The Green Book: Tony Vallelonga [ISTP 8w9]

Functional Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

Tony has a certain view of how the world works, and holds to it. He knows that you do a job, you get paid, you go home happy, so he’s willing to drive around someone he doesn’t like just to bring home a decent paycheck. He negotiates well for his terms and isn’t about to alter his mind without a damn good reason. Tony is emotionally detached in his decisions, although over time, he becomes more insistent on “protecting” his friend. His inferior Fe shows in his desire to be humorous and have a good time, to find a way to connect to his stoic passenger in the back seat. He resists initial attempts from others to challenge his racist attitudes, driven from growing up Italian, but eventually comes to alter them through his personal friendship with Donald Shirley.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

He is a man of happy excesses – he over-eats, he over-drinks, he over-indulges, he involves himself in bar fights when the situation calls for it. Clubs use him as a “bouncer” because he’s not above shoving someone out the back door or knocking a few heads together when necessary. Tony leaps into action when he sees a chance to make a few bucks. He also thinks fast on his feet, which lands him in jail once or twice. He takes an interest in his passenger, and comes to conclusions about him that are insightful, but doesn’t think about his future much beyond what money can buy. Tony doesn’t mind, however, spending time alone in his hotel room to unwind, showing a capacity to lay off his Se (beyond eating an entire pizza by himself) and relax.

Enneagram: 8w9 sp/so

Tony is a loudmouth who says whatever he is thinking, who isn’t afraid to use force when necessary, and who isn’t about to back down on his opinions. He also knows, as many 8s do, when to keep his mouth shut and just drive. But his boisterous, “live a little” attitude eventually wears down Shirley’s defenses and gets him to try a little fried chicken. And then try a little black music. And then go out and have fun, once a restaurant refuses to let him eat in the dining room. Tony offers to beat them up on his behalf, but Shirley refuses. His 9 wing doesn’t like conflict or to have people upset with him that much. Shirley forces him to back up the car and “pick up his litter” after he chucks his drink on the side of the road.

Review: The Green Book (2018).