Enneagaram Personality Type Descriptions

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Type 5 (The Thinker)

Motivation: To make the unknown known
Potential problem: Being overly analytical, losing touch with instincts/feelings
Historic antecedent: The Scientific Method
Historic example: Aristotle
Film example: John Nash (A Beautiful Mind)
Characteristics: likes gadgets, analytical, problem solver, knowledgeable, philosophical, observant, curious, synthesizer, perceptive, enjoys games of strategy, prescient, questioner, inventive, introspective, relies more on mind than others, more influenced by self than others, brainstormer, nerdy, looks for hidden patterns, seeks meaning, rationalist, bibliophile, likes science fiction, more humanitarian, more likely to be a megalomaniac, more likely to pursue higher academia, computer/technology savvy, off beat sense of humor, more likely to shop online, more solitary, more artistic than average, values education, more experimental, hangs out mostly with other intellectuals, attracted to the counter culture, likes to get lost in thought

Healthy Type 5: The Innovator
discovers/develops new technologies or systems of thought which are useful to others
Average Type 5: The Intellectual
enjoys philosophical discussion/debate, endlessly curious, loves to learn, thoughtful
Unhealthy Type 5: The Nihilist
struggles with the meaninglessness of existence, detached, hermetic, cold, devoid of feelings

*for a low score assume the opposite of the above. the descriptions listed here are made up of personality items. people who scored high on this type scored higher on the above items compared to the average. (more info)
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