Understanding the type 5 personality


”I am objective and like thinking, I want to know things work, but, I also need my own space and may seem a little introverted or socially uncomfortable”

They are in the Thinking Group and are perceptive, original, detached, and eccentric, they are concerned with abstract understanding and expert knowledge. Positively, the potential for curiosity, perceptiveness, the acquisition of knowledge, inventive originality, and technical expertise.  Negatively, the potential for speculative theorising, emotional detachment, eccentricity, social isolation, and mental distortions.


Typical therapy needs

The idea of therapy normally does not appeal to them, as they feel they can research it and sort it out themselves!  However, they grow enormously as they learn that the mind and emotions are not logical and don’t follow rational Newtonian rules. Understanding how other people think and act allows them to ‘pitch’ their ideas more effectively and buys them more time and resources to think. Help overcoming social phobias and anxiety when time scales are too short or when high levels of change are imminent. Helping them to feel comfortable ‘just being’ in the moment and to occasionally escape from their shells. Stopping their fear of being violated or overwhelmed by others.

Addictions: Poor eating and sleeping habits due to minimizing needs. Neglecting hygiene and nutrition. Lack of physical activity. Psychotropic drugs for mental stimulation and escape, narcotics for anxiety.

Enneagram type 5 wing personalities:

Enneagram type 5 with a 4 wing is called the Iconoclast – unconventional, offbeat, shamanic, penetrating

Enneagram type 5 with a 6 wing is called the Trouble Shooter or Thinker – dry, intellectual, proficient, self-contained

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