Enneagram Type 5

Enneagram Type 5 - The Investigator, The Observer - they are innovative, private, and analytical, while they fear being helpless or incompetent, and not having knowledge. 

Enneagram Type 5 symbolic animal - the owl.

They are exemplified by the owl - wise, observing, silent, and detached.

They tend to focus on their thoughts.  They are highly motivated to be knowledgeable.

At their best....

Type 5s are life's thinkers.  They are perceptive, thoughtful, and objective.

They are natural problem-solvers with a notable ability to observe detail and come up with innovative new ways of thinking about things.

They are highly respectful of personal boundaries, and allow others the space to be themselves.

They have the ability to bring clarity and wisdom to the present moment.

Patterns that might cause problems....

Enneagram Type 5s might have noticed that they:

  • withdraw from situations where demands are placed upon them
  • minimise their personal needs, and preserve their energy
  • are reluctant to speak if they don't know enough about a given topic
  • spend more time speculating and analysing than actually doing anything

They use these behaviours in an effort to maintain their sense of competency.

Type 5s may eventually come to realise that their detachment is creating the opposite effect and causing more problems instead.

A desire to break free from these patterns of behaviour is the first step for those who are dominant in Enneagram Type 5 to turn their lives around, and reorient themselves towards their soul's true intention.

How do I know if I'm a Type 5?

Multiple choice quiz

Taking an Enneagram test will give you an indication of what your dominant type MIGHT be, but it cannot give you a definitive answer. 

Some people can spot their dominant type straight away just by reading a description.  Others may take some time to work out which description fits best.

My advice is to start by looking at the motivation for each type. 

Type 5s are motivated by the desire to be knowledgeable, to be capable, to be competent.

Which of the 9 motivations is most important to you?

EFT Tapping for Enneagram Type 5

Look for specific events where you felt overwhelmed, or intruded upon, by your caregivers.

How did you learn that it was important to not want nurturing or emotional connection?

Remember! - EFT Tapping is extremely powerful and can uncover intense emotions very quickly. 

If you know or suspect that there are unsettling or traumatic events in your past, do not use EFT without the assistance of a suitably qualified practitioner.

Tapping Affirmation for Enneagram Type 5

I release my need to avoid my life by escaping into my mind.

Mindful Meditation for Enneagram Type 5

I can reorient myself towards my DiamondFire when I:

STOP needing to gather knowledge and expertise

START to experience the inner knowing that arises from Being


Quick List
Enneagram Motivations

Type 1 - to be good

Type 2 - to be appreciated

Type 3 - to be successful

Type 4 - to be unique

Type 5 - to be knowledgeable

Type 6 - to be prepared

Type 7 - to be free

Type 8 - to be self-reliant

Type 9 - to be at peace