Enneagram Type 5: The Thinker

The Investigator

Triad: Head

Purpose: Explanation of life, understanding of universe

Quest: To understand the world

Lessons: Activating intelligence, connection with others


Values: Knowledge, self-sufficiency

Talent: Understanding

Challenge: Greed for knowledge

Fear: Overwhelm

Childhood parental dynamics: Ambivalent to father and mother


Healthy: Perceptive, wise, insightful, visionary, open-minded, brilliant, genius, intelligent, expert, innovative, inventive, original thinker

Average: Analytical, objective, detached, observer, immersed in data and details, intellectualizer, reductionistic

Unhealthy: Reclusive, isolated, eccentric, suspicious, obsessed, paranoid, intellectually arrogant, stingy, distant


Roles: Scientist, philosopher, researcher, librarian, data manager

Examples: Ken Wilber, Emily Dickenson, Franz Kafka, Meryl Streep, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Data (Star Trek TNG), “Watchers” (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer; Highlander)