that's definitely not true for Rihanna. It would be a crime to call Rihanna an extrovert. She is highly introverted.

“I'm so shy,” she says, “I don't even want you to know I'm shy.” - Rihanna in 2019.

Lucas P (not verified) says...

Going off what Imane was saying, I agree that she is portrayed as this fashionista, edgy and chill person. But she is just at peace and is doing what she loves. She has become this iconic celebrity who has inspired millions of people. 

Jackson Joseph Briggs (not verified) says...

I love Rihanna! She's such an iconic singer and fashion icon! 

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Rihanna is my favorite, it is a well-written article about her.

Michelle Clarkson (not verified) says...

Rihanna just gave birth to a baby boy! I hope she's doing good now. 

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Kelly Peters (not verified) says...

I always see compassion in her eyes. Glad to know her personality traits!

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One of the best artists that I look up to. She's very inspiring. 

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