MBTI Type: ISTP
Jeff sits and stews in his apartment after breaking his leg, because he was reckless and taking photos in the middle of a racetrack. He turns all of his attention to the unethical practice of spying on people through their windows, and only after he witnesses a woman’s near-assault and her emotional breakdown does he conclude that someone else was right, and perhaps it’s wrong of him to peep in at someone’s “personal life.” He is insatiably curious, but also caught up in thinking extensively about things, which makes him particularly susceptible to pondering what happened to a woman who vanished one day, what it could mean that her husband went out three times that night carrying a metal case, the reason for the dog digging in the flower garden (and the subsequent murder of the dog), etc. He becomes convinced by watching people that the man has murdered his wife, cut up the body, and taken it out in the case—all through observation of details, leading him to a singular and unshakable conclusion that he doesn’t deviate from, even when the police provide him with evidence that proves him wrong. (At one point, he says they almost convinced him, but then the dog died, and that proves the man is guilty!) One of his reasons for not wanting to marry Lisa is that he might have to give up his photographer’s lifestyle of being a nomad, living out of a suitcase, and being in dangerous situations; the idea of settling down and having a normal life as a professional high-quality photographer makes him ill. He also has a cynical view of marriage being a negative, trapping experience, reinforced by his observation of the unhappy couples all around him; but he refuses to see marriage any other way, and seems incapable of changing his mind. His low Fe doesn’t want to fight with Lisa, but also refuses to get emotionally involved in their relationship, causing him to feel bad when she leaves for the night, but then not be sure of how to comfort her when she comes back the next day (she complains that his body is there, but his head is a million miles away). He becomes emotional at the thought of losing her.
Enneagram: 6w5 sp/so
Jeff is a cranky cynic who doesn’t think his future has any positive things about it in terms of marriage—he finds fault with everything and looks for reasons to avoid being in a romantic relationship or tying the knot, because he sees it as a frightening thing. Marriage means misery and misfortune, and there’s no way Lisa could ever adapt to his lifestyle; he points out all the things that could go wrong, instead of focusing on the positive potential their relationship contains. He’s quick to leap to negative assumptions about his neighbors, and to suspect one of them of murder, making up stories about what happened to fit the clues and ultimately, he is proven right about the man’s lack of character. The woman who takes care of him complains that he over-thinks about things – she says it used to be a man and a woman would like each other, and get married, but now they have to read psychology books about it. It’s true that Jeff is always looking for excuses not to get involved emotionally or otherwise, and he has a bleak outlook on life. But he can also be charming enough that Lisa adores him and wants to marry him. He worries constantly about her safety once she leaves his side, begging her not to take any chances and fearing the suspect will leave town before they get a chance to arrest him. He also trusts the police and turns to them immediately, showing a deference to authority. But he has unshakable views as well, and is stubborn about them, per his 5 wing focusing on his “wild” theories.