Functional Order: Ne-Fi-Te-Si
Sanditon is Tom’s “brain child” and the entire focus of his life – in his boundless desire to spread a good idea and make something of it. He has far more infectious enthusiasm for the great potential that the resort holds, and his dream of making it a “destination spot,” than he has the practical understanding, resources, or detail-focus that he needs to pull it off. Tom often must rely on others to pick up the pieces, to organize his bills, and tragically, neglects the fundamental details such as paying the insurance premiums, which means he almost brings them all to ruin. But despite his anxiety over not succeeding, he also has an overall sense of optimism and idealistic, somewhat naïve belief that it will all work out, somehow, especially if he can keep his wealthy benefactress happy with his progress. Charlotte accurately perceives, based on her own observation and the comments of his wife, that Tom is so wrapped up in his ideas and his feelings that he neglects his family in the process. He desperately tries to drum up business for Sanditon, but because he has no general ability to sense how others are feeling or find common ground with them, his efforts in public can seem forced, desperate, or arrogant. He prioritizes his projects with Te, but again, weighs the pros and cons ineffectively – forcing his brother to step in and rescue him on numerous occasions by bringing wealthy clients into town, for marrying someone who can rescue them financially. Sidney berates Tom for being foolish enough to “gamble with the insurance” and lose – a combination of Tom’s lack of attentiveness to logical statics, and practicality (low Te, and inferior Si failing to set up a stable base upon which to operate out of).
Enneagram: 3w2 so/sp
Tom is ambitious, goal-oriented, and driven. He is forever working, and thinking about ways to succeed. Even when he is out of his depth, he refuses to admit that to anyone apart from his brother. Appearances matter a great deal to him. He frets over whether his workers will show up for appearances’ sake at a local cricket game, after he has not paid them for weeks. He wants the most elite people at his balls and various events, to draw important clients and give the impression of success. He boasts of their resort and easily sells his idea to others. But he also has the sad trait of an average-health-level 3 of refusing to admit to his financial mistakes. When he’s about to be ruined, he uses the last of his money not to pay his employees but to buy his wife an expensive necklace and pretend it’s all okay. Sidney must force him to admit to his grievous mistakes and encourage him to own up to and do something about them. In the final episode, Tom shows growth in admitting the truth to his wife and striving to care more about his family and their trust than his job or success. His 2 wing is gregarious, warm, and approachable, but also makes him more self-conscious than a 4 wing might be, and more eager for public recognition.