Doctor Strange: Stephen Strange [ISTP 3w4]

Functional Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

Stephen has absolutely no ability to understand irrational things or the (to him) nonsensical abstract teachings of the Ancient One. Until he understands the principles of magic, he cannot learn it; once he has figured out those, he quickly abandons “tradition and training” to “teach himself.” Once he masters the logic of magic, his learning increases to the point where he’s doing advanced magic far beyond his years, and all self-taught. He innovates shamelessly and has a little regard for the rules – stealing books from the library,  and trying out more advanced, even dangerous spells as soon as he learns them. For awhile, Stephen is utterly unconcerned with people’s feelings and lives – and only taking cases for the advancement of his own ego. The Ancient One accuses him of being egotistical and says that gets in the way of his magic. Stephen wants to take no case where he might fail, which might reflect poorly on his medical skills. He tries to establish bonds with people through emotional dynamics (telling jokes, trying to make them laugh, and teasing them) but is really rather poor with people. Stephen’s own emotions flare up easily and he can express himself well, from frustration to anger and resentment.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

He is a hands-on doctor, who “wings” pulling a bullet out of a man’s head – a dangerous procedure that relies only on his senses and the machine. He often finds himself reacting to and engaging with his environment in unexpected ways; Christine accuses him of “spending money as fast as you can make it.” His car accident is the result of reckless speeding while checking brain scans on his phone. He tries out dangerous magic from the forbidden sections of the library, because he doesn’t stop to think about the dangers of doing it. Stephen engages the villains beyond his own magical abilities, trusting he can somehow handle it and improvise in the moment – and he usually does. He’s a fast reactor and thinker. Stephen concerns himself with the future of his profession. He does not want to ruin a perfect record. He correctly guesses the Ancient One draws her source of power from the dark realm, even when the others argue there is no evidence to support it. But he struggles so much to understand the Ancient One’s incredibly complex metaphorical teaching methods that she literally must threaten his life before he grabs an abstract concept. He says they should put danger warnings at the top of the magic spell pages instead of the bottom, since by the time he reads them after doing the spell, it’s too late.

Enneagram: 3w4 social

The Ancient One tells Steven several times that his arrogance and self-absorption is a hindrance in learning and using magic skillfully. Initially, he only wants to learn it to serve himself and retain the fabulous career he had, where he could pick and choose whatever operations had the highest risk of success, thereby bringing himself further approval and prestige. He isn’t even thankful to the surgeons for saving his crushed fingers, but convinced he could have done a better job himself. Part of this selfishness comes from his unhealthy 4 wing, which dwells on his own feelings and experiences at the expense of other people. He throws tantrums, dwells in his misery, and alienates himself from the people who love him after his accident. Happily, this is only the beginning of his story. Strange, through a process of learning from his mistakes, gradually recognizes his place in the world and that he needs to help protect it, therefore shifting his perspective more into the world in a positive way.