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259 - The Problem Solver Archetype

According to Katherine Fauvre

Community descriptions

Karkino (Personality Cafe)[1]

2+5: The Advisor

  • Double rejection.
  • Pairing that is the most interested in learning about why people do what they do.
  • Appear emotionally guarded by amiable at the same time.
  • Pairing opposing two different polarities that can be difficult to sustain harmoniously.
  • Oscillate between the need to reach out to others and retreat inside their minds.
  • Often attentive and observant of other’s many needs and behaviors.
  • Good listeners: want to understand what people have to say without being intrusive.
  • Sociable, but they need a lot of alone time.
  • Deny their own needs and may think that others might need them and not the reverse.
  • Less likely than other TWOs to feel openly entitled and resentful of others if they don’t show immediate appreciation for services and deeds.
  • Often express anger and hostility in an indirect manner, even if core EIGHT.
  • Can spend a long time of their day observing and analyzing people.
  • Often have hidden intentions, not truly open with what they want.
  • Learn early how they can be of service and appreciated while not being overwhelmed by their environment.
  • Help people by giving out advices, tips and personal knowledge.
  • Pride comes from being knowledgeable and not feeling the need to spend too much time with people to be satisfied.
  • Often provide help, then return to the shadows when they are done.
  • Some people with this combination make very good psychologists, advisors, etc.
  • Often more comfortable with one-on-one conversation than with a crowd.
  • Manage avarice by limiting and controlling time and resources allocated to people.
  • The 5 fix helps the core 2 to pull back from the action and be more aware of the subtle interactions and be interested in it.
  • The 2 fix helps the core 5 to pitch in and be part of the group and understand that they can profit emotionally from what they know.

2+9: The Benevolent

  • Double positive outlook.
  • Pairing that is the most gentle and non-threatening.
  • Dreamy, yet also focused on others.
  • Often disown anything that could be perceived as negative or problematic.
  • Want to be uplifting in a soft, healing way.
  • Unassertive, may not know how to deal with conflict.
  • Like to comfort people with encouraging words.
  • Want to be liked and be seen as easygoing, comforting.
  • May want to give general advice that is non-specific yet helpful.
  • Manage their anger and need by forgetting themselves and by merging with what others want.
  • Can secretly feel unnoticed, depreciated and lonely.
  • Often genuinely care for others even if not always apparent.
  • Help people by easing out the anxiety and soothing out the emotional pain.
  • It’s hard to see their pride since the NINE part will even deny of having any of it.
  • Love seeing everyone they love together in harmony, especially if they’ve contributed to it.
  • Usually quite humble and unaware of their sense of pride.
  • Often have a delicate and mellow personality.
  • This is the quietly positive person that doesn’t mind doing menial tasks to help people.
  • The 9 fix helps the core 2 to see all points of views and be of assistance in a non-intrusive way.
  • The 2 fix helps the core 9 be more proactive in taking into account the needs of others and assert their need for appreciation.

5+9 The Observer

  • Double withdrawn.
  • Paring that is the most introverted and removed from action.
  • This is the invisible person or the hermit archetype.
  • They are wise in a quiet way and don’t dispense their knowledge needlessly.
  • Probably one the least likely pairing to fancy a lavish lifestyle.
  • Like to take their time to understand things their own way.
  • Constantly aware of their energy levels and want to preserve their fuel.
  • Tend to be curious about a plethora of subjects but may not necessarily delve deep into all of them.
  • Their shyness can put a damper on their intelligence.
  • May run the risk of disengaging with the world as means of protecting their integrity.
  • Very passive and does not appear proactive or full of energy at first.
  • May become argumentative if they hold strong opinions but don’t push them too much if there is a possibility for conflict.
  • Want to understand concepts and information their own way.
  • Can easily disappear in social settings.
  • It’s like they are not physically present.
  • Avarice is managed through limiting their interaction with the outside world and making themselves unimportant.
  • Whenever they feel anxiety or anger, they want to retreat into their world to process the emotion.
  • Hide their discomfort and their identity to a certain extent.
  • Feels overwhelmed very easily by external stimulation and expectations.
  • It’s quite easy for them be disengaged with the present situation and be in their own world.
  • The 9 fix helps the core 5 have a broader and a non-judgmental perspective.
  • The 5 fix helps the core 9 by going deeper into their understanding of people and things, narrowing the scope.

Personality Types blog[2]


This is a more generous, social and good-natured Five, who genuinely enjoys helping others out and being in a relationship with them. Although they do require their alone time, Fives of this tritype tend to be more personable and they make wonderful advisors and counselors as long as they can keep behind the scenes. They are rather attracted to human sciences (psychology, sociology) and have a natural flair for moderating conflicts and solving people’s problems.
typical subtypes: social, 5w4
similar tritypes: 5-9-2, 2-5-9
flavours: friendly, understanding, cooperative and humanistic


Rather easy-going, modest and amiable, these Fives are usually pleasant to have around because of their friendly nature and deeper understanding of the human needs and frailties. They are less judgemental and critical than other Fives and prefer to focus on the better side of things and people and work on exploring and improving these. They also have a somewhat holistic approach to life’s problems and questions – they tend to prefer the general to the particular and aren’t always very scientifically thorough.
Typical subtypes: self-preserving, social, 5w4
Similar tritypes: 5-2-9, 9-5-2
Flavours: agreeable, relaxed, friendly and spiritual


[1] Karkino (2021), Enneagram Pairings Revised & Expanded Edition
[2] Personality Types Blog (2009), Tritype Descriptions: Five

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