Type 5 (“The Investigator”)

The observer is the fifth personality type of the Enneagram theory, “Type 5”. Typically, type fives are alert, insightful, independent, innovative and curious.

They are referred to as “observers” or “investigators” because they concentrate on developing complexed ideas and skills. Due to this, however, type fives can become preoccupied with their thoughts and sometimes become highly-strung, intense and eccentric.

Type 5 with a 4 wing (5w4)

People with a Enneagram with a type five wing four (5w4) personality tend to identify more with the type five, but also share several traits with type four’s. These type fives tend to prefer to be alone to reflect and recharge and are often more emotional and self-expressive than other fives.

Type 5 with a 6 wing (5w6)

Similarly, people with Enneagram with a type five wing six (5w6) personality tend to identify more with the type five, but also share several traits with type six’s. These type fives tend to be practical and independent. They also tend to be more cooperative than other type fives.

Type 5 careers

As type fives love learning and are curious, they are best suited for careers that encourage continuous learning and skill development. Such careers include actuaries, researchers or roles in cybersecurity.

As type fives are more preoccupied on their own thoughts, they are unlikely to like roles that involve public speaking. These types of roles may include politicians, marketing directors, project managers or actors/actresses.

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