MBTI Type: INTJ
Cromwell has high aspirations for what impact he wants to have on England; he uses the king’s “Great Matter” to make Reformist gains within the country, and then uses the king’s good graces to dissolve the monasteries and flood the coffers, to replenish the treasury. He has little regard for the “superstitions of the past,” but sees and takes opportunities to create lasting alliances, among them his friendship with Chapuys, even though they share opposing faith-based views. His long-term vision for establishing alliances causes him to entice Henry into a marriage with Anne of Cleves; the king’s inability to find her attractive or consummate the marriage brings about Cromwell’s downfall. He has reasons for everything he does, and they are not malicious, just tactical. When he sees Wolsey about to implode in terms of losing power and influence, he steps into his shoes and uses it as a chance to move toward becoming Lord Chancellor. He imprisons, tortures, and executes people, but never out of maliciousness or for personal gain; always to keep his power and accomplish things for the king. Cromwell easily sees how to replenish the depleted treasury by dissolving the monasteries and finds Anne’s desire to contribute those funds toward charitable institutions perplexing. He does not offer up much personal information, nor ever become overtly emotional. But a lot of his choices do haunt his conscience; he’s not above dropping to his knees in prayer to beg for mercy, salvation, or forgiveness. He almost entirely represses his inferior Se, but makes impulsive, poor judgments when pressured to act, failing to respond to the king’s demands to “get rid of” Anne of Cleeves soon enough to satisfy him.
Enneagram: 3w4 sp/so
Cromwell is an enigma, as many 3s are — secretive and self-trusting; even the king knows almost nothing about his personal life. He does not open up or share easily, but instead uses a detached model of contemplation and effectiveness to bring about desired change. He is ambitious and competitive, able to make friends anywhere and use whatever resources are available to extend his influence. His rational detachment makes him capable of making hard decisions and carrying out the king’s will, although at times he confesses regret over his actions (feeling sympathy for Katharine of Aragon and Sir Thomas More). Under pressure, he capitulates and becomes conflict-avoiding, disintegrating into a 9ish desire to please the king. His 4 wing is elitist and deeply introspective, even moody and mournful about his losses.