Warren Buffet's Personality Type

I've been reading Warren Buffet's biography lately, and while he may come across to the public as an honest, hard-working, accessible guy who just happens to be one of the world's richest men, there are some things I read about his relationship with his family that really provoke me.  In terms of his personality type, he's a Type Five, which Oscar Ichazo calls "Ego-stinginess"- stinginess with Fives can be in the form of money, but in an overarching sense, it's with their energy (they like to be alone to think and process their thoughts), and tend to appear rather dry emotionally (although they can experience emotions intensely, they seem to process them through a logic filter immediately upon sensation that helps  make sense of them first before experiencing them.)  What they're afraid of most of all is emotional overwhelm.  As Sandra Maitri says, "Driven by an inner sense of scarcity and emptiness, they behave as though afraid that the little they have might be taken from them and so needs to be safeguarded. (Maitri, 2000).

Anyway, his relationship with his family bugs me because my dad is also a Five, and, not unlike Buffett, is also scared of spoiling his children.  When we were kids, a line that was burned into my memory was "pretend you're on an island".  I remember sitting at the kitchen table- my sister and I had just been given bananas as dessert by our mother, and we couldn't open them, so we asked our strong dad to do it.  "Nope", he said in hopes of instilling us with the same resourcefulness as Buffett, "pretend you're on an island".   Looking back, I don't know if my work ethic really stems from those tearful encounters.  My work ethic turned out ok, but to this day, I despise asking for help because I can't stand the thought of being a burden to someone.  (We're all healing from childhood wounds, few of which our parents intended.)

Despite his type's main characteristic of avarice, Buffett seems to have found enough inner security to give billions away, which is great, and I admit, I am a fan of his homespun financial management principles, and some day I hope to be able to be a fraction as generous as he is,  but I'm curious how his wife Susie, and his children Susan, Howard, and Peter have been impacted by his repeated warnings that "they should not expect a penny of [the money]."  From this article, it appears on the surface that they all have healthy attitudes about the wealth distribution, so maybe I'm just projecting, but I still wonder how else it shows up in their own unconscious behavioral patterns.  Certainly, having a type two mother (Susan is a Two, same as my mom) means you're taught to see the positive in everything, and disregard anything hurtful that needs processing...