Functional Order: Fe-Ni-Se-Ti
Judging Functional Axis:
Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)
Lorenzo has a group mentality. He is forever thinking of the people of Florence, and in terms of his duty toward them. He sees his family as his personal responsibility, and tries to harmonize with others to accomplish things. He can be charming, persuasive, and agreeable – as his future wife says, he could talk anyone into almost anything. Lorenzo actively attempts to recruit his adversaries into peaceable negotiations, selling them the idea that together, they can build a better city to benefit all, including the poor. He is forthright in his feelings and easily convinced to change his plans by other people’s emotional appeals – his enemies call him “soft” due to his willingness to put aside ambition and success to keep his sister happy, allowing her to marry for love rather than sheer political advantage. Lorenzo is somewhat compliant with the standards of the time (he has no problem with his own arranged, advantageous, politically-minded marriage). His downfall is in his inability to analyze his own relationships and his overt trust in the natural goodness of his enemies; because he is a noble man, he assumes others will be also. In his second season, however, after the death of his brother, Lorenzo falls hard into an inferior Ti grip. He becomes ruthless, critical, and abandons his care for the people, other than using them as a political machine to advance his career. His cold tactics as he maneuvers his children around (making purely logical choices such as selling their daughter into someone else’s care for an alliance, and forcing his son to enter the Church as a career, when he’d rather be an artist) horrify his wife. It’s only toward the end of his life that he reclaims his former morality, reunites with his Fe-dom concern for others, and repents of many of his more unscrupulous decisions.
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)
Unlike his brother, who lives in the moment, Lorenzo focuses on two things: the future and how to get there. He has a specific vision for his city, which includes the development of the arts and culture, improving trade negotiations so the people can keep more profit, and ensuring the success of the Medici bank. He trusts his hunches and they are often right, in terms of speculating who is behind what action and for what reason. He easily sees ways forward and tries to shift others toward pursuing that eventual goal; but his tert-Se enables him to change his approach in reaching the same desired outcome. He’s also prone to over-indulgences of his Se, and needing outlets for his physical energy. Lorenzo is a risk-taker, willing to joust without his armor; he rushes off to Rome and almost gets killed as a political prisoner, because he risked his life for a foolish purpose; he also keeps a mistress despite having a wife as an outlet for his physical desires. He greatly loves beauty and attempts to cultivate it in his environment. And though caught off guard by assassination attempts, he can adapt to his environment and keep himself alive.
Enneagram: 3w4 social
Lorenzo likes to present himself as a 1, but he isn’t – when push comes to shove, his façade of goodness, godliness, and “doing the right thing” crumbles into dust, and he becomes ruthless, pragmatic, power-seeking, and a workaholic. His wife accuses him of never spending time with their children; he counters back that if they were more “useful,” he would do so. She attacks his ambitious desire for power and esteem. It’s true, he focuses more on how things look to others (and uses that to his advantage) than on the cost of them, which causes him regret later in his second season as his world, power, and influence crumbles around him. His 4 wing is elitist, loves beauty and can be moody and melancholic. After the incident in the church, he goes off the rails and reacts from a place of deep anger, resentment, and bitterness. He holds onto his anger over what happened to his brother, and how that made him a victim, for decades.