Think you might be type 5, but you just aren’t sure? (Hint: do you have a blog about your insular niche topic and spend more time on forums and rage memes than hanging out with real people? Probably don’t need to read further, friend.)
In case you’re still struggling, here’s a few common tells to help you out:
- You’re really knowledgeable about niche topics, like train models or Pokemon or particular academic subjects, but completely oblivious about other things.
- You’re considered very intelligent but have no idea about common subjects such as fashion or sports (unless fashion or sports is your Thing).
- Sometimes your point of focus is hit or miss. You can be deeply invested in a subject because some part of you believes it is important to know while completely neglecting other life skills like how to drive a car or how to file taxes because “those things didn’t seem relevant.”
- Your manner of dress is a mix between totally practical/efficient and somewhat eccentric. You might wear a bright yellow jacket with screaming green pants because the pants have cargo pockets and the jacket is sturdy all-terrain clothing, forgetting that those colors look terrible together because you honestly weren’t paying attention to that! Hoodies are probably your best friend: the ultimate in practicality and comfort.
- You’re generally rather sensitive and so have made a habit of walling people off or hiding behind humor to protect yourself.
- You’ve ever bought the same outfit in bulk so you don’t have to think about what to wear each morning.
- You are drawn to strange, unusual, interesting, or even disturbing things.
- You have an appreciation for the arts and get sucked into artistic endeavors like animation, comics, novels, illustration, etc. You may be very passionate about these things, but as with everything else, you don’t let how these things make you feel become a central part of your identity.
- You tend to have collections of things. Comic books, vintage video games, rocks, posters, Pokemon figurines. Whatever. You spend some time thinking about who your awesome collections will go to when you die. I’ll be buried with them, that’s what I’ll do!
- You get enjoyment over being the smartest person in the room, winning debates, being right, and having the most knowledge about something. You also feel embarrassed when someone legitimately one-ups you in a debate or points out a fact you were unaware of. (It doesn’t happen very often.)
- You are so used to being able to synthesize entire concepts in your mind that you are genuinely surprised when something catches you off guard.
- You are disappointed at the realization that you actually have to act and feel. You mean you can’t just think it?
- You can have trouble reading your audience at times and realizing when people are utterly bored or disconnected with what you’re saying. Why wouldn’t anyone want to discuss the mineral composition of malachite in detail?
- You’re not actually emotionless. You do want to connect with others. You just don’t quite know how.
- You like knowledge for knowledge’s sake, but you won’t learn anything if you are forced to do it or have no interest in the subject.
- You’re always looking deeper. You don’t settle for cheap and easy explanations. You never buy into attempts to shut people up or stop lines of questioning.
- You consider analysis and logical thought to be among the highest virtues one could have.
- You have to stop to think about how you feel about something.
- You have trouble melding or enmeshing yourself with anything, be it a feeling, a person, a thing, a belief, a crowd, whatever. Some part of you always stands back as an observer, feeling you will be swallowed up by the other if you don’t. It’s a deep, primal fear that can’t be explained easily.
Have any of these symptoms, or know someone who does? You might have a clear case of the fives if so!
*Disclaimer: not to be used as a serious diagnosis of Core Type, Pattern, Style, or Fixation/Virtue. Come on guys, it’s just for funsies.