Titanic: Cal Hockley [ESTP 3w2]

Functional Order: Se-Ti-Fe-Ni

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Cal has a confidence and ease about him in his interactions with the outside world, whether he is booking passage on the most luxurious ship he has ever seen or attempting to persuade her to ‘come to me’ and ‘open up your heart’ (be sexually intimate with me, Rose). It gives him pleasure to own and touch things, but this intense physicality also has a dark side — he isn’t above overturning a table in his rage or slapping Rose when he finds out she has posed naked for an artist behind his back. His Se-dom opportunism shows most under the pressure of the impending disaster, where he barters for a place on a boat by bribing Murdoch, then walks away from it to find Rose, confident he can find some other way to escape. Later, when he cannot bribe his way onto another lifeboat, Cal sees and grabs up a child, pretending to be her father and the only person she has in the world, to earn sympathy and a place on the lifeboat. He can be, at times, reckless and impulsive, such as when he chases after Jack and Rose into the bowels of the ship. Cal tends to judge people at face value and relies on Lovejoy to keep an eye on things for him, but also has a head for business.

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

Cal makes coldly rational decisions at every turn (using a child to get onto the lifeboat, bribing an officer to let him on, sending Lovejoy after the lovers to fetch his diamond, focusing on business conversations after dinner, and being a successful businessman in the States, etc) but reveals his blind spot when it comes to emotions — he mistakes physical intimacy for emotional intimacy and believes having sex translates into Rose letting him into her heart, he doesn’t realize asserting his dominance over her as his property will backfire and make her more determined to fall for Jack. His tert-Fe asserts his opinions easily (“Rose and I differ in our opinion of fine art…”) but is quick to realize the social implications of his words and backtrack (“Not to impugn your talent…”). He becomes irritated with Rose when she ‘humiliates’ him by being rude and dismissive at the luncheon table with Ismay and Thomas Andrews. He uses an emotional appeal to try and convince Rose to open her heart to him (and a lavish gift). Under stress, he becomes more emotionally erratic and childish – snapping and slapping Rose, calling her a slut, and deliberately insulting her and Jack.

Enneagram: 3w2 social

Cal is a self-confident and arrogant man who finds ways to point out that he is superior to Jack and belittles his lack of ambition and carefree lifestyle; he tells Jack the conversation in the smoking room would not interest him, since it’s all about business and politics. He cares about how things look to others, which is why he chastises Rose for being rude at the lunch table and puts out her cigarette because her mother doesn’t like it. He changes his approach instantly upon Rose sticking up for Jack and calling him a hero, and invites him to dinner, where he can ‘treat’ the lower class to a fine dinner and show off his business prowess and powerful friends. Cal becomes angry at her increasing disdain for him and refusal to act socially appropriate, because it reflects on him, but also has the 3 inability to connect in a meaningful way to his emotions or to understand them. His 2 wing has a warm likability around other people and enjoys their company, but can become resentful of Rose’s lack of reciprocation for his gifts (he thinks, in a very immature 3w2 low health level way, that he can ‘buy her’ with the diamond, and that giving her something equates love).