Sunday, September 21, 2014

Enneagram Personality Type 5

September 21, 2014
Day 144

The silent observer.  Those three words are enough to help most Enneagram Fives identify themselves right off the bat.

The Enneagram 5 enjoys studying life and people as if he or she is a sponge on hire to an alien race, determined to note everything they can for a report they'll file later.

Fives listen very, very carefully at a social gathering, and they seem to be constantly thinking, thinking, thinking their way through every conversation, exchange, and experience.

Of the Fives I've known, all have been smart and clever in equal measure.  They know they're quieter than most others, but they're happy to be so, because the less they're called on to speak, the more they can listen to what others say.  Some Fives can use their knowledge and observation skills against others, but most are just happy to listen and learn without judgment or motive.

In the Winnie The Pooh stories, Owl is the Five.  He watches quietly, sometimes from a distance, but his silent observation skills help him share wisdom and thoughtful advice with others.

Famous Enneagram Fives include Tim Burton, Albert Einstein, Joyce Carol Oates, Agatha Christie, Ralph Fiennes, Anthony Hopkins, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and The Buddha.

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