Vertigo: Scottie Ferguson [ISTJ 5w4]

Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Scottie is a methodical detective, who patiently follows a man’s wife all over San Francisco, gathering detailed information about her behavior in an attempt to understand its erratic nature. He gathers clues that link her to the “spirit” of a woman who committed suicide, and initially believes she has done the same. When Scottie meets Judy a few months later, he immediately notices how much she resembles Madeline, the woman he loved… and becomes suspicious. He wants to recreate everything they did together, and how she looked, in an attempt to prove that Judy and Madeline are the same person. His low Ne is reluctant to believe in anything he cannot see, and assumes that coincidences are not a rational response to most situations.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Often blunt and factual, Scottie initially finds the idea of a woman being possessed by a dead ancestor to be absurd. He sets out to prove it wrong and focuses mostly on the facts he gathers along the way, from Madeline’s habitual behaviors (visiting the house where the woman lived many years ago, carrying around her flowers, even throwing herself into the river beneath the same bridge) to “exactly what he wants” when he attempts to remake Judy into Madeline. Scottie can be so set on having his way, he doesn’t take into consideration how Judy feels about it. His Fi knows what it wants, and stubbornly insists on it. In the process, he bends her to his will, out of her desire to please him.

Enneagram: 5w4 sexual

Scotty is an extremely logical man, but also has a morbid side. He does not move on from Madeline and even wants to recreate another woman in her image, to prove they are the same person. This speaks to the 5’s tendency to live “outside” rational thinking, while still being focused on the specifics of a situation. Though temporarily blindsided by his own vertigo, Scottie determines to cure himself, by gradually becoming used to heights. He remains a bachelor late into his life, and is obtuse to the affections of the woman who loves him, showing his desire to remain detached and watch the world from the sidelines. His 4 wing cannot let go of the past, and clings hard to it, trying to remake a woman into his ideal rather than release her. Scotty can be melancholic and want her to suffer for having made him suffer.