What's an Enneagram 5, and what does it mean to be an Investigator? Read all about the personality type shared by visionaries like Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Vincent Van Gogh.
Enneagram Type 5s are the intense, cerebral type. They're perceptive, insightful, curious, and innovative but can also tend to be isolated, secretive, and withdraw from social situations.
While they put most of their mental energy into developing complex ideas and skills, they can also become preoccupied with their own ideas, thoughts, and imaginary concepts. At times, they can become high-strung and intense. The Five's go-to vice is avarice, a.k.a. greed, not for wealth, but for time, space, and knowledge. At their best, they're intellectual and visionary pioneers who can see the world in a new and unique way.
The Five's basic desire is to be competent, while their basic fear is to be useless, helpless, and incapable.
Enneagram Type 5 with a 4-Wing: "The Iconoclast:" This is someone who is more in touch with their emotional side, similar to a Type 4.
Enneagram Type 5 with a 6-Wing: "The Problem Solver:" Much more in touch with their intellectual side, much like a Type 6. However, they're also more fear-driven.
Enneagram Fives' basic desire is to gain and possess knowledge, understand the world around them and have everything "figured out" so they can defend themselves from their environment and protect themselves from feeling inadequate or inept.
When under stress, a detached Five suddenly becomes hyperactive and scattered like a Type Seven. However, ambitious, detached Fives become more self-confident and decisive when moving toward growth, like a healthy Type 8.
Enneagram 5s have many positive qualities, many of which make them some of the world's top scholars and visionaries.
Healthy Fives confidently engage in life and are often knowledgeable, insightful, and empathetic. They are observant of the world around them and like to connect with lots of different kinds of people. They love bringing their ideas to the world and making it a better place.
Knowing one's own weaknesses is the key to healthy and sustainable growth. Be conscious of these weaknesses, and you'll be able to overcome them.
Unhealthy Fives can be eccentric, isolated, and out of touch with reality. They may look for security by eliminating connections to people and the world and retreating into their own minds. They may obsessively gather knowledge to escape feelings of insecurity and incompetence.
The Fives are some of the world's top scholars, investigators, artists, and visionaries. While this is always fun to imagine famous people with whom we share similarities, take these examples with a grain of salt. These are suggestions based on public perception of them and their works-- not their actual Enneagram analysis.
INTP and INTJ are the most common Myers-Briggs types among Enneagram Fives. Because so many Five traits lend themselves to introversion, thinking, and to some extent, Intuition (N), an INTP or INTJ would identify with many of the Five's traits. In many respects, Enneagram 5 can be somewhat of a hybrid between INTJ and INTP. Like these two types, Fives use their introversion and intuition to look beyond or beneath appearances to uncover deeper insights or truths.
The healthiest thing you can do is release the need to hoard time, space, and energy and move forward. Allow feelings and sensations, countering your instincts to conceal or suppress them. Move your feelings into actions. Learn and practice the difference between detachment and non-attachment, and notice how you compartmentalize your feelings and emotions.
Try to share or give more of yourself, and find support from others. People love you and care for you. If you don't have anyone you can confide in safely, join a support group that involves self-disclosure. Avoid withdrawing and withholding. It's important that you stay present and engaged with others, living in the "here and now." And don't f0rget to practice self-care and treat yourself every once in a while. Buy that one thing you've been eyeing for a long time.
Knowing yourself (or someone you love who's an Enneagram 5) can help move towards growth and personal achievement. It can also help you navigate inter-personal relationships and become a stronger spouse, parent, employee, and friend. So, do you think you're an Enneagram 5? Take an Enneagram Test and find out!