The Enneagram: Style Five–The Observer

The fifth Enneagram Style, the Observers, tend to center their lives on thinking. When healthy, they are highly intellectual, very active, and extraordinarily accomplished. As teachers or researchers, their talents are superb, and they’re considered the most intellectual of the nine Styles. They are excellent writers due to their keen observational skills, examining and understanding all sides of a question. Unhealthy Fives withdraw and begin to live in worlds of their own. They can become arrogant or eccentric. If cast in a movie, a Five would play the “mad scientist.” Famous Fives range from Bill Gates and Buddha to Timothy McVeigh and Ted Kaczynski.

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