Enneagram Type 5’s Personality Pearl
As a type 5, my grain of sand is the head, the mind, fear and separation.
I am driven by my mind.
My mind is the centre of gravity for me.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t have a heart or a gut, it means that my heart and my gut instincts are always in service to my mind.
Thinking is my primary source of decision making and movement in life.
As a type 5 I value my mind because my mind is my place of escaping and coping with my fear.
Anxiety and fear seem almost ready all the time to take me and to make me feel contracted, therefore I use thinking to feel safer.
So, what do we mean by Enneagram Type 5 being a fear type?
Thinking is a way that I use to manage my fear and to channel it into something constructive.
It also gives me a way to separate myself from that which frightens me.
I’m trying to be separate from that which frightens me. My strategy in order to do this is through understanding.
My mind is like a laser. My mind focuses in and penetrates understanding in a deep way.
I’m not satisfied to just know something casually or lightly.
When I want to understand something I apply myself fully.
This is my way of coping with fear. I feel if I understand something it will alleviate my fear.
This is in fact how I am trying to keep safe.
I am trying to keep safe by using my mind by alleviating my fear and separating my self from threats.
Enneagram Type 5’s Key Words
As a type 5 I separate myself from people and I keep myself at a distance.
It is natural for me to prefer to observe rather than engage, so people might think of me as a hermit.
People might think I am aloof.
But what’s happening is that I need to watch first from a distance in order to understand, and I feel that when I finally do understand then I’ll feel safe enough to jump in and engage with life.
So I think a lot.
People might experience me as cold. It’s not true, but I’m checking to see whether I can trust you and whether you have a mind that I can connect to.
I’m deeply focused and my focus is very intense.
When I ask questions I ask them with intensity because I really am trying to understand.
I have a natural detachment in life.
I am watching, I am observing.
This is my way of studying and understanding.
I’m processing much of my life experience through my mind in this way.
I enjoy investigating something completely, analyzing, and this intensity that I have can make people feel anxious around me.
I do tend to live in a bit of an ivory tower, sometimes choosing fantasy or thinking as a safe place that I prefer instead of the real world, down here it feels frightening.
My mind is my safe haven.
I like being alone. I like solitude.
When I connect to people, I want to connect at the place of mind.
I’m really only going to enjoy connecting to you if we have a connection from mind to mind and understanding to understanding.
I am highly perceptive, and I am observing and watching in my attempt to understand.
Picture Enneagram Type 5…
If you look at my InnerLifeSkills cartoon, you will see my exclamation mark.
- I am interested and fascinated by things and I want to think about them.
- I want to think about them deeply and often.
- I far prefer living in my mind sometimes rather than living in the world.
My facial expression tends to be quite plain.
My face doesn’t easily express emotions, because I’m living so much in my mind, my face tends to be quite calm and cool.
You’re not going to see the busyness of my mind often because my body and my face are going to tend to show a stillness.
I’m sitting and observing, I’m not participating.
Type 5’s Lowest Expression
My stress point is type 7, which means that when I am at my worst, some of the destructive characteristics of type 7 show up in me.
What this looks like is that my mind becomes chaotic. My mind becomes my escape from pain and fear.
I’ve more fun in my mind than I have in the world.
When my mind accesses type 7, it is a world of naïve expression, it is chaotic wildness.
My mind just can’t wait to absorb as much information as possible and I love learning so much that I might be trapped in learning and not get a chance to really do soemthing with my knowledge.
Type 5’s Highest Expression
When I access the best of type 8, my secure point, I find courage and I learn to assert myself in the world.
I learn to channel my mind into the real world by growing confidence and my intensity starts to express itself.
- I can step up and speak.
- I can take my knowledge and my expertise and I can finally apply it and bring it to the world.
As a type 5 my growth is to learn to not just observe, but to climb in.
Like to learning to swim, I cannot learn by watching other people swim or by studying swimming. Eventually, I need to climb in the water.
As I grow to type 8, I climb in and I discover that my wisdom and my knowledge is worth sharing.
I have a lot to impart to others and I learn to connect to people without fear.
I step into my power and I give voice to my mind.
That is type 5.