In this post we examine some ways to support Enneagram TYPE 5: The Investigator and why Lemon Quartz is an ideal supportive gemstone.
If you need a quick recap on The Enneagram, you can learn more HERE. In this age of technology that keeps most of us at an arm's length hungry for connection, it's a beautifully reassuring tool we can use to know ourselves and each other better.
We hope to be in service with the Enneagram Collection by helping you get to know more deeply your own type, what nurtures you, how to help others by seeing them more clearly through knowing their type, and how to utilize the amazing power of gemstones to lean into and support each type.
And did you know each of us have ALL the Types in us. One or two are likely more dominant, but no matter your Type, understanding them all helps you better understand and have compassion for others.
According to our Enneagram expert Sarajane Case, Type Fives can be described as the following:
TYPE FIVE | THE INVESTIGATOR
Basic Desire: “It’s important to me that I am capable, competent, and informed.”
Basic Fear: “I most fear being helpless, useless, or overwhelmed.”
Super Ego Message: “I know that I will be ok as long as I have something that I’ve truly mastered.”
Type Fives are analytical, observant, and insightful. They often felt as if they were either unable to get their needs met by their caregivers or were consumed by the presence of their family of origin. This developed a sense that a Type Five would need to meet their own needs in private through holding onto their resources. Type Fives are intentional about managing both their resources and their energy levels. Not so much out of selfishness or stinginess, but more so out of a belief that this is what is necessary to survive. Fives hold a continued awareness of this and make decisions to prevent depletion. There is also a drive to understand the world. A need to know the intricacies of life from all angles, all timelines, and all explanations. These two pieces often play together in someone who lives life through the safety of their mind. They experience the world through research, thought, and curiosity.
Type Fives are inquisitive, economical, studious, self-sufficient, and likely the most informed person you know.
How Can I Support Myself As An Enneagram Type Five?
It's helpful to remind yourself that your needs are not a problem. They are your needs, and everyone deserves to have their needs met. You'll want to challenge yourself to not just understand things but to grow through that understanding. Find a job that fits your personality. You don't need to become more outgoing or affectionate or anything to succeed. If you need to leave a party or social situation, do it, unapologetically. Remind yourself again and again that you are not a burden. You are worthy just by being alive. You have nothing to prove and you're wonderful exactly how you are. It's also good to get outside your mind and into your body by hiking, practicing yoga, or walking. Try not to listen to a podcast or music while you do these things, instead take in the world around you as that will help to presence you.
How Can I Support Someone I Love Who Is An Enneagram Type Five?
Fives can be challenging to support because they tend to not believe they are worthy of your love and adoration. But they will bloom when you take the pressure off them to be a certain way. Telling them they're amazing exactly how they are is a great place to start. Make sure you are verbally giving them words of encouragement and affirmation. Help them with a project or hobby and help them to take "me time." They'd also benefit from the recognition that they are valuable for what they are and not just what they know.
Gemstone To Support Enneagram Type Fives
Perfect for Type Fives, Lemon Quartz activates a sense of infinite abundance, energy, and strength. It helps to encourage and support a deep sense of self worth and hopefulness along with a good dose of joy in living a life in a well rounded, full way.