MBTI Type: INTJ
Jefferson ponders things a long time (Adams is annoyed that it takes him so long to speak up with his opinion), but once he reaches a conclusion, he sticks to it – he firmly denounces and abhors England for its abuses, and has a callous, futuristic-mindset about the French Revolution. Once Hamilton introduces the idea of establishing credit by plunging the new government into debt, Jefferson argues against the futuristic implications. He and Adams differ on their desires for the new nation, which sets them at odds with one another. His desire to abolish slavery at the same time he introduces independence shows a semi-idealistic, somewhat unrealistic desire for America’s future prospects. He loves France. The culture, the social graces, the court, the operas… the new experiences. He enjoys seeing Abigail react to them as well. He, rather recklessly, pushes Washington to involve them in the American Revolution, eager to leap on opportunism in the moment, but shows little tendency to pleasure-seek outside French society. When Adams points out the unlikehood of convincing the Southern Colonies, who make profit off slaves, into agreement, Jefferson sacrifices the ideal for rationality and practicality. He drafts the Declaration of Independence (and other documents), and takes a severe interest in politics, in setting policy, and in choosing alliances. He shocks the Adams family by stating his belief that the blood of tyrants and patriots must be shed to water “the tree of Liberty” (showing callousness toward the French aristocracy). Jefferson runs an effective (smear) campaign against Adams. Once believing Adams’ decisions are “wrong” for America, Jefferson agrees to take on a prominent political position – and run for President. He, wisely, keeps many of his opinions to himself, aware of the political fall-out, but he sees Hamilton’s decisions as so “irrational” that he emotionally reacts, calls Hamilton an idiot, and argues with him. Washington’s appeals and orders that the two play nicely together has zero effect – Jefferson flat out refuses to engage with people he doesn’t like. He is incredibly personal in his opinions; he politely brushes off Abigail’s sorrows about his wife, and refuses to share his devastated emotions. He can be flirtatious and good natured with people he likes.
Enneagram: 1w9 sp/so
Jefferson is a withdrawn man, who keeps his emotions to himself, but who is sensitive to the situation and has a strong tendency to voice firm opinions. He frequently gets into argument with Hamilton about what’s right for the nation, and out of his resentment toward Hamilton’s desire to get them in debt. His ideals are so high, he’s seen as irrational by his friends once he comes out in support of the French Revolution (rather than concern for the people being killed, he says the tree of liberty needs fed by blood now and again). He and Adams dislike each other for a long time over mutual resentments over how the States are run, and he doesn’t make the first move in making up. 1s can hold grudges for a long time. He refuses to back down when his opinions are involved, but also shows a 9ish tendency to withdraw, leave the room, and ignore people he doesn’t like. Jefferson doesn’t voice his opinions in Congress for a long time, which causes others to assume he has none.