Callahan - The Enneagram for Youth

Type Five: The Watcher

Personality Identification

What do I want most?

  • I want to know, to understand everything around me.

What is most important to me?

  • It is important to me that I see things clearly and correctly.

What is the worst thing that could happen to me?

  • The worst thing that could happen to me is that my ideas be wrong, incorrect.

How do I see myself (on a good day)?

  • I am very perceptive and a person who sees things more clearly than others.

Path of Peace: Five (Watcher) looks to Eight (Chief)

When a Five looks to Eight, it finds confidence in its intuition of the workings of the world and becomes connected to it, becomes creative like a healthy Four, beomes generous and energized like a healthy Seven, and relates warmly to others like a healthy Six.

I am involved.
[8. Chief]
I am friendly.
[6. Defender]
I am observant.
[5. Watcher]
I am inventive.
[4. Symbol Maker]
I am enthusiastic.
[7. Materialist]

Path of Storms: Five (Watcher) looks to Seven (Materialist)

A Five looking to Seven perceives a chaotic world, becomes hyperactive like an unhealthy Seven, enters a gloomy, empty world like an unhealthy Four, isolates itself from its feelings and from society and becomes arrogant like an unhealthy Eight, and frenetic like an unhealthy Six.

I am enlightened.
[8. Chief]
I am irritated.
[6. Defender]
I am stingy.
[5. Watcher]
I am barren.
[4. Symbol Maker]
I am busy.
[7. Materialist]

A Counseling Approach

  • Yes, the world of feelings is an okay place to be; you can think them through and then relate to other people confidently.
  • Yes, when you get actively involved in the world, you discover that you have great intellectual and emotional resources.
  • Yes, since you have discovered that the "emptiness" inside is actually filled with goodness, you are free to express yourself and to share what you have because you will not run out of this goodness.
  • Yes, since you have all you need within yourself, you can open yourself to others in love.
  • Yes, you don't have to have all the answers; just being able to see things as they really are is true wisdom.

Rev. William J. Callahan, S.J.

The Enneagram for Youth
Counselor's Manual
Loyola University Press, 1992, 156 pages