Type 5 and Type 5 Relationship

Learn about Enneagram types and relationships

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What is an 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 Fives communicate effectively with each other?

Enneagram Fives are motivated by the desire to feel useful and competent. When addressing other Fives, they should be direct and concise; if necessary, they can communicate through written forms, like text or email.


Resolving Conflict

How can Fives resolve conflict?

Fives need to work through conflict logically with one another. They should express their perspectives clearly, keep an open mind when listening to the other’s perspective, and work together to find a reasonable compromise or solution.


Building Trust

How can Fives build trust?

Fives tend to trust other Fives who are attentive and curious; Fives should listen to other Fives, support their interests, and encourage a passionate pursuit of knowledge.

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Working Together

How can Fives work together?

Fives tend to be quiet, calm, and knowledgeable. They bring insight, thoughtful solutions, and independent thinking to a workplace. Fives can help one another think inventively and build a larger breadth of knowledge.


Dealing with Change

How can Fives deal with change?

Fives tend to only be impacted by change if it harms or disturbs their personal space or independence.


Managing Stress

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

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

Fives should avoid overcrowding or overwhelming other Fives by recognizing when to give them space.


Encouraging and Motivating

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

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

Fives can motivate other Fives by engaging in deep discussion about a shared interest.


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