Overview

Enneagram Type Five, often referred to as "The Investigator," or "The Observer," has a personality type characterized by a deep thirst for knowledge, a desire for self-sufficiency, and a tendency to withdraw into their inner world. Fives are analytical and introspective, valuing their independence and privacy.

Fives tend to be highly curious individuals and enjoy delving into complex topics and ideas. They are often seen as experts in their chosen fields and are known for their problem-solving abilities. They are pioneers and visionaries, charting new pathways for others to follow. With their keen ability to observe, they can be perceived as reserved or detached.

Fives may be cautious and selective in forming deep connections, as they tend to like alone time to recharge and find excessive emotional demands from others overwhelming. They value their personal space and independence. They can struggle with expressing their emotions and engaging in social interaction. Typically Fives prefer speaking about topics they have explored in depth rather than revealing their personal life.

Paradoxically, as Type Fives learn to balance their desire for solitude and self-sufficiency with a willingness to engage more fully in the world and with others, they find a deeper connection with themselves and others as well as a greater sense of belonging. Then their remarkable capacity for intellectual depth, pioneering discoveries, and their deep curiosity and care become gifts readily shared with the world.

GIFTS

  • Perceptive Observed
  • Curious
  • Playful
  • Focused

AT MY BEST

  • Pioneering
  • Profound Insights
  • Unsentimental
  • In Awe of Life

AVERAGE BEHAVIORS

  • Retreat Into My Mind
  • Private
  • Detached
  • Secretive
  • Provocative
  • Minimize Needs

IMPACT ON OTHERS

    + Others are inspired by my vision and original thinking.

    - Others can feel demeaned by my intellectual arrogance.

Iceberg Model

What distinguishes one personality from another? The answer is the hidden motivations that shape behavior, thinking, and way of being. In the Enneagram Iceberg Model, this is represented by what’s below the surface.

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Type Movements

INTEGRATING YOUR POTENTIAL

You embody qualities of Type 8: The Challenger


WHEN YOU'RE FEELING OFF

You are helped by the qualities of Type 7: The Enthusiast

TYPE 5

Key Insight

You have a place in life. Your valued contributions include and transcend your mental knowledge. You have a tender, loveable heart, with the capacity to both deeply move and be deeply moved by others.

 

Still Curious About Type 5?

OUR TEAM CAN HELP YOU LEARN MORE.

In our Enneagram discovery sessions, you’ll work with a Deep Living Lab coach to get closer to your personality type – and set the foundation for going deeper.

 
 

Still Curious About Type 5?

OUR TEAM CAN HELP YOU LEARN MORE.

In our Enneagram discovery sessions, you’ll work with a Deep Living Lab coach to get closer to your personality type – and set the foundation for going deeper.

*Overview section is adapted from the Enneagram Inquiry Process™, created by Diana Redmond and Elizabeth Carrington and used with permission.Type models adapted from The Enneagram Iceberg Models in Deep Living with the Enneagram: Recovering Your True Nature, Roxanne Howe-Murphy and used with permission.