459 is one of the most socially withdrawn tritypes. This type needs to
be able to take the time to be alone with their thoughts and feelings to
sort through and better understand the outside world. 4 brings an
emotional intensity as well as a rejection of pressures go conform
itself to the world. 5 brings a depth of knowledge and a hunger for more
that is hard to satisfy. Combined with 9’s preference for withholding
judgement, this makes the 459 both a deep thinker and a deep feeler.
459s can be at risk of becoming too withdrawn from the world to the
detriment of their own happiness when they begin to expect others to
always reach out for them without ever reaching themselves.
This character was formerly written 觸, a combination of 角 horn and 蜀 caterpillar. Here 蜀 is a phonetic element expressing “make contact,” while lending its own connotations of a bug clinging to a leaf. Originally 觸 referred to “horns making contact” with something, i.e. “goring.” In Japanese, this led to the current meanings of “make contact” in a broader sense, including “feel” and “touch.” In the modern form, 虫 insect has replaced 蜀 caterpillar.