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Enneagram 5w6 - Type 5 Wing 6

Summary of what is an Enneagram Type 5w6?

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Type Fives are intrinsically motivated, driven to continuously develop their own skills and knowledge so that they can thrive independently. Type Sixes are more comfortable working and living as part of a group. They exemplify team spirit. Type Fives with a Six Wing (5w6) more readily identify with groups and collaborate on team efforts than other Type Fives.

What is an Enneagram 5w6?

What is a Type 5 wing 6 on the Enneagram?

Type Fives, solitary, cerebral, and frugal, spend their lives collecting a wealth knowledge so that they can live simply without depending on others. Type Sixes are oriented toward the physical needs of their social groups and families, and they are highly practical. A 5w6 continuously develops practical skills as well as knowledge. Enneagram 5w6s seek to bring useful information and abilities to the table in order to secure their place as a valuable member of the group or team. 5w6s tend to be more collaborative than other Type Fives, although their basic fear of letting the group down often keeps them from assuming leadership roles.

This is the most observant, methodical, and analytical type. A 5w6 brings a calm, rational approach to any situation and they eagerly tackle challenging problems, often integrating important details that most would overlook (think Sherlock Holmes).

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Enneagram 5w6 Types value loyalty in their professional and personal lives. They prefer consistency, routine, and predictability. As solution-oriented people, they are always seeking to remove obstacles, enhance communication, and strengthen interpersonal relationships.


Type 5 Primary Enneagram type
5w6 Type Five with Type Six wing

Type 5w6s seek to bring useful information and abilities to the table in order to secure their place as a valuable contributor to group success.

Remember, an Enneagram 1w2 is still a core Type Five, so they are generally calm and collected people. They have strong principles and aren't as manipulated by their emotions. However, the two-wing allows them to be more interpersonal and friendly.

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Type 5w6 Type Five Wing Six

Here are some of the key traits to a Type 5w6 personality.

  • Enjoy being on their own with their thoughts
  • Can analyze situations to make positive decisions
  • Often prefer the company of a small number of people
  • Appetite for knowledge
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Did you know: When unhealthy and stressed, Enneagram 5w6 Types are prone to become very defensive and push people away.

Type 5w6 Fears and Desires

A list of the core fears and desires of Type 5w6

A 5w6, like all other people, will have fears and desires. A 5w6 is likely to share some common fears and desires with others that share this personality type.


Things Enneagram 5w6 Types should avoid

Core fear: Type 5w6s fear that they won't live up to the needs of those who depend on them.

  • Abandonment
  • Being seen as incompetent
  • Responsibility for group failure


Things Enneagram 5w6 Types should seek

Core desire: Type 5w6s are happiest when they are working within a niche where they can actively contribute their expertise toward group success.

  • Acceptance as part of the group
  • Valued for expertise
  • Reliable day to day routines

Type 5w6 Strengths and Weaknesses

A list of the main Type 5w6 strengths and weaknesses

Every Enneagram type, even types with wings such as 1w2, has strengths and weaknesses. These are personality traits that help and others that hinder.

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Type 5w6 Strengths Type 5w6 Weaknesses
Excellent problem solvers Indecisiveness (not having enough information)
Objective observations Difficulty understanding others
Constantly developing new skills Aloof demeanor
Practical and logical Neglecting emotional needs
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Types 5w6 are not known for being the most engaging and dynamic communicators, but they do bring a calming presence to crisis situations as they clearly lay out logic-driven courses of action based on their detailed observations.

Data: Distribution Between Core Type 5 vs Type 5w4 vs Type 5w6

Is one wing type more common than the other?

Some Type 5s do not exhibit wing traits significantly enough to say they have a wing. When this happens we say they are a 'core' Type 5. Not all Type 5s have a wing, indeed 5w6 is very rare.

Figure 1: Type 5 vs Type 5w4 vs Type 5w6


What this chart shows

This chart shows that 65.6% of Type 5s do not have a wing type, in other words they are 'core' Type 5s. And 33.3% of Type 5s are 5w4 and only 1.1% are 5w6.

  • 1. n=27985
  • 2. Population: global
  • 3. Dataset last updated:

Type 5w6 Career Choices

What are some of the common career choices for Enneagram 5w6?

Some personality types are better suited to certain careers than others. Here we will list a few of the careers that our data has shown would be a good and a bad fit for a Type 5w6 career.

Career choices

  • green tick Engineer
  • green tick Forensic Investigator
  • green tick Psychologist
  • red cross Fashion Designer
  • red cross Salesperson
  • red cross Travel Writer
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Understandably, this career list is not prescriptive. There will be many Enneagram Type 5w4 careers that are successful and in the 'not recommended' sectors.

Famous People With Type 5w6

Which famous people are Enneagram 5w6?

These famous individuals have the personality Type 5w6. Are you also 5w6? Do you recognize any personality similarities you can relate to?

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Elon Musk

American Inventor and Engineer

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Nikola Tesla

Nineteenth Century Serbian-American Engineer and Inventor

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Jordan Peterson

Contemporary Canadian Psychologist and Neuroscientist.

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Friedrich Nietzsche

German Philosopher

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Stanley Kubrick

Film Director (Science Fiction)

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Stephen King

American Author

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Emily Dickinson

Nineteenth Century American Poet


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Have we missed anyone?

Our research is always ongoing so please let us know if you think we've missed a noteworthy Type 5w6 worth highlighting.


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Chloe Yarwood, MSc

University of Chichester, Advanced Applied Psychology

Chloe Yarwood, MSc in Advanced Applied Psychology from University of Chichester. Specialist in personality type theory and developing valid personality questionnaires.