Enneagram 5

Today, let’s check out an overview of Enneagram 5, commonly called The Investigator.  Click for a closer look!

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5’s have a great need to figure out the puzzles of life, both to make sense of things, but also to be sure of themselves. The Investigator is located in the “head” section of the Enneagram, which brings a focus on thinking and analysis, but also on fear. Each “head” type (5, 6 and 7) has a distinct fear focus, which for a 5 is centered on the outside world. 5’s are most comfortable in their own minds, where they can sift information, analyze facts and come to conclusions– the outside world however, does not offer such solace.  5’s I have interviewed described this fear in terms of needing to be absolutely sure of their ideas, thoughts or skills before sharing them with others.  Whether it’s decades of learning an instrument behind closed doors, before they feel able to step onto a stage, or withholding an idea at a staff meeting because they believe it’s “not ready yet”. Observation is another word that is often used to describe a 5’s stance on learning, and attitude towards social constructs.

5’s can be true trail blazing visionaries when they are health-focused, because of the analytical capabilities of their minds, and their lack of concern for cultural expectations. Their true downfall is in the self sabotage of holding themselves, and their minds at bay– out of the reach of the world. When very unhealthy, 5’s tend to have less and less of a grasp on reality, and the potential for their ideas to apply to it. Usually bouncing erratically from thought to thought, and unable to make progress in any one area, unhealthy 5’s end up frustrated and misunderstood.

Investigators are often misunderstood for their puzzle solving and strong desire to understand the way things work, because they can go on when fascinated.  This can vary between a feeling of musing to one of digging, but 5’s do seem to be always thinking and present in their inner dialogue about the world around them (as a way of battling their fear of it).

If you have questions about Enneagram 5, feel free to leave them below! Otherwise, be on the lookout for Instincts of 5 in the next few days!

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Enneagram 5

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