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TYPE FIVE: The Observer

Type Nine: The Mediator
Type Eight: The Protector Type One: The Perfectionist
Type Seven: The Epicure Type Two: The Giver
Type Six: The Sceptic Type Three: The Performer
Type Five: The Observer Type Four: The Romantic

“Lost” essential quality: A sense of omniscience; simply knowing there is an ample supply of knowledge and an abundance of energy for everyone.

Compensating 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.

Paradox: Striving for self-sufficiency cuts one off from essential resources and nurturance.

Path of development:

Ultimate task: Reconnecting to the energy of life force and heart-felt feelings, realizing that ample energy and resources are available.

Practices for Growth

Reflexively retracting
Have I been quick to withdraw from contact? From claims or demands upon my time and energy? Did I contract into myself? How have I reacted when I felt intruded upon? How did I protect my boundaries?

Fives’ coping strategy is to guard against intrusion and conserve energy in a world that they believe will want too much or give too little.

Detaching to observe
How often have I been thinking and analyzing situations? Did I try to figure things out in advance to gain predictability? Did I watch from a distance? Did I fall into analysis paralysis? When did I disconnect from feelings and go into my mind?

Detaching to observe provides Fives protection from demands and expectations that might lead to being drained of energy, which they fear.

Limiting wants and desires
How might I have minimized my wants and desires, especially compared to others? Was I even aware of my wants and desires? Did I mainly want to be left alone? What, if anything, did I ask for from others?

Fives believe that if you don’t want, you won’t lack. If you can get along with little, you won’t be vulnerable or dependent.

Six healing and growth commitments for Type Fives:

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