Keyes - Emotions and the Enneagram

Point Five: The Program of Knowledge with Withdrawal

Special Gift: Knowing "what's so"
Self-Definition: "I'm perceptive."
Shadow Issue: Miserliness
Rejected Element: Meaninglessness
Addiction: Knowledge
Strength Needed: Detachment
Defense Mechanism: Isolation (compartmentalization)
Psychological Disturbance: Avoidant personality
Talk Style: Dissertations
Preoccupations Include: Concern with privacy; withdrawal; social/antisocial dichotomy.
Restricting and minimizing personal needs as a way of non-involvement.
Need to control unpredictable feelings and reactions.
Sectioning off emotionally charged experiences into predetermined time units; setting boundaries.
Interest in using analytical knowledge as a substitute for emotional experience.
Confusion between spiritual non-attachment and personal withdrawal from emotional pain.
"Outside observer" point of view leading some to feel isolated from the events of one's own life and others to a point of view detached from the biases of personal fear or desire.
Focus: Personal emphasis on "home as castle."
Couple emphasis on confidence.
Community emphasis on totems, identifying with "those who know."
Life Task: Gaining knowledge of life by stepping into action from being an observer, taking in exactly what is needed and letting the rest go.

Margaret Frings Keyes

Emotions and the Enneagram
Working Through Your Shadow Life Script
Molysdatur Publications, Muir Beach, California,1992, 164 pages