Articles - Type 5
  • Type 5

    by Published on 08-30-2011 10:06 AM

    Some people see the world as dangerous, and some see it as safe. Some see it as just or unjust. Nevertheless, we all live in the same world. Elements of our personality color our views, and human perception is little more than an inkblot test. One purpose of the Enneagram of Personality is to describe the various lenses that distort our perception of the world. If you believe that the world is ultimately cut off from you, that you must be competent, and that the objective of life is to sustain, then you might be:

    (Also known as “The Observer”)
    by timeless

    I. Introduction to the Enneagram of Personality

    The Enneagram of Personality is a personality classification system comprised of nine types. Each one of these nine types represents a distinct set of motivations, fears, desires and virtues. This article (and the other articles in this series) are designed to present each of the ...
    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:39 PM

    profound vision
    objective insight
    innovative exploration

    comprehensive knowledge
    intense preoccupation
    cynical argumentation

    eccentric nihilism
    phobic delirium
    psychotic paralysis

    Type five people care more than most about the inner workings of things. They can become trapped by a compulsion to figure things out. One of their talents is an intuitive ability to directly perceive the structure of reality

    Except in rare cases, people of type five show a flavoring from one of the two adjacent wing points, so we can say they are five with a four wing (5/4) or five with a six wing (5/6).

    Like all humans, fives also come in three instinctual flavors: social (5sc), sexual (5sx), or self-preserving (5sp). In addition, fives also experience nine distinct levels of mental-emotional health (briefly described by the phrases at the top of this page). Therefore, it is possible to distinguish fifty-four
    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:39 PM

    • Learn to notice when your thinking and speculating takes you out of the immediacy of your experience. Your mental capacities can be an extraordinary gift, but only can also be a trap when you use them to retreat from contact with yourself and others. Stay connected with your physicality.
    • You tend to be extremely intense and so high-strung that you find it difficult to relax and unwind. Make an effort to learn to calm down in a healthy way, without drugs or alcohol. Exercising or using biofeedback techniques will help channel some of your tremendous nervous energy. Meditation, jogging, yoga, and dancing are especially helpful for your type.
    • You see many possibilities but often do not know how to choose among them or judge which is more or less important. When you are caught in your fixation, a
    by Published on 06-01-2011 06:38 PM

    An Overview of the Five (pg 135)

    The connection between genius and madness has long been debated. These two states are really poles apart, the opposite ends of the personality spectrum. The genius is somone who fuses knowledge with insight into the nature of the world, someone who has the ability to see things with utter clarity and awe-inspiring comprehension. What separates the genius from the madman is that the genius, in addition to extraordinary insights, has the ability to see them correctly, within their context. The genius perceives patterns which are actually present - whereas the madman imposes patterns, projecting an erroneous idea onto every circumstance. The genius may sometimes seem to be out of touch with reality, but only because he or she operates at a more profound level. The madman, however, is truly out of touch with reality having nothing but delusions to substitute for it.
    The Five is the personality type which most exemplifies these extremes. ...

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