Type 1 and Type 5 Relationship

Learn about Enneagram types and relationships

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What is Enneagram Type 1
(The Idealist)?
People with an Enneagram type One personality tend to be rational, principled, and judicial in their behavior. They usually have a desire for justice and equality. They are motivated by a strong sense of right and wrong.

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What is Enneagram Type 5
(The Thinker)?
People with an Enneagram type Five personality tend to be curious, independent, and observant in their behavior. They love to pursue knowledge and seek a deeper understanding of the world around them. They often prefer privacy and time alone to think, which may lead them to withdraw from others.

Communication

How can Ones and Fives communicate effectively with each other?

Ones and Fives are both logical, intellectual personalities. Ones tend to be outspoken and systematic, driven by a desire for justice. Fives are generally more unconventional and introverted, generally seeking knowledge and understanding.

Ones should try to connect with Fives through sense and reason, allowing them space to work alone. Fives should be clear and specific when addressing Ones.


Resolving Conflict

How can Ones and Fives resolve conflict?

Ones and Fives should work through conflict logically and in a timely manner. Ones should be clear and honest, allowing Fives to take space to recharge if needed. Fives should avoid being overly critical of Ones. Both should work together to find a practical, reasonable solution.


Building Trust

How can Ones and Fives build trust?

Ones are likely to trust Fives who are intellectually stimulating and enjoy discussing relevant issues. Fives should encourage and affirm Ones’ goals and visions.

Fives will grow to trust Ones who think objectively and consider new ideas. Ones should avoid overcrowding Fives by giving them plenty of space to think.

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Working Together

How can Ones and Fives work together?

Enneagram Ones tend to be outspoken and active, while Fives are generally introspective and observant. Ones can help Fives share their thoughts successfully with others, while Fives can help Ones consider other perspectives.


Dealing with Change

How can Ones and Fives deal with change?

Ones may have a difficult time adjusting to unexpected change, as they tend to set ideal plans. They are likely to be upset by change if they didn’t have a say in its implementation and may advocate for a different solution if they dislike the situation. Fives may adjust well to change, given that they are still allowed space. If they are bothered by a new situation, they are likely to discuss it in private.


Managing Stress

Ones and Fives need to seek to understand what brings stress to the other type and should try to avoid causing it when possible.

Ones are easily stressed by...

  • Being perceived as rigid or inflexible
  • Receiving criticism from those they admire
  • Feeling as though they can’t make a difference
  • Overwhelming reminders of corruption in the world

Fives are easily stressed by...

  • Large groups of unfamiliar people
  • Emotional expressions and situations
  • Being required to meet other people’s needs
  • Overstimulation or lack of peace

Ones should give Fives plenty of space to be alone, while Fives should avoid being critical of Ones’ actions.


Encouraging and Motivating

Ones and Fives can encourage and motivate each other in their personal and professional lives.

Ones are motivated by...

  • Fighting for issues of social justice
  • Volunteering and helping those less fortunate
  • Finding the right solutions to problems
  • Pursuing their own personal growth

Fives are motivated by...

  • Discovering something new about the world
  • Alone time to think and reconnect with themselves
  • Learning a new skill or technique
  • Feeling valued, able, and appreciated

Ones can help motivate Fives by listening to them share about a topic of interest.

Fives can encourage Ones by affirming their contributions to the community.


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