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Enneagram Type 5: The Observer
Definitions used in describing each type
“Lost” essential quality:
A sense of omniscience; simply knowing there is an ample supply of knowledge and an abundance of energy for everyone.
belief: The world demands too much from people and gives them too little, potentially resulting in a scarcity of resources.
Attention/coping strategy: Protecting yourself from intrusion and demands by cutting off feelings. Focusing attention on intrusions and detaching to observe. Becoming self-sufficient, seeking privacy, limiting desires.
Trap: Obtaining self-sufficiency will free you from needing anything from others.
Driving energy: Avarice (stinginess) for essentials that are perceived as being scarce, such as private time and knowledge.
Avoidance: Intrusion and demands by others leading to depletion of energy or to a sense of inadequacy.
Strengths: Keeper of confidences, knowledgeable, calm in a crisis, appreciative of simplicity.
Striving for self-sufficiency cuts one off from essential resources and nurturance.
Path of development:
Reconnecting to the energy of life force and heart-felt feelings, realizing that ample energy and resources are available.
- Experience feelings in the moment
- Stay connected rather than withdrawing
- Allow more people into protective circle
- Reveal personal matters, express self
- Engage in physical activity
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