Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te
There are two sides to Edmund – the angry, belligerent boy in the first film and book, and the more playful, funny, good-natured “forgiven” boy of later events. Edmund is determined to set himself apart from his siblings, and defy everything they say to him as a way of asserting himself. He makes it clear through his reactions and actions how he feelings about things, both in negative and positive ways – he’s so angry about his dad going to war and abandoning them, but never wants to talk about this with Peter. When he meets the Witch, she so easily flatters his need to be important, he innocently believes all her demands, not stopping to calculate or read into her methods until it’s too late. His inferior Te often manifests in blunt, factual ways – when Susan says it’s good for them to all get “fresh air outside,” he retorts, “It’s not like there isn’t air INSIDE.” He doubts Narnia exists until seeing it with his own eyes, then lashes out at his sister by pretending it was all a lie. Edmund does not think through the consequences of his alliance with the White Witch, nor doubt her motives – showing that at a young age, he doesn’t use logical reasoning. But, one instance of clear-headed Se/Te is observing the White Witch thinning their allies on the battlefield and knowing breaking her staff will render her powerless; he points out that their enemies don’t even have to fight them in the second film, all they need to do is wait and “starve us out.” He is opportunistic and quick to react in his environment; when the Witch offers him everything he desires, Edmund agrees without hesitation; in the cave beside the golden pool, Edmund sees the potential in controlling the pool for financial wealth and power. He loves to swordfight and take action, and is often very good in a fight. He risks his life to break the White Witch’s staff. When the sea monster attacks the Dawn Treader, it’s Edmund who reacts on his feet and keeps it in one section of the ship so they can ramp it against the rocks, even though it is an extremely risky and dangerous thing to do. He is miserable not being able to fight in England, as he once did in Narnia, because he has a thirst for adventure. He quickly adapts to new situations and changes in the landscape. Once presented with an opportunity, Edmund quickly sees the future potential in it; “Lucy, we could be so rich!” he exclaims upon finding the golden pool; they would never have to live with their cousins again, if they could but take this treasure out of Narnia! He immediately likes the idea of becoming a great Prince of Narnia when the Witch offers it to him, and holds that goal singular in his mind for a long time. Though his instincts are off in interpreting the Witch’s intentions until it is too late, Edmund quickly picks up on true meanings and likelihoods in subsequent films; he sees through the Witch’s various attempts to ensnare and manipulate them.
Enneagram: 4w3 so/sp
When the witch praises Edmund as being different and wonderful and special, he instantly attaches himself to her, because it’s what he wants to hear. He can be moody, self-absorbed, and defiant, deliberately going against his siblings whenever he’s in a bad mood to prove himself not like the rest of them. Like all sexual 4’s, Edmund is assertive in complaining when he doesn’t get what he wants, somewhat aggressive toward others, and is highly competitive. In Narnia, he’s under stress – desperately craving love and affirmation from the Witch (4 shifting to an unhealthy 2) until Aslan fulfills this need; then Edmund starts to grow toward 1, in focusing more on doing the right thing and releasing his need to stand apart. His 3 wing is a continual influence, making him want to be seen as important, successful, and worthy; causing him to compete with Peter for power and with Caspian for influence.