Function Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi
Van Helsing’s first mode of operation is to assess situations, judge them on a rational basis, and then take decisive action – he does not mince words when discerning whether Jonathan has been infected with the vampire brides’ bloods, nor does he hesitate to track down an undead Lucy, cut off her head, and stuff her full of garlic. He goes into Dracula’s castle alone in daylight and dispatches all the brides he finds there, and is equally willing to do the same to Mina, if necessary. Van Helsing operates entirely on his hunches – once he arrives in London, he quickly deduces Lucy has been bitten by a vampire and her time is short, he has similar suspicions about Mina, and he sets out to discern immediately upon meeting Jonathan whether he has been bitten or not, since his futuristic focus means finding and eliminating “problems.” He is able to be ‘seduced’ despite awareness of vampire seduction techniques while also being conscious enough of what is happening to resist it and rebuke the powers of darkness; he indulges in good food and is not afraid to change his plans when necessary. His inferior Fi shows in his unawareness of anyone’s feelings (he is emotionally cold and careless toward Mina, when talking about Lucy, and toward Lucy’s suitors who are in love with her; he frankly tells them, if they love her, it is a great kindness to put her soul to rest).
Enneagram: 8w9 so/sp
Van Helsing has a direct, no-nonsense manner about him. He is quickly able to see the truth of people and past their lies to the deeper motives at work in their lives, and does not hesitate to point out the best method to dispatch vampires into hell. Van Helsing does not want to be controlled and is unafraid in how he calmly deals with the “minions of darkness.” His 9 wing gives him a slight edge of being social, and temps down on his 8 aggression, so he can come across as charming and mild-mannered. Under stress, he tends to analyze the situation and detach from his feelings like a 5.