Enneagram 5w6

The Troubleshooter

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What is an Enneagram type 5 wing 6 (The Troubleshooter)?
People with an enneagram type five wing six personality usually identify the most with the type five, but also share traits with the six type. They tend to be practical, independent, and logical in their behavior. They are much more cooperative than other five types and have a passion for using their knowledge to solve real-world problems.

Enneagram 5w6 Personality Traits

Basic Fear

Five wing sixes fear being useless or incapable. They seek to improve the world around them in order to feel worthy.

Basic Desire

Their basic desire is to be competent and useful. They usually show this by picking up new skills and pieces of knowledge that can be of benefit.

Troubleshooters may withdraw from others to cope with stressful situations, which can tend to make them feel lonely.

In summary, Enneagram 5w6 personalities tend to...

  • Be hard-working and analytical problem-solvers
  • Withdraw from others when stressed
  • Prefer to spend time thinking alone
  • Fear being incapable or incompetent
  • Make practical and logical decisions

Enneagram 5w6 Strengths

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

Enneagram 5w6 Strengths

Strengths that are typically associated with the Enneagram 5w6 personality include...

  • Being focused and well-organized
  • Passion for learning and growing
  • Solving difficult or complex problems
  • Remaining calm in times of crisis

Enneagram 5w6 Weaknessess

Enneagram 5w6 Weaknessess

Weaknessess that are typically associated with the Enneagram 5w6 personality include...

  • Struggling to relate to and understand others
  • Tendency to be private and defensive
  • Being perceived as cold or aloof
  • Difficulty taking action when uninspired

How Enneagram 5w6 personalities like to work

Enneagram 5w6 Communicating

Communicating with an Enneagram 5w6

Avoid emotional expressions and allow five wing sixes space to think and process.
Enneagram 5w6 Meeting

Meeting with an Enneagram 5w6

Keep meetings short and sweet; focus on clearly addressing the purpose.
Enneagram 5w6 Emailing

Emailing an Enneagram 5w6

Be direct when emailing, allowing five wing sixes to share insightful and new ideas.
Enneagram 5w6 Feedback

Giving feedback to an Enneagram 5w6

Offer constructive criticism and honest feedback; give specific areas for improvement.
Enneagram 5w6 Conflict

Resolving conflict with an Enneagram 5w6

Focus on logically expressing your perspective; work toward a mutual understanding, allowing them time to think privately, if needed.

Enneagram 5w6 Motivations

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction at work, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

Enneagram 5w6 Motivations

Enneagram 5w6s tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Solving or preventing problems
  • Spending time alone to gather their thoughts
  • Feeling like they’re contributing to society
  • Pursuing knowledge in the specific area that sparks their personal interest

Enneagram 5w6 Stress

Enneagram 5w6 Stress

Enneagram 5w6s tend to be stressed and drained by...

  • Spending too much time around others
  • Needing to be emotionally vulnerable
  • Feeling unwanted or rejected by others
  • Self-doubt and insecurity

Enneagram 5w6 Jobs

Five wing sixes are organized and intellectual. They are great problem-solvers who want to make the world a better place. They thrive in an environment that allows them to pursue knowledge and self-growth, while also encouraging them to be logical and analytical.

Enneagram 5w6 Common Jobs

Common jobs for people with Enneagram 5w6 personality types

  • Professor
  • Computer Programmer
  • Accountant
  • Mathematician
  • Biologist
  • Technician
  • Physicist
  • Engineer

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