MBTI Type: INTP
The first question Van Helsing asks when he gets off the train after being informed of his daughter’s death is, “What happened? How could it have happened?” He wants to hear all the factual details of what transpired, and then begins to draw rational conclusions from them that others do not initially accept. When Lucy asks him his thoughts, he asks whether she believes in corporeal transference, astral bodies, and other such things. Though he learns some disturbing information (namely that Dr. Seward prescribed her laudanum for sleepwalking) about his daughter, he remains objective about what he must do, to end her suffering (“I must… cut out her heart… or we shall become such as she”). He warns Jonathan against allowing his emotions to get in the way of his sound thinking (“She is not who she was, Jonathan”). Van Helsing begins to draw intuitive conclusions the minute he arrives – he hears about the “great loss of blood,” looks up vampire bats in the library, and instantly suspects Count Dracula, as the newest member of the community, is the cause. He senses the connection between him and Lucy and warns her against it. Once certain of what he knows, he begins to gather evidence to prove it, digging up his daughter’s grave to find her vanished, going down into the mines to discover where she went, using her ghoulish appearance and subsequent inability to appear in a mirror to convince Jonathan and Dr. Seward. He relies a great deal on previous experience passed down through generations of superstitions, knowing that crosses, symbols of the Eucharist, and other relics ward off vampires, but also “I underestimated your powers to move about in daylight, Count.” He trusts, having seen Dracula and then Mina’s transformation, that Lucy will follow the same course, and become a minion of the count’s will (“Now you must believe… she has gone to warn him!”). His lower Fe is warm and knows how to approach Lucy with something she will accept, even if she disbelieves his superstitions (he gifts her a cross meant for Mina, and urges her to “never take it off,” knowing he cannot convince her vampires exist).
Enneagram: 5w6 so/sp
Van Helsing manages to remain detached even in disturbing circumstances – he saves his anguish over his daughter’s death until he has handled the situation, he keeps a clear head when they find an infant murdered in the asylum and hear a terrifying story of a woman with “eyes as red as coals, and her lips all drawn back, and these dreadful teeth!” He urges Jonathan to keep a cool head and not allow Lucy to question or intimidate or seduce him. He methodically researches vampires and then systematically intends to disturb and pollute Dracula’s earth so he cannot find rest, before staking him. He has a suspicious, distrustful mind that instantly latches onto Dracula as a threat, and believes in mystical thinking – which, as it turns out, is correct. His 6 wing gathers others about him in his efforts to defeat their adversary, has a warm and corrective side, and is distrustful of newcomers.