What are people with Enneagram type five personalities like?

Lisa Oz
Health Education

Fives live in their heads and would prefer if you didn't bother them there, thank you very much. For the most part, Fives are curious, open-minded, and intellectual. They're not all smart, but they all like to think about things-much more than they like to do anything. Fives feel most at home in the world of ideas and abstractions.

They love to watch. They observe what's going on around them, taking in every detail but often failing to engage themselves. A bit aloof, rather cool and reserved, Fives prefer to remain detached in most situations. Privacy is paramount. Fives don't like feeling encroached upon emotionally or physically. Even moderate proximity can be perceived as intrusive. They don't like too much attention on themselves and have a hard time expressing their feelings.

Continue Learning about Personality

All About You: Personality Trait or Disorder?
All About You: Personality Trait or Disorder?
Is your personality trait idiosyncratic and somewhat endearing? Or is it so destructive that it changes the way you and others around you live? With ...
Read More
Why is optimism good for me?
Dr. Robin Miller, MDDr. Robin Miller, MD
It is essential for your health to try to think positive and be optimistic. In this video, Dr. Robin...
More Answers
Why do people lie?
Erik FisherErik Fisher
The most basic motivation for a lie is to create an alternative truth or "shell" around ourselve...
More Answers
Why Does Death Scare Us?
Why Does Death Scare Us?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.