42: Jackie Robinson [ISTJ 8w7]

Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Jackie is an expert and almost “super-human” ball player because he is so passionate about it, he has spent countless hours perfecting his technique and coming up with his trademark moves, including base-stealing. He defaults to that as a way to advance their overall score, in just about every game he plays, psyching out the pitcher in the meantime. When during spring training, they want him to play a different base, Jackie admits a little apprehension because “I have never played there before,” but soon picks it up and adjusts to the larger glove. When looking upon his newborn child, Jackie shares a story about how his father was not there for him growing up, but “I am going to be here for you, every day until I die.” Not having a father impacted him so much, he’s determined to live a traditional life, and not make his father’s same mistakes. To break the cycle. His inferior Ne mis-reads some situations (instead of thinking himself in danger when he’s woken in the middle of the night and shuffled off somewhere else, Jackie says, “Shoot, I thought you were going to tell me I was cut from the team!”).

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

He knows how to get what he wants, using logical means of persuasion. When a gas station attendant tells him he cannot use the bathroom, Jackie tells them to stop filling up their gas tank – “We’ll buy our 99 gallons of gas somewhere else.” When a journalist asks him if he’s pushing an agenda on the field, and if not, what are you doing this for? Jackie fires off, “To get paid.” He is able to keep his temper, because he remembers what he is doing this for – a lot of money, plus breaking the color barrier. His boss convinces him that it is better to be a man “strong enough” to stand up for himself who won’t, if it is for a greater cause. He is a man of few words, but strong convictions. Jackie is often lost in his head, and disinterested in other people – he’s unaware of the need for “small talk” and shows no interest in befriending his journalist tag-along (just in getting a ride back and forth). Jackie is able to withstand the racism and persecution aimed his way at becoming the first black man in “a white man’s game” on an all-white team, because he has a strong personal conviction of who he is, what he stands for, and what he intends to be, including “there for my family… in a way my father never was.” His wife says of him that he is “thick-skinned,” because he doesn’t care what others think of him, “only who I know I am.” He also says, “I don’t think it matters what I believe, only what I do.”

Enneagram: 8w7 self-preservation

Jackie is explosive and temperamental, often hot-headed and assertive; when a teammate blames him for them not being allowed to stay in a hotel, he demands to know what the man meant by that and challenges him to a fight. He has a reputation for losing his temper over racial segregation and slurs, which cause others to be apprehensive about whether or not he can “control himself” on the field. Jackie is able to do this, in support of something far greater than himself – he admits it is hard, but that he is “living a sermon out there” (of turning the other cheek). But he breaks bats on walls and screams out of the public eye. He has a strong desire to participate in life and avoid thinking about his faults.