"I think, therefore I am." ("Cogito,
"Ad hoc, ad hoc and quid pro quo. So
little time, so much to know."
The Nowhere Man, Yellow Submarine,
"I want to be left alone."
Fives are based in the Head
Center. Their issues revolve around trust and safety. They
prefer to have an experience and then think about it. Thus, they
like to have lots of time alone. Fives observe life and thrive
in the world of ideas and knowledge. They often pride themselves
in not needing much to live and are often frugal. They are perceptive,
insightful and innovative. Being well informed is important to
|Best Example of a Famous
"FIVE": BILL GATES
||Data (Star Trek)
||The Virgin Mary
||Theodore Kazinsky, The Unabomber
In the movies of
life, fives play the parts of the intellectuals, the eggheads,
the nerds, and the brains. Fives observe everything in their world
with extraordinary perceptiveness, keen detached awareness and
insight, often making original and innovative revelations. Knowledge
is what excites them. Alert and curious, they possess great intellectual
They often withdraw inside, becoming singularly preoccupied with
thoughts, trying to garner knowledge in preparation for taking
action. They can be intense, cerebral, and high-strung and can
tend to isolate themselves in their preference for the world of
People are often attracted to fives because of their sense of stability
and groundedness, their self-sufficiency and their ability to
remain detached in the face of chaos. In relationship they are
kind, open-minded, trustworthy, persevering, wise, sensitive,
objective and whimsical. At their best Fives contribute genius
and vision, becoming experts and making pioneering discoveries
in their fields.
- I know a considerable amount about many subjects,
and in a few, I consider myself an expert.
- I don't like going to parties because there's
almost never anyone to talk to.
- It's easier for me to experience deep feelings
for others when I'm by myself.
- It wears me out to spend too much time with
- It's hard for me to be around intrusive or
emotionally effusive people—especially angry or aggressive
- I value my privacy intensely and need to
spend quite a bit of time alone.
- I get so into whatever interests me that
hours can go by without my noticing.
- I think of myself as a material minimalist—as
living lightly on the earth. I don't need lots of possessions
to be happy—well, except for my books.
- Sometimes it feels like I'm standing outside
of myself watching my life go by.
- Oddly, I feel more connected to people when
I'm alone remembering when I was with someone.
- I hate having to conform to silly social
- Because I'm good at detaching from my emotions,
I can think clearly under pressure and can therefore support
others in making decisions in times of stress.
- I spend a surprising amount of time thinking
about what might happen before a date and thinking about what
happened after it's over, but I have a tendency to freeze
emotionally during the actual date itself.
- I live with a sense of inner isolation from
the world, but I get some relief by learning how the world
works and understanding human nature.
- I do not like open competition or direct
confrontation, and despite how it may look, I'm very sensitive
|The Investigator, The Sage, The Thinker, The
Minimalist, The Recluse
|The main character (a 5 of course) sees himself
as the learned keeper of knowledge, and the subtle plot
spins around being the master of a private world in which
knowledge keeps that world safe.
|The need to know everything and understand
the environment as a way of defending themselves against
threats; to be self-sufficient and have privacy and to
avoid humiliation for not knowing an answer.
|Of being useless, helpless, or overlooked.
| To be capable and competent.
|"What do you want from me?" Detaching
from feelings, standing back, observing and analyzing.
Fives' attention goes to what other people want from them
and how much they will have to put out.
|Avarice / Retentiveness
|Isolation -- it's a way to keep from being
overwhelmed by emotions that arouse anxiety by withdrawing