Functional Order: Fe-Ni-Se-Ti
Edmund has strong moral views, often centered around other people, and a desire to influence and shape them into what he sees of their potential. His friendship with Fanny comes about both out of a boyish kindness and consideration for her feelings (comforting her, when he finds her crying in the attic) and out of an ability to see her intellectual potential and grow it. He remains firm in his convictions to become a cleric, despite Mary’s attempts to persuade him to change his mind, and presents good arguments against hers, but is not above changing his moral stance when the situation presents itself. Though initially he objects to them staging a play he finds repugnant due to its immoral themes, he takes a role for the chance to spend more time with Mary, in a seductive duet. Edmund’s folly comes from his inferior Ti tendency not to question himself; he believes himself utterly in the right, and never once stops to ask himself if he is being unrealistic about Mary, seeing her in a more positive light than she deserves, or if his feelings for her are genuine. He is in love with an idea of a woman rather than the real person itself. He has an unreasonable, idealized notion of Mary as being a good person in his head that shatters when he sees her ‘actual’ beliefs. Edmund assumes that he can somehow change her into what he wants her to be, that he can convince her to marry him and be a poor cleric’s wife, and that she will come around to the idea, when it’s apparent from her endless arguments against it that she has no intention of ‘lowering herself’ to such a position. It takes him a long time to realize his own superior fondness for Fanny, because he has so rigidly locked her into a slot marked ‘like a sister’ in his head. Determined and decided in his career, he does not budge from it even when others suggest alternatives. He can be rigid and single-track minded. He shows very little Se, other than his enjoyment of walks, balls, and other diversions, and his opportunism in using the play as an excuse to get closer to the woman he finds attractive.
Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp
Edmund is moralizing and disapproving, often voicing his opinions on others’ inappropriate behavior, contradicting his siblings, pointing out that it would not be right to do certain things, and in the end, it’s this moral rigidity which causes him to altogether reject his former obsession with Mary Crawford, when he finds out that she does not share his moral beliefs. Rather than being disgusted by her brother’s immoral actions, his ruination of Edmund’s sister, and his callousness, she simply cares that he got caught. Edmund refuses to stand for this, tells her off for that and for thinking about his brother’s death in a pleased light (how it will give him money and better prospects), and then sends her out of the house. Edmund has very duty-driven views on his devotion to the church, and no interest in deviating from these values. His 2 wing is assertive in expressing his displeasure, but also has a warm and welcoming side, that helps Fanny feel better by amusing her, teasing her, and having fun with her.