MBTI Type: ESFJ
Unlike the calm, cool, collected murderer Brandon, Philip has a much stronger link not only to his moral conscience but also his emotional reactions. He finds them difficult to conceal, since he processes his feelings as things progress—reacting to them in “real time,” whether that is anger toward his partner for helping him commit the murder, fear at being caught, anxiety as the guests circle around the trunk containing the body, or sheer terror when Rupert zeroes in on him as the weak link in the room. Upon committing the crime, Philip almost instantly asks Brandon if “he felt anything” when they did it. He admits freely to his own feelings, that he felt scared of Brandon when they first met, and maybe wishes Brandon had been killed instead (to rid him of his terrible presence). He admits to all his worries and fears as the night runs on, and becomes increasingly more erratic and anxious. He is far more detail-oriented than Brandon, both in wanting to know their various excuses for moving the dinner things onto the trunk, and in noticing the rope’s presence at crucial moments. It needs to “make sense” to him, in order for him to trust it will “make sense” to their guests – there is a practical as well as a macabre reason for putting the dinner platters on the trunk. That way, no one will “open it”! But he’s still anxious about what might happen, and his low Ne runs away from him in anticipating how things are going wrong. He accurately intuits that Rupert has “found them out” and is coming back to confront them. His vague interest in moral philosophies allowed him to be talked into this “experiment” in the first place, but he generates no theories of his own. His inferior Ti has rationalized away the crime but is incapable of reining in his emotional responses, making him the crucial “revealing” weak point in their murder scheme.
Enneagram: 6w7 sp/so
Philip was “scared” of Brandon the first time they met, and has become a victim of him in the process – his trust misplaced in a dangerous sociopath. Though fearful of what they have done and the possible repercussions, Philip is also overly reliant on Brandon to reassure him – going to him each time anything goes wrong and trusting Brandon to think for him, the hallmark behavior of a low-health level 6. The 6 distrusts self and turns to others for support and a consensus. He is apprehensive about being disliked, and unable to control his escalating emotions as he reacts to whatever is happening in the room. His palpable nervousness causes Rupert to take note and discern the truth. His 7 wing makes him more reliant on Brandon than a 5 wing would be; he is openly visibly anxious and also wishes it was “all over with,” the natural avoidance desire of a 7 who wants to escape the pain of their mistakes.