Functional Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi
Paul never does anything by halves; his method of operation is to charge in and take control. When observing a dangerous new “sect” revolving around the Messiah arising, he goes straight to Caiaphas for the authority to deal with it, by rounding up the followers, taking down names, discerning the ringleaders, and making it difficult for them to live in Jerusalem. Later, after his conversion, Paul uses that same direct, brutal logic to spread the gospel, by marching straight into the nearest temple and proclaiming the good news. He has extremely rational arguments for all his decisions, and scoffs at others who use more “emotional” approaches. He is incredibly insulted when Peter implies that he has no “love” and argues that he has intense love for the things that Peter wants to cast aside; Paul tends to be blunt, not always respecting others’ feelings in his methods. He starts out as a bully, but can also freely admit when he is wrong. His core self, however, never changes. His values are still absolute (inferior Fi). Single minded and fixated on “pulling others into the future,” Saul has an absolutist viewpoint in dealing with the disciples and the temple; he often speaks in high abstractions (Peter must tell him to “speak simply, if your words are true”) and holds to his visions with such conviction, he ignores orders from Caiaphas to desist until after the Passover. Once Jesus intercepts him on the road, his worldview experiences a radical change and he completely abandons all his old beliefs – without sentiment; he urges others to do the same (“The temple is part of the old covenant, which has been fulfilled!”). Paul often loops into tert-Se; at first, he is reluctant to engage physically (allowing others to beat, arrest, and punish disciples for him), but once saved, becomes opportunistic and risk-taking; it excites him to cause a riot and get thrown from the temple. Paul has no fear, unlike Peter and the rest – and berates them for their doubts.
Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp
Initially, Paul chases after the followers of Jesus because he considers them to be morally and theologically “wrong.” He is convinced of being in the right, he prides himself on being an intellectual and a scholar, and he has a rigid black and white sense of morality and personal beliefs that enables him to have zero self-doubt that what he is doing is justified. Until he encounters the Messiah on the road, Paul is a religious fantastic, but once converted, he those same fiery opinions and defends his new friends as vigorously as he denounced them, fearlessly entering temples and trying to convert the masses. His 2 wing makes him want to convince others of his views and fiercely competitive.