You think you are number five? In Enneagram this type is known as The INVESTIGATOR. Please become familiar with this type in the description below:
During childhood, people of this type experience emotional insecurity. They spend a lot of time by themselves, without an adult. They barely engage in any activity. This forms a need to disconnect themselves from others - emotionally, physically and mentally. Young children of this type spend a lot of time on their own. They are usually very shy , and don't know how to play with others. They read a lot of books, play music and conduct experiments.
„I do not need anything. I just want to be left in peace and for others to not interfere with my life, especially in the emotional side. I do not need anything from you, so please also do not ask anything of me."
The people of this type are very curious. For them it is very important to understand how everything works, for this reason, they study a lot and go deep into the details. Often they do not trust others' opinions or views, often trying to test them. The search for knowledge is closely connected with The INVESTIGATOR feeling unsafe in this world. For them, it always feels like they lack the knowledge to function successfully in this world. Instead of applying their knowledge in real life, they create different schemes in their heads of how they will apply their knowledge, believing that one day they will make it happen in real. In order to keep a connection with the surrounding world, The INVESTIGATOR will often have one or more areas in which they can call themselves experts. Constant deepening of their knowledge in the areas they are interested in creates the feeling of security. „I will find what I can do well and then I will be ready to accept the challenges of this life. Other things should not distract me." But in reality, it doesn't really matter what kind of workmanship level they reach in their area of expertise, it still does not remove their main fear of feeling unsafe.
Even though The INVESTIGATORS spend a lot of time focusing on their areas of interest, they still understand how much they still do not know. For example, regarding sports, the ability to cook, to drive, unsuccessful relationships, or a weak social life.
The challenge for The INVESTIGATOR is to understand that they can improve ideas and look for answers to the questions in which they are interested, while at the same time keep a connection with others. By taking care of themselves as well as doing other daily tasks which are as important as collecting knowledge.
The INVESTIGATOR is the most independent type, but once they find someone with whom they can share their knowledge they become very talkative.
By hiding their emotions and keeping their needs deep inside themselves, they hardly speak up for their own needs to others. They avoid other people who could influence the clarity of their mind. Often they are worried that others may ask something from them which they can not give.
The people of this type experience a lot of feelings, which they hide deeply and which are consciously ignored. Often they reject help because they do not want to feel helpless and incompetent.
„The strategy of The INVESTIGATOR is to live life without asking a lot of from it, minimizing their needs, hoping that others will not ask anything from them. They try to keep up their independence by minimizing their needs, simplifying their personal comfort, and immersing themselves in their visions."
The INVESTIGATORS are special people, who have deep insights, as well as an understanding of areas which they are interested in. Growing as personalities they open up the high potential of their inner beings. Inside they awaken an understanding of a lot of different aspects at the same time. Capability to evaluate wholeness and details. They can decide what kind of view or method is necessary for each specific situation. The INVESTIGATOR becomes very attentive and receptive. They can see a lot of changes in their surroundings which others might not be capable to see, such as colors, sounds and so on.
The people of this type never lose their childlike curiosity. They ask a lot of questions and look for the answers to these questions. They also have a strong capability to stay focused for a long time, and have a lot of patience analyzing ideas that interest them. They are happy to share their discoveries, often sharing the contradictory facts they see in life with a very playful sense of humor.
They love to provoke others to think deeper, and they become very good at passing their ideas on to others, which if be shared in a different way might be accepted as dangerous.
The people of this type grow in the world when they rediscover the unity between emotions and mind, by letting others influence them and choosing to stay open instead of closing up.
Good memory, and a capability to connect difficult information
When you feel imbalanced
Disconnected from others
The majority of the day you spend in your "head"
Ignoring reality which surrounds you
What others 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;
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;
It is important for me to prepare. I do not like spontaneous situations ;
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 independed. Financial independence is very important for me but material wealth is not where I find happiness;
I do not care how I look. I only need things which serve a purpose;
I am a minimalist;
I feel bad when people ask me things which I do not know. I feel very confused in these situations.
How to get along with me
Be independent, not "sticky";
Speak with me in a direct way, with going around;
Give me some time to be on my own. This time it is important for me so I can understand my thoughts and feelings;
Remember when I disconnect or become arrogant, that is a sign - I do not feel comfortable;
Let me feel waited;
Help me to avoid: big parties, loud music, too much emotions and interruptions to my private space.
"Being number 'five' means always wanting to learn. If I didn’t learn anything new, the day was wasted. As a "five" I want to understand how life works, to get theoretical knowledge about various phenomena. Such knowledge allows me to control life because then I understand its laws. Usually, I learn as an observer, not as a participant. Sometimes it seems to me that understanding life is as good as living. That's why I need to work very hard to realize that I am living in a reality, not only studying it as a subject. ”
- Edith, 35.
The story of my life
“When I was a child, I avoided physical education lessons as much as possible. I was never able to climb a rope or to do gymnastic exercises on a crossbar. I pretended to feel bad when I had to participate. At the same time, I was always mentally very active. I participated in many academic competitions and always achieved good results, being one of the best students in the class.”
- Lina, 28.
“I was the youngest child in a large family. We had five children. My mom was busy all the time with different tasks, so she really didn’t give me any attention. I had a very jealous older sister who kept repeating to me all the time that I was a mistake, that no one loved me, wishing I would die or disappear from home. I lived believing this to be true, my relationship with my parents and siblings was ambiguous. I created my own reality world and fantasized that I was the leader of a fantasy world.”
- Joe, 35 m.
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 need to have some time before making some solution or answering to some serious question? Some times you need a day or two?
Do you think that the majority of people are average and boring?
Is it hard for you to share your energy, space, time and knowledge with others?
People like you: Siddartha Gautama Buddha, Albert Einstein, Oliver Sacks, John Nash (A Beautiful Mind), Stephen Hawking, Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dali, Alberto Giacometti, Emily Dickinson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Agatha Christie, James Joyce, Jean-Paul Sartre, Susan Sontag, Stephen King, Ursula K. LeGuin, Clive Barker, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jane Goodall, A.H. Almaas, Eckhart Tolle, Meredith Monk, Glenn Gould, John Cage, Kurt Cobain, David Byrne, Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson, Jane Siberry, Trent Reznor, Thom York (Radiohead), Alfred Hitchcock, Marlene Dietrich, Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg, Werner Herzog, Tim Burton, David Lynch, David Fincher, Jodie Foster, Annie Liebovitz, Bobby Fischer, “Wikileaks” Julian Assange, Aaron Swartz, X Files’ “Fox Mulder,” Dr. Gregory “House”
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Levels of development
Moving Healthy to Average level
My state of being which show that I am moving to average levels: "I am withdrawing from reality into concepts and mental worlds."
"Wake - up call" (read more) going from healthy levels to average
Moving from Average to Unhealthy level
My thoughts which shows that I am moving to unhealthy levels: "I think I will never going to find a place in the world or with people."
Red Flag (read more) moving to unhealthy levels
LEVEL1 Fives let go of the belief that they are separate from the environment - an outside observer- and are thus able to confidently engage in life. They also paradoxically achieve their Basic Desire - to be capable and competent and able to live in the world. They then become clear-minded, knowing, profound, and compassionate.
LEVEL2 Fives focus on the environment so they can feel confident to function in it and develop skills to defend against their Basic Fear. Self- image: "I am smart, curious, and independent."
LEVEL3 Fives reinforce their self- image by mastering a body of knowledge or skills that will make them competent and strong. Not wishing to compete with others, they prefer to explore new ideas and forms. Their "tinkering" can result in profoundly original ideas, inventions, and art.
LEVEL4 Fives begin to fear that their skills are insufficient and that they need to prepare more before they can take their place in the world. They feel unsure of themselves in many areas, preferring to inhabit the safety of their minds. They study, practice, and collect more knowledge, resources, and skills.
LEVEL5 Fives worry that the needs of others will distract them from their projects, so they shut out "intrusions" by intensifying their mental activity. They minimize their needs, becoming high- strung, cerebral, and secretive. They spend more time alone, speculating and elaborating on alternative realities.
More levels we discuss in a class.
Practice for personal grow
Do not push other people away. Try to accept them as they are. Don’t judge them by mental possibilities alone. Try to see in others the qualities you would like to have for yourself. Everyone is unique and worthy of attention, even if they are not as educated as you.
You really don’t have to know everything and people don’t demand it from you. Try to be more forgiving toward yourself. Not only learn, but also apply your knowledge in reality. Be sure to find one or more areas you would like to deepen your knowledge of.
Observe yourself as you focus on your thoughts and mental activities while being amongst people. Try to be here and now. Are you in the conversation? Do you see the details of the environment? Try not to stray from the present moment, engage in conversations or discussions.
Accept all emotions and allow yourself to experience them. Don’t squeeze them deep inside yourself.
Pay enough attention to relaxing activities. It is very important to meditate regularly, take up yoga, enjoy sports. It will help you feel your body and the processes going on in it.
Take care of yourself: prepare a meal, buy yourself a nice dress. Love yourself.
Consider how much information from various sources has been put into practice? Try to "transfer" the acquired knowledge into personal experience.
Practice developing your social skills. If you have people in your circle who are communicative, observe them, try to make new connections yourself.
Take time to develop practical skills: these include recipes for new meals, dance lessons, driving lessons, cycling, fishing, and so one.
Allow yourself to be spontaneous and unprepared for surprises.
Practice sharing your emotions and allow spontaneous reactions to occur.
Realize your fear of being unnecessary and incompetent, hear the inner voice that repeats “it is not good to feel great in this world”.
Take notice of when you have a desire to learn something just for the sake of having more knowledge.
Practice accepting yourself and others without preconceived notions.
Include simple things like cooking, cleaning, shopping and more in your daily routine. Discover peace and meaning in them.