It's funny that they use the phrase "collecting ideas" because a while back I used pretty much that same phrase to describe what I do to my brother...although I think I said I "hoarded ideas and information".
Knowledge, understanding, and insight are thus highly valued by Fives, because their identity is built around “having ideas” and being someone who has something unusual and insightful to say. For this reason, Fives are not interested in exploring what is already familiar and well-established; rather, their attention is drawn to the unusual, the overlooked, the secret, the occult, the bizarre, the fantastic, the “unthinkable.” Investigating "unknown territory"—knowing something that others do not know, or creating something that no one has ever experienced—allows Fives to have a niche for themselves that no one else occupies. They believe that developing this niche is the best way that they can attain independence and confidence. Thus, much of their time gets spent "collecting" and developing ideas and skills they believe will make them feel confident and prepared. They want to retain everything that they have learned and “carry it around in their heads.”
Have you ever taken a personality test? Do you ever feel a little relieved when you read a correct diagnosis? Like maybe now that you know what your problem is you can move forward better?
Sorry this is kind of a boring post about myself, but I find it so fascinating! What personality type are you?