The Investigator

People of this type are called “The Investigator” and behind this name stand very insightful, curious people who are always eager to learn new things and understand how things work and why they are the way they are. They can spend their entire life studying one single subject, going into the greatest depth to connect different kinds of information in order to bring new, fresh perspectives. They are very disciplined, appreciating solitude and mostly choosing to be in the observer position rather when participating.


It is important for you: 

to have the feeling of knowing

You do not feel good: 

when you are useless, uncompetitive, unable

Valuing self- sufficiency and their own autonomy, they tend to minimize their needs and hold the perspective that “If I do not ask anything from others, I hope they won’t ask anything of me.” Although the majority of people are not very interesting to them and they keep their conversations very minimal, once they find someone with whom they can share their knowledge they become very talkative.

People of this type have the underlying belief that to live in this world feels very unsafe. In order to get a sense of security they put their focus upon gaining more knowledge which they perceive as “If I understand how things work, I could feel secure”. This puts them on an endless journey of learning as many things as possible; however, no matter how much they knowledge or expertise they gain they still experience the same fear of feeling unsafe. While putting all of their focus on learning they tend to postpone their life, maintaining the thought “Once I completely understand and have mastered everything I need to know about life, then I will show up.” By putting all of their focus into understanding through gathering knowledge they miss the true life which is happening simply day-to-day. They tend to know a lot but have a hard time applying that knowledge in practice. Not feeling completely comfortable to operate in life and feeling constant lack of knowledge, they choose to isolate themselves from social interactions and hide from life, maintaining their own privacy.

People who have the dominant type “The Investigator” have a hard time expressing their emotions even though they experience them very intensively inside. They are very sensitive and it is essential for them to have some time to understand what they are experiencing. They rarely share their emotions with others and keep their needs to themselves. The Investigators tend to avoid other people who could influence the clarity of their mind. Often, they are worried that others may ask something of them which they cannot give. To avoid being seen as helpless and incompetent they often reject help from others, reducing their needs internally, hoping to gain independence and separation through that. It is also a challenge for them to trust in others and can be very private when talking about their own life. It is very important for them to have the feeling of being in control of their life.


The personal growth for people dominant in the type of The Investigator begins when they recognize how much of their focus is directed to mental activity. By noticing the silence behind their thoughts, they rediscover that life is an amazing gift and they awaken a natural impulse to participate in it, instead of observing.  They gain the understanding that they can improve ideas and look for answers to the questions in which they are interested, while at the same time maintaining connection with others. They start to care and look after themselves as well as participating in simple daily tasks. The separation between knowing and participating dissolves, awakening a new knowing that everything is equal and they begin to share their knowledge with others. They deepen their connection with their body which awakens their heart. This connection between mind and emotions brings a state of presence where they release inner control and allow others to influence them, leading them to stay open to the new experiences that arise.  

What other people of your type say about themselves:

  • Information and knowledge are the most important for me;

  • I do not accept information blindly, I always double-check all the facts;

  • I like directness, I do not like empty words;

  • Books are more interesting than people. I can find all necessary answers in books;

  • I collect knowledge from books, workshops and other sources but hardly find a way to apply them in my daily life;

  • I value competence;

  • I do not feel comfortable when someone asks me to give my response right away. I respect when others give me some time to prepare;

  • I enjoy being alone;

  • I am interested in the knowledge of the world and I want to find a key in understanding the world;

  • A lot of times when I am with others, in my head I am floating somewhere and thinking about how I can get back home. It is hard to accept but the majority of people aren't interested in me at all;

  • It is hard for me to express my feelings and emotions, it is a rare case when I would share that with others. I am experiencing my emotions very deeply and I am very sensitive;

  • I respect freedom  in my own life;

  • I do not like when people do not respect my personal space. I appreciate when they see it;

  • I love being independent. Financial independence is very important for me but material wealth is not where I find happiness;

  • I am a minimalist;

  • I feel bad when people ask me things which I do not know. I feel very confused in these situations. 

Questions to help understand yourself better

Do you often feel tired when you spend some time with people who are energetic and very expressive?

Is it hard for you to express your emotions?

Do you think that the majority of people are average and boring? 

Do you need to have some time before making some solution or answering to some important question? Sometimes you need a day or two? 

Is it hard for you to share your energy, space, time and knowledge with others? 

If you answered “yes” 4 out of 5 times, you most likely hold

the dominant personality type of Investigator.

Common mistypings: Type 3, Type 1, Type 6

Practices for personal growth:

Pay attention when you distance yourself from the people and inside have a feeling that others are too boring for you. How can you encourage yourself to find compassion to those around you?



Notice when you hide behind the thought: “I do not have ability to do things as well as others” and not allowing yourself to gain the practical skills which makes you feel as good as others.


Notice when inside you have a need to know everything so you would feel competent enough to reunion with those around you. Bring awareness when you start judging yourself for not knowing one or the other answer. See how you are the only one who have high expectations from yourself and people around you do not even care if you do not know something.


Notice when you experience emotions and do not allow yourself to express them to others. Whatever you notice feeling this way, ask yourself: what am I afraid of losing if I openly share how I feel?


Practice expressing your needs to those around you. Discover how most people are willing to hear you and help you with things you need.

If you wish to discover more practices for personal growth,

check out our brand-new Exercise book made specifically for type Five.

Enneagram Exercises

for personal growth

-TYPE 5-

The Investigator


This exercise book was created uniquely to support the personal growth of Enneagram type Five.

Official release date

4th of OCTOBER, 2021

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