Enneagram Type 5

The Investigator

The Investigator

Enneagram Type 5s belong to the Thinking Centre and are motivated by the security of having knowledge, wisdom and being in the know. They see themselves as objective, introspective, seekers of knowledge and dispassionate observers. It would be a stereotype to consider that all Fives are book worms because this is not true. Perhaps an understanding of their underlying fear would allow us to understand their motivations. That said, they believe that because of their detached manner of approaching the world, they acquired a superior ability to grasp the intricacies of life and its interconnectedness with factors most of us do not normally think about. Their inquisitive nature mixed with a calm observance of how things flow allow them to connect the dots, articulate theories and explain them with principles they have gleaned from either reading, experiencing or observing.

Early Childhood of Enneagram Type 5

Early Childhood

Many Type 5 children can attest to the fact that they received no meaningful interaction, emotional connection, or much affection from caregivers. Conversely, there is a possibility that the child had over-bearing parent(s) and felt invaded by way of their space or in their communication. The child then put up a mask (their defence) that came in the form of avoidance and keeping quiet where there was intrusion. They built their own imaginary wall and retreated into their own mental space where they formed their own opinions and found ways to understand events outside their mind. Hence, 5s trusted information.

Also read about Enneagram 6 and Enneagram 7

Enneagram Type 6

Strengths of the Enneagram Type 5

Limitations of Enneagram Type 5

Any type becomes Unresourceful when they begin to over-do some of the thoughts and behaviours that are typical of the type.

Reflections for the Enneagram Type 5

Subtypes for the Type Enneagram 5

Known as The Castle Defender and their Vulnerabilities / Vices is Home or Castle. They retreat from the world for sanctuary, safety, and renewal. They are hoarders as they need to protect everything that is within their boundaries.

Known as The Secret Agent and their Vulnerabilities / Vices is Confidence. They are very passionate about that one person, who is carefully selected, but there can be a secretive quality to preserve autonomy

Known as The Professor and their Vulnerabilities / Vices is Totem or Symbols. They have a hunger for knowledge, mastery of language, and group symbols, looking for the ultimate meaning, then sharing the knowledge in a social role.

Read more on the 27 Sub Types here.

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