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Learn More About Enneagram Type 5’s

December 23, 2023

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Enneagram Type Fives have a strong desire for knowledge, a deep need for privacy and a strong tendency to sit back and observe and analyze the world around them. They often feel safest in their minds and find joy in researching and analyzing topics.

Fives often avoid stressful and uncomfortable emotional content by focusing on the situations intellectual, factual aspects. For example, they feel more comfortable problem solving and asking questions to gather information, than they do exchanging empathy or expressing emotions.

Fives are the true “knowledge gatherers” of the Enneagram. They focus on mastering a few certain topics, and yet, never feel like they truly have mastered anything. There’s a certain scarcity that can be found here — a belief that they will never know enough. This scarcity can also be translated into other parts of their life — feeling a strong need to preserve all of their resources (including both internal resources like time and energy, as well as external resources, like money and materials).

Key Characteristics of Enneagram Type Fives:

  • Intellectual and Observant: Enneagram Fives are often seen as highly intellectual, curious, and analytical. They enjoy exploring ideas and gathering information. They prefer to sit back and observe others in social situations, rather than feel the need to make deep connection.
  • Need for Privacy: Fives value their independence and privacy, and they often withdraw from others when they need to process information or recharge. Strongly dislike feeling pressured to share too much information, especially about themselves.
  • Detached and Objective: Type Fives can seem withdrawn and reserved. They prefer to maintain a sense of detachment in order to sustain their energy levels and to allow themselves space to objectively analyze situations. They often hold back from contributing in groups because they fear that they don’t know enough and/or don’t feel comfortable sharing — this can come off to others as being guarded, disengaged and/or uninterested in the people around them.

Type Five Core Fear:

Being incompetent, incapable or invaded in some way. They are often concerned with whether or not they will have the resources to meet the challenges of the world (both internal resources like time and energy, as well as external resources, like money and materials). They can easily feel overwhelmed by the demands of the external world.

Type Five Core Desire:

To be competent, capable and be self-sufficient. They seek to understand the world around them and have a strong desire to be self-sufficient, knowledgeable and capable.

Core Differentiator for Type Fives (What Makes Them Unique) :

Fives have a unique ability and understanding of their energy hyperawareness and management. They often hoard knowledge and resources as a way of feeling secure and capable. They often struggle with sharing their knowledge and energy with others.

Common Thoughts of Enneagram Type Fives:

  • Sometimes people feel like I’m aloof or disengaged when I’m really just trying to observe and understand what’s going on
  • I’m a highly private person and do not like it when people push me to share more than I want, especially when it’s about me.
  • I’m not an emotional person. I prefer to relate to others with facts, information and knowledge
  • I often notice myself pondering existential theories or getting lost in mental concepts
  • People sometimes think I’m low energy, when really, I’m just trying to preserve my energy so I don’t feel depleted at the end of the day

Growth Path for Enneagram Fives:

Growth for Enneagram Fives often means learning how to engage with others & the world more fully, being more trusting of others, and recognizing that they can contribute meaningfully with the knowledge and insights they already have. It’s also super helpful for Fives to set limits on information intake and analysis. Allow yourself to take up space and share your thoughts and opinions before you feel ready. And don’t forget to allow yourself to be a beginner at something – real growth happens when you let yourself try something new, outside of your comfort zone, and feel no pressure to master it.



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This workshop is so much more accurate than taking a free test! I’ll be diving into the nuances of each Enneagram type and providing easy to understand exercises & examples to help you discover the type that fits you the most accurately. 

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