Quintessential Character Type 5

Type
5

Character Role
Pioneering Visionary, Perceptive Observer, Focused Innovator, Studious Expert, Intense Conceptualizer, Provocative Cynic, Isolated Nihilist, Terrified Alien, Imploded Schizoid, Destroyer, Detective, Evil Genius, Investigator, Mad Scientist, Organizer, Philosopher, Planner, Scientist, Strategist, Thinker

Ego Fixation
Stinginess, Retention

Sacred Ideal
Omniscience, transparency

Basic Desire
Mastery, understanding, to understand the world 

Basic Fear
Helplessness, incapability, incompetence, being overwhelmed by the world

Tendency
Replacing direct experience with concepts

Vice/Passion
Avarice

Virtue
Non-Attachment, Selflessness

Stress
When this character is pressured or threatened, he gets involved in rampant thoughts without following through on anything. 

Security
When this character is relaxed and secure, he's more straightforward and forthcoming without becoming bogged down in thought.

Focus
This character's focus goes to observing, concealing, and withholding.

Flaw
This character's character flaw is based on the incorrect belief that being self-sufficient will free him from needing things from others. He avoids intrusions and demands. 

Self Definition
I am knowledgeable. I am perceptive. I observant.

This character is most comfortable and at home when they’re left alone to think and analyze the world. He feels little need to alter his beliefs to accommodate majority opinion and he refuses to compromise personal freedom for the ideas of others. However, while he's comfortable in the world of thought, he's usually very uncomfortable when it comes to dealing with emotions, his own and others. He tends to be shy, non-intrusive, independent, and reluctant to ask for assistance.

Sometimes, he projects intellectual arrogance, which has the unfortunate consequence of creating distance between himself and others. Trying to connect with others can be difficult, as he's seldom comfortable with their social conventions, but when he does manage to connect with another person, he can be a devoted friend.

Background
This character was raised in a tense household with a great deal of arguing. He learned early not to trust the world and that situations can quickly turn to mayhem. Concentrating on one single problem or element of the world is how he manages all the chaos. 

This character literally loses himself in his mind. As a child, he always felt like an outsider, spending most of his time reading. Both parents were consumed by something. Perhaps they were musicians, scientists or educators, and never had time or energy to focus on this child. He learned to fit into the family structure by focusing on a comforting skill. 

Throughout his life, he's been misinterpreted as eccentric and a little loopy. In fact, however, he perceives the world more accurately than most people. He's gone through long periods of suffering in silence.

Education
Having, at least, an average intelligence and education, this character is very well informed and has always loved learning, in and out of school. He may be social and love talking with others, but does his real thinking alone. He has diverse interests.

Work
At work, this character is wise, perceptive, and analytic, seeing information and data as the lifeblood of the business. He's able to synthesize information and truly make informed decisions. He's attracted to work where data is important.

Relationships
This character can be perceptive, intelligent, and independent in a relationship. Others are often drawn to his self-sufficiency and ability to remain detached in the face of chaos. Eventually, others feel rejected by his need for privacy and alone time. He's excited by learning from others, but frequently requires time to warm up to people. He tends to be attracted to Type 8s, known for pushing through without too much thought, for friends and generally avoids Type 7s.

With Type 1 - The Reformer
While both characters share the quality of self-sufficiency, this quality creates challenges in communicating feelings. Type 1s can be preachy about how life should be, which makes this character withdraw as a protection. This could create a downward spiral as further judgment from Type 1s about what is wrong inspires more withdrawal in this character.

With Type 2 - The Helper
This relationship is an attraction of opposites. This character appreciates Type 2's support. Type 2s appreciate this character's intellect and restraint. Yet Type 2's helpful energy can feel intrusive and demanding to this character, who then withdraws. This results in an escalating cycle of intrusion by Type 2s and withdrawal by this character. Type 2s eventually feel rejected and withdraws all support.

With Type 3 - The Achiever
Type 3s and this character support each other in work projects and shared goals. Over time, conflict can build when this character needs private time to recharge, while Type 3s want to keep working. Type 3s can become frustrated with this character's over-analysis and seeming procrastination, resulting in further disconnection by this character who sees Type 3s as rushing through things. As neither character is too in touch with feelings, resolution through expression of personal feelings is unlikely. 

With Type 4 - The Individualist
Type 4's emotional depth and relationship focus and this character's thoughtful analysis tend to balance each other. However, in general, Type 4s wants more and this character wants less from the relationship. Type 4s can perceive this character as emotionally unavailable and controlling, while this character sees Type 4s as too emotional and difficult to satisfy. Type 4s become more demanding of attention as this character detaches.

With Type 5 - The Analyst
This character and Type 5s connect with shared intellectual interests and participation in projects. Their respect for boundaries and non-intrusiveness support the need for privacy and regeneration. This character and Type 5s relax with each other in this non-demanding climate. However, the same stance and qualities can lead to emotional distance and disconnection. They perceive each other as stingy or unavailable and ultimately feel lonely.

With Type 6 - The Loyalist
This character and Type 6s appreciate their shared characteristics of thoughtful analysis and respect for boundaries. Still, when this character becomes reclusive, Type 6s may project doubts and concerns about care and trust. If this happens, Type 6s may become intrusive and accusatory out of a need for more reassurance and involvement.  This character may then see Type 6s as making too many demands. In response, this character will most likely detach.

With Type 7 - The Enthusiast
This character appreciates Type 7's positive outgoing personality. Type 7s enjoy the thoughtfulness and independence of this character.  However, this character can perceive Type 7s as wanting too much attention. Type 7s can perceive this character as dampening enthusiasm and becoming unavailable. Although both types get angry in bursts, they tend to back off quickly to avoid negative or painful feelings. 

With Type 8 - The Challenger
This character's restraint and respect for boundaries and Type 8's expressiveness and engagement complement each other. Both characters value independence. However, for this character, Type 8's big energy can get invasive and intimidating, causing this character to detach in order to resist Type 8's domination. A cycle of withdrawal and challenge can occur with this character disappearing into unavailability and refusing to be dominated, while Type 8s become confrontational and angry.

With Type 9 - The Peacemaker
This character and Type 9's relationship can be a comfortable and supportive one, because both types can be steady and non-demanding. Both types tend to desire cooperation and avoid conflict. However, this character can be impatient with Type 9's indirectness and dependency. In turn, this character's indifference and subtle superiority can frustrate Type 9s. Type 9s, wanting more connection and involvement, then becomes stubborn, while this character detaches.

Introvert Type
Healthy (usually Hero or Love Interest)
This character is a genius. He's able to focus all energy on a single problem until it's solved. He's perceptive, intelligent, knowledgeable, and very skillful in a few areas, confident anything is possible, if he can focus all energy and concentration thought on it. 

He's an expert in his field. However, this introvert type searches inward for answers, always deep in thought and unconcerned with appearance. While he's most comfortable in his own mind working on a problem, this character is interestingly imaginative and charming. He possesses a quiet kind of charm that draws others to him. 

Dialogue Style
This introvert type spends much time in his head, thinking about concepts and philosophies. However, he quietly loves to share what he's discovered with others. This character has insight into the world that astounds others, knowing a great deal about a few subjects. He's charming, quick-witted, and clever. He's excellent at keeping secrets, no one can break into his vault, not even those closest to him. 

Dialogue examples: 
 "You like me? Why?"

Internal Dialogue: 
"I'm perceptive. I feel good when I'm wise."
"I must understand the world around me."

Average Health (usually secondary character)
This character has an intelligent, reserved, analytic mind. A possible genius, but he's slipped a little toward the madman end of the scale. He likes to analyze the world, but from the safety of his own mind. 

Having spent too much time in his head, he sometimes gets reality confused with fantasy. Everything he knows resides in the consciousness mind. He's unaware where the information comes from, reality or another part of his mind. 

This character is an eccentric, a possible ex-genius who was once a leading scientist. Until, he lost contact with reality and was discredited. This introvert type is less interactive with the environment, preferring to stay in the mind as much as possible. He often challenges accepted methods of doing things and may take an antagonistic stance against anything that interferes with his inner world. 

Dialogue Style
This character knows a great deal of facts about many subjects and is willing to state those facts. He's accurate about things which have tangible proof. He has a  tendency to add fantasy to things that are abstract. He's likely to have conspiracy theories or think things are not as they seem. Yet, he's profoundly intelligent and can manufacture very viable rationalizations for these theories.  

Dialogue examples: 
"Conform? Never."

Internal Dialogue: 
"I'm perceptive. I feel good when I'm wise."
"I must understand the world around me."

Unhealthy (usually Villain)
This character has slowly become a madman over the years. He's always possessed an analytic mind, usually concentrated in one area of knowledge. He's spent most of his life in his head, analyzing the world. 

This introvert type is less interactive with the environment. So he's particularly susceptible to paranoid delusions. He perceives the world as an unsafe and overwhelming place. 

As time progressed, he increasingly lost touch with reality in profound ways. Focusing on internal thought has always been a safe place for him. However, now that he's lost touch with reality, the source of his delusions originate from within his own head.

He's now ready to act on these delusions. He desires to destroy the world and start over, seize control to make the world a simpler and better place. He's socially isolated, negative about the world, and possibly addictive. 

Dialogue Style
This character is highly intelligent, but horribly misguided by his own mind. His mind has allowed incorrect facts to corrupt what he believes. Therefore, this character is likely to have crazy theories about how the world works, as well as paranoid delusions. However, he doesn't usually become a ranting maniac. There's a sensible logic or rationale to what he believes. Additionally, he speaks in an ordered and seemingly analytical way. 

Dialogue examples: 
"I hate that loud guy."
"Conform? Never."
"Don't trust the mailman."

Internal Dialogue: 
"I'm perceptive. I feel good when I'm wise."
"I must understand the world around me."

Story Arc Improvement
This character moves toward being more comfortable with what he knows about the world, an acceptance that he's done enough research and thought. Now it's time to live life. Perhaps, he realizes what he's missed during all this internal thinking. He may have missed seeing a child grow up or missed having a relationship. At this point, he becomes more outgoing and involved with people by teaching or mentoring others of this type. He learns to give. His energy flows outward instead of inward.

Story Arc Unchanged
This character is usually a helper to other characters. So, he doesn't usually change. If he does change, to help the hero, he becomes more healthy, finding a better grasp of reality. He may suddenly realize he's been mistaken and has just enough time to fix any wrongs that have been done. If this character becomes a hindrance to the hero, he'll lose contact with reality completely, becoming unpredictable and lost in his own fantasies. At this point, he can be a wild card, capable of doing terrific damage to the hero's cause.

Story Arc Decline
This character moves toward an unhealthy psychological state. He changes from being out of touch with reality to living completely in his own world, a world that seems simpler and makes sense to him. He's been pushed into stopping the madness by slipping further into madness. He'll either become suicidal to end it all or lash out at the world in a way that will change it forever. He's less interactive with the world. So, the possibility of retreating into his own world of madness is quite likely.

Extrovert Type
Healthy (usually Hero or Love Interest)
This character is a classic genius. A scientist and thinker, curious about the world around him. He's much more involved with the outside world than the introvert type, but ironically, is far less charming and personable. 

He's generally very knowledgeable about certain things, able to reason out any problem, and very perceptive about the world, an expert in his field. He lives in this world. He's studied it. He possesses an accurate and realistic view of the world. He's a researcher at heart, although not necessarily in books. He likes to get involved physically, running experiments, and learning all there is to learn from them. 

He possesses an outsider's perceptiveness about the world. He's very objective. He never seeks a leadership position, but, when pressed into it, can be very forceful and headstrong. 

Dialogue Style
This character may be annoyingly analytic, s kind of robot. He could be almost impossible to connect with emotionally, always concerned with why things are happening the way they are. He concentrates on physical data. So, he may mention items or situations in the environment and what he thinks they mean. He's excellent at keeping secrets, no one can break into his vault, not even those closest to him.

Dialogue examples: 
"That's real crystal."
"This material is soft, probably has cotton in it."
"I hate that loud guy."
"I don't feel like speaking up."

Internal Dialogue: 
"I'm perceptive. I feel good when I'm wise."
"I must understand the world around me."

Average Health (usually secondary character)
This character is an offbeat genius, having the potential for great thought. He's emotionally open to others, interested in how things work, and willing to take things apart to find out they function. However, if any fact or piece of information is missing, he creates the missing information through fantasy. He's given to creating wacky theories about how things work and less likely to share these with other people. 

This extrovert type interacts with the world. While he's involved in a very real way with the world, he's not completely in touch with it. He possesses much fear about the world, bordering on paranoia. He often challenges accepted ways of doing things. He may take an antagonistic stance against anything that interferes with his inner world. 

Dialogue Style
This character's dialogue can be interesting. He's usually very analytical, perhaps annoyingly so. He finds things around him interesting and worthy of analysis. However, he's not completely in touch with reality. He may be given to conspiracy theories. Although, the rationale for such theories are based on physical or experiential evidence. 

Dialogue examples: 
"Can you feel that? That's the government's doing." 

Internal Dialogue: 
"I'm perceptive. I feel good when I'm wise."
"I must understand the world around me."

Unhealthy (usually Villain)
This character is the classic mad scientist type. This extrovert type interacts with the world. So he'll probably seek solutions out in the world, as opposed to in his own mind. He knows many genuine facts, being extremely perceptive and knowledgeable about the world. Resultantly, he'll act in a scientifically sound way. 

Still, the wild world continuously annoys him to a point that it's time to end all the craziness once and for all. Having slipped from a data-driven, fact adherent, analyst of the world, he's slipped out of reality into his own version of the world, a safer, and less overwhelming place. Alternately, he might slip into fantasy and become a ranting lunatic, a paranoid, "the-end-is-near" kind of madman. 

Dialogue Style
As this character strolls down the path to madness, he'll begin making even less sense as he speaks. He'll exhibit paranoid feelings. He's likely to react outwardly, possibly accusing a stranger of being a conspirator in some plot against him. Alternately, he may slip into madness, ranting and raving about reality as he perceives it. He'll publicly declare his ideas, backing them up with incredible facts. 

Dialogue examples: 
"The end is near."
"The government knows about you from the cashier at the grocery store."
"We're all doomed."

Internal Dialogue: 
"I'm perceptive. I feel good when I'm wise."
"I must understand the world around me."

Story Arc Improvement
This character is most interactive with the world but can't seem to understand how other humans think. He's less likely to be outwardly friendly, choosing to analyze behavior instead. However, this character changes when he connects to another person and learns to put aside his analytic mind-set. He experiences life with this other, less-analytic person, and discovers how to enjoy experiences without discovering how it all works. He releases thought and learns to feel the world around him. Then he begins to give. His energy flows outward instead of inward.

Story Arc Unchanged
This character is usually a helper to other characters. So, he doesn't usually change. If he does change, to help the hero, he'll move toward a more accurate sense of the world and will come to this conclusion through some physical experience. If he becomes a hindrance to the hero, he loses all contact with reality, becomes unpredictable, and physically dangerous. Perhaps, he'll perceive the villain's plan as a better way to understand this world. While losing contact with the reality, He fails to understand the villain's plan will harm the world. The villain's plan simply makes sense to him.

Story Arc Decline
This character moves toward an unhealthy psychological state. He's experienced a fall from grace and reacts to that by lashing out at whomever or whatever he perceives caused that fall. He moves toward abandoning all the positive work he's done in the world  and begins to use his intelligence in a vengeful way. Once reality starts to slip away, he's shunned as a madman. Willing to play the role until the end, he becomes the madman. This usually results in his perceiving the world as much worse than  he originally thought. This culminates in either self-destruction or a complete mental breakdown.


Additional Resources
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