Type 5 – Symbol



Caring for Fives

“When you ask a Five what they feel they will tell you what they think. Often they think their thoughts are their feelings because when they’re aware of a feeling, they have vivid thoughts about it. . . [They live in their head.] For self-protection, they can wall off from other people and not realize it. . . .Fives are intensely observing and slow to act, but powerful when they do act” (Healthy Feelings, Thriving Faith, p. 161 ).

Key Traits

Always thinking






Personality Dynamics

These three factors may contribute to someone becoming a Five:

  1. Family formation role: Loner
  2. Root sin: Hoarding knowledge, money, or other resources
  3. Defense mechanism: Intellectualizing


The Five personality is expressed and related to largely through emotions like these:

Felt need: Have resources

Head type: Hiding emotions behind thinking

Core emotion: Anxiety about needing more knowledge or money

Stress emotion: Anxious distractibility and seeking stimulation

Underlying sadness: Feeling misunderstood or intruded on

Emotional alarm: Staying in your head

How Fives Become Like Jesus

“When we follow Jesus and make our work part of Jesus’ mission, he leads us out of scarcity thinking (like an unhealthy Five) and into abundance thinking (like a healthy Five)” (Healthy Feelings, Thriving Faith, p. 169).

Key Scripture

Quote - Type 5

“And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth” (John 17:3 NLT).

Christlike Virtue to Cultivate


Key Soul Care Practice

Bible study as worship

Subsidiary Types

Wing Type(s): Four and/or Six

Stress Type: Seven

Growth Type: Eight

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