The Nine Types – in a nutshell

Type FIVE – The Investigator

FOCUS OF ATTENTION: accumulating knowledge, intellectual comprehension, potential intrusions by others in terms of needs, feelings, agendas

AT THEIR BEST: thoughtful, dependable, scholarly, self-reliant, perceptive, respectful, calm in crisis,

AT THEIR WORST: withholding, detached, overly private, emotionally disconnected, distant, aloof, overly analytical

TYPICAL TYPE FIVE ROLES: Expert, Observer, Specialist, Thinker, Innovator

Key issues for Type FIVE:

Disembodied mind: Enjoy retreating into their mind. Analytical and thoughtful, detach from feelings. Observe rather than participate. Can get lost in their own cerebral landscapes. Clumsy at ’small talk’.

Detachment and withdrawal: Strong need for privacy. Limit intrusions from the world which, they believe, wants too much from them. Maintain a sense of safety by erecting boundaries and limiting contact with others.

Minimalist mindset: Non-demanding, minimize their wants and desires but hoard knowledge, time, energy and space for themselves. Fear of being depleted by others. Impractical in the pursuit of their interests.

Preparation mode: Endlessly gather information or practice but never feel prepared or ready to swing into action. Not keen on collaboration with others, have difficulty bringing their ideas to fruition.

BASIC FEAR: Fear of being useless or incompetent.

BASIC DESIRE AND THEIR DISTORTION: Desire to be competent (deteriorates into useless specialization).

LOST CHILDHOOD MESSAGE: „Your needs are not a problem”

HOW TYPE FIVE MANIPULATE OTHERS: By detaching emotionally from others and by staying preoccupied.

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