Enneagram 5

Excerpt from the book “The Power Of Persona – How We Use Masks And How Masks Use Us”

The Sage (Enneagram 5)


The Sage (Enneagram 5)

The sage seeks to defend themselves through maintaining a solid grasp of what is true and false.

Core motivation:

Primary issue:



To stand on solid footing, to be free of doubt

To lose grasp of what is true and what is false

Steady type (+—)
Certainty, Denial, Confusion, Coldness

Sage/Seeker (Monk) Sage/Magician (Wizard)

A sage is locked in a permanent state of confusion and does not know what to do or what is right and wrong. They remain cold and detached as they study the world impartially. They tend to act certain or like they know the answer to any question, even though they are never really sure of themselves. 

Sages tend to be seen as knowledgeable and aware because of this high certainty. People can rest themselves on the shoulder’s of the sage’s at any time. The sage’s may come off as cold as they speak out for what they think. Sage’s will often be prone to denial and will often pretend to be okay even when they are struggling with something, as to not shake people’s trust in them. Sages tend to brood a lot and will often struggle to share their doubts and worries with others.

General Description

Common traits: Intelligent, sharp, expertful, perceptive, cerebral, reclusive

The five is a defensive head type, and generally perceived as a stable pillar of wit and intelligence and careful reasoning. You’ll find that the five is impartial and objective in their analysis of the world, taking things slowly and carefully, going over facts and double-checking answers to make sure they are right.

The five wants to avoid placing sentiment or personal opinion into their answers, and seeks a truth or an answer that is objective or can be accepted as true by anyone. Herein lies a goal of the sage to achieve truth that is not gentle or sweet, but sometimes harsh and raw. The sage seeks truth that tastes like bitter medicine. As a five, you are ready to accept difficult facts of life and to live by and to adapt to these truths, even if it is difficult. The five is here often treated as a honest truth-teller, someone that will be real with you and someone who’s judgement can always be trusted.

The five is at other times considered as narrow-minded and cold. They can be inflexible to new information, and stubborn. The five wants to at all times maintain their rationale – and will avoid situations that expose them as ignorant or unknowing. This means moving their mind and their thoughts to areas where they feel more comfortable and secure. It also means avoiding environments and situations that can take them outside their comfort zone. The fives are, as defensive head types, true sceptics. Don’t try to change their mind. You will fail.