Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: Jonathan Strange [ENFP 7w6]

Functional Order: Ne-Fi-Te-Si

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)

Jonathan’s future wife complains that he cannot seem to settle on a profession, but instead is ever chasing about ideas; he admits that though most of them were good, he could not make a success of them because he soon tired of the work involved. Jonathan is eager to banter any new idea about; he takes to the concept of magic quite easily, accepts that he is a magician, and is probably one of the two mentioned in the prophecy, and then sets out to simply use it. He cannot explain how he knows how to do things, except that it is a “feeling.” He is excellent at seeing opportunities in his environment to do remarkable, impulsive, and impressive magic… creating sand horses out of horse sand, roads across France, etc. He cannot explain the magic, only do it; Jonathan falls back on other magician’s details rather than create his own. He becomes quite interested in researching magic, down to the finer details, and is frustrated when Mr Norrell conceals certain forms of magic from him. He is not always cautious in his decisions, but has a sentimental attachment to his past and the people in it, particularly his wife (inferior Si).

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

When asked if a magician could use magic to kill a man, Jonathan says that he imagines it would be possible but “a gentleman would not do it,” meaning: he refuses. That is immoral and distasteful to him, so he does not entertain the thought. He is quite emotional and inclined to follow his heart over social conventions (“how long must one wait to propose after one’s father has died? Six months? A few weeks? Three days?”). Jonathan is emotionally devastated when his magic has severe repercussions (he cannot figure out how to reverse it, and save the poor lost souls from hellish torment). Logic is logic, and fact is fact, and magic is for a purpose. Jonathan follows this in how he handles it, always going for the most logical or tactical advantage to serve some greater cause. When confronted with problems, he tries out all the obvious solutions and then if it fails, cannot always figure out how to get out of the mess. Much of his later expertise comes from books, which he trusts to be accurate (since someone wrote them, after all, and must have known what they were doing). He tends to take things at face value in terms of objectivity.

Enneagram: 7w6 sexual

Jonathan is a bit flighty, impulsive, and erratic. He cannot settle on a profession because he likes the sound of them all, easily becomes bored once he starts, and moves on to something else. He does not like to face his own flaws or inner demons, choosing to look mostly on the bright side (immediately thinking of his marriage as soon as his father dies), because when he does go to a bad place, he disintegrates into 1 — and becomes very grim, dark, self-hating, and rigid. Jonathan wants to be liked, enjoys support and admiration, and for a time, trusts his co-magician as a source of power and authority, until he rebels and starts to distrust, question, challenge, and undermine him. He is arrogant and believes in himself – he is never given to self-doubt and assumes he can pull off magic without ever having studied it. He is compliant to his teacher for a time, until he realizes he will never allow Jonathan to learn at his own pace, then provokes him.