Type 5

The observer, the investigator

Gregory House (Dr. House)
Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)
Daria Morgendorffer (Daria)


5s are private and solitary beings who are often perceived as informed, competent and insightful intellectuals. They are researchers with a great thirst for knowledge who want to understand in depth anything that interests them. They often have expertise in many areas. They are independent, autonomous and often reserved. They need a lot of freedom and personal space to pursue their projects. They can have trouble with emotional relationships and they are often very career oriented. They feel much more able to share their thoughts and analyzes than to share their feelings. They feel most alive when they can find solutions to complex problems they have worked on.

Avoidance compulsion

5s seek at all costs, and often unconsciously, to avoid the inner void. To fill it, they often seek to acquire knowledge. They do everything they can to avoid strong feelings (especially fear), intrusive people, and taking action without thinking enough. They avoid situations in which they do not know what they are supposed to do.

Center of attention and motivation

The attention of 5s is mainly focused on the observation of the world and the collection of information. They are motivated by the search for knowledge, logic and understanding. They have a high regard for wisdom, knowledge and learning. They are also motivated by autonomy.
They are often distant from others, for fear of intrusions, and remain discreet. They often feel very vulnerable. Introverts, they often need time alone to recharge their batteries. This is also why they value autonomy.

Vice and defense mechanism

When they are under the influence of their compulsion (to avoid the inner void), they become stingy with their knowledge: They accumulate information and refuse to share it. Greedy for more knowledge to maintain their sense of security and try to stay blameless, they can also become stingy with their ideas, energies and feelings. From an outside point of view, they may seem insensitive or arrogant.
Their defense mechanism is isolation. They isolate the knowledge out of the feelings. They unconsciously dissociate the emotions associated with ideas because they feel more comfortable with thoughts than with emotions. Defensively reducing their awareness (by filtering feelings) protects them from disturbing emotions and limits their need for support from others.

In harmony

When they are in harmony with themselves and manage their compulsion, 5s are confident, independent, simple, observant, objective, calm, introspective, autonomous and analytical.
They are in confort when they are confident of their skills, and are accepted and supported by others. Then they tend towards their type of integration (type 8) and its positive traits are added to their behavior. Thus they go beyond their shyness and become more active and engaged in what they do. They are then more able to take the initiative to realize their ideas.

In imbalance

Under the influence of their compulsion, 5s can become indifferent, cynical, intellectually arrogant, and sometimes become eccentric. They can isolate themselves from others and their fear of an external intrusion can increase.
If the situation does not get better, they tend towards their type of disintegration (type 7) and its negative traits are added to their behavior. Thus they can become more impulsive and neglected. Having less control over themselves, they can display irrational and inconsistent attitudes.


The neighbor types of 5 are types 4 and 6. We call the type wing, the neighbor type which seems to have the most influence on the basic type.
5w4s are more creative, humanistic and empathic, but can also be more moody and melancholic.
5w6s are more analytical, disciplined and cooperative, but can also be more anxious and skeptical.