The Enneagram Types
The Intense, Cerebral Type:
Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated
(The Schizoid Avoidant, and Schizotypal Personality Disorders)
Fear: Being useless, helpless,
Basic Desire: To be capable and competent
Enneagram Five with a Four-Wing: "The Iconoclast"
Enneagram Five with a Six-Wing: "The Problem Solver"
Healthy: Observe everything with extraordinary perceptiveness and insight. Most mentally alert, curious, searching intelligence: nothing escapes their notice. Foresight and prediction. Able to concentrate: become engrossed in what has caught their attention. / Attain skillful mastery of whatever interests them. Excited by knowledge: often become expert in some field. Innovative and inventive, producing extremely valuable, original works. Highly independent, idiosyncratic, and whimsical.
At Their Best: Become visionaries,
broadly comprehending the world while penetrating
it profoundly. Open-minded, take things
in whole, in their true context. Make pioneering
discoveries and find entirely new ways of
doing and perceiving things.
Average: Begin conceptualizing and
fine-tuning everything before acting
working things out in their minds: model
building, preparing, practicing, and gathering
more resources. Studious, acquiring technique.
Become specialized, and often "intellectual,"
often challenging accepted ways of doing
things. / Increasingly detached as they
become involved with complicated ideas or
imaginary worlds. Become preoccupied with
their visions and interpretations rather
than reality. Are fascinated by off-beat,
esoteric subjects, even those involving
dark and disturbing elements. Detached from
the practical world, a "disembodied
mind," although high-strung and intense.
/ Begin to take an antagonistic stance toward
anything which would interfere with their
inner world and personal vision. Become
provocative and abrasive, with intentionally
extreme and radical views. Cynical and argumentative.
Unhealthy: Become reclusive and
isolated from reality, eccentric and nihilistic.
Highly unstable and fearful of aggressions:
they reject and repulse others and all social
attachments. / Get obsessed yet frightened
by their threatening ideas, becoming horrified,
delirious, and prey to gross distortions
and phobias. / Seeking oblivion, they may
commit suicide or have a psychotic break
with reality. Deranged, explosively self-destructive,
with schizophrenic overtones.
Key Motivations: Want to possess
knowledge, to understand the environment,
to have everything figured out as a way
of defending the self from threats from
Examples: Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Georgia O'Keefe, Stanley Kubrick, John Lennon, Lily Tomlin, Gary Larson, Laurie Anderson, Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, James Joyce, Bjrk, Susan Sontag, Emily Dickenson, Agatha Christie, Ursula K. LeGuin, Jane Goodall, Glenn Gould, John Cage, Bobby Fischer, Tim Burton, David Lynch, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Trent Reznor, Friedrich Nietzsche, Vincent Van Gogh, Kurt Cobain, and "Fox Mulder" (X Files).