Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi
Benjamin feels at ease controlling his environment. He easily keeps his children in line, and asserts his opinions without concern for how others will take his logical wisdom; he questions the merit of exchanging a king for a local government, since both can take away freedoms; he wonders who will care for his children if he goes to war. He is quick to take decisive action (giving his sons guns and telling them how to pick off the officers, and laying out a plan for them to follow); he feels comfortable leading the militia and coming up with action plans (firing from the safety of trees, sneaking aboard a ship to blow it up, manipulating Cornwallis into freeing his men). His own experiences in the war, and his shame over his brutal behavior, largely influence his perception of the war and his opinions as regards his children fighting in it. Benjamin uses the knowledge earned through his experiences to ensure the safety of his men in the present, by adopting similar tactics. Though initially he resists involvement, Benjamin finds a sense of unity in acting in tandem with the other Revolutionaries. He learns much from Cornwallis’ journals about the art of war, and uses it against him. He is detail-oriented in his instructions. He is willing to listen to new ideas and adopt them, and is creative in coming up with new ways to accomplish tasks (fighting from the shelter of trees, fooling British soldiers, using the militia to confuse Cornwallis and make him over-confident). Benjamin is a bit of a romantic, who also senses what is really going on with the people around him (Gabriel’s fondness for Anne, Charlotte’s affections for him, Cornwallis’ arrogance, etc). He has a playful, almost childish sense of humor at times in his teasing of others, and an intense spirituality that drives him. His intense study of Cornwallis’ diary reveals his desire to learn. Because he so distances himself from his emotions, Benjamin struggles at times to control them; he has a notoriously bad temper. But, he is also respectful of others’ need for individuality – though he argues with Gabriel, he permits him to make his own choices and follow his heart. Benjamin struggles to show affection in words, instead choosing to act through deeds (inferior Fi).
Enneagram: 6w5 sp/so
Benjamin is careful and aware of dangers; he can be passive in front of the British to protect his family, which his son mistakes for cowardice, but he’s actually sizing up the situation. He is less reckless and more able to plan than Gabriel. Thoughtful, deliberate, and distrusting, Benjamin has a cool head and does not like to act from impulse. He uses his 6 questioning to spot potential negative outcomes and plan ahead for them; his 5 wing gives him some self-reliance and trust in his own conclusions and abilities. He uses what knowledge comes to him, but also maintains a good-natured, even funny, rapport with his men (6). He’s logical, rational, and careful, sure of himself and deliberate.