Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi
Adams’ first tendency when seeing a problem is to step in and solve it. He is comfortable ordering others around, heading up committees, and encouraging others to move into action. He believes in holding to a schedule, in being responsible, and in attending to work before all else. Adams grows impatient with others’ inefficiencies and sometimes outright insults them because he feels they are not driven enough to reach a universal goal. Adams doesn’t trust the public to govern itself, so he believes in establishing a strong central government. His ability to put aside his feelings to do what is necessary to further their Revolution sometimes causes conflict with his wife. His tendency to want his sons to bend to his will rather than follow their own dreams alienates him from Charles and causes friction with his wife. His own inability to relate to, understand, or properly execute his emotions makes him dismissive of others’ feelings, leading him to insult people rather than affirm them. He admits to this failing when he asks Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence for him, as Jefferson is not “obnoxious and unpopular.” Adams can be petulant whenever under extreme stress, and in those situations, when overly attacked and criticized, he tends to take things personally. He actually prefers being home, in a familiar place, tending the family farm, to sitting in Congress. Adams becomes homesick in France for his family and former lifestyle. He is frustrated enough with the current system to want to revise it, but reverts back to traditionalism in certain of his ideas (once rid of King George, he starts scheming how to address Washington with royal and aristocratic titles). He is frustrated with one of his sons, because the boy doesn’t adhere to socially appropriate expectations – he is too frivolous, careless, and pleasure-seeking. Adams knows that trying to placate the monarchy is useless, and that the response will be negative to their pleas. He argues against the futuristic consequences of Hamilton’s decisions, calling him “short-sighted,” but is never specific in future predictions. He makes suppositions on how history will interpret their lives and stories. He is good at seeing the broader implications of social policy and political maneuvering, but not always decent at sensing what is going on with his children. Ideas sometimes carry him away; but he also has a decent wit, and a playful nature.
Enneagram: 8w9 so/sp
John reacts from the gut, often coming across as domineering, forceful, and intimidating. He often lashes out in anger in Congress and insults his fellow Congressmen. Witnessing the barbaric treatment of a dock master, when he’s tarred and feathered, John concludes that people are “wicked, and need governed.” He carries this policy over into his political beliefs, attempting to instill strong legislation to keep people in line (which conflicts with Jefferson’s idealism). His 9 wing, however, does not like excess conflict and tries to smooth things over, especially with his wife, whenever he has gone too far. He is hardworking, dedicated, inclined to put his feelings aside to finish projects, and feels angry when he has no useful purpose.