Functional Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se
Tolstoy has always been a man of idealistic concepts and ideas, around whose philosophies in his old age has built a “religion of sorts” – and one he finds rather absurd, because it tries to uphold all of his high-minded beliefs, statements from his books taken out of context, etc. He has devoted himself to this religious ideology, and let them build a cult movement around him, refusing to sway from its principles in his old age even though he doesn’t uphold all of them. His books show a profound insight into human nature and the human heart, as well as serve as criticisms of societal injustices. As a novelist, he used to write and discuss ideas and changes with his wife on how to improve his stories, taking her thoughts and feelings into consideration but also finding her somewhat “over-reactive.” Going on a walk with his new secretary, he is most interested to hear about the boy’s thoughts, beliefs, and ideas, and urges him to think more for himself (“These are my words… what are your own?”). Tolstoy has no respect for the social constraints that keep him wealthy; he has discarded all trappings of being a Russian nobleman, in his desire to live freely and simply like a peasant, showing his disinterest in traditional values and systems within the society in which they function. (His wife often angrily confronts him about this, pointing out his hypocrisy in not wanting his books to feed and clothe his family, while simultaneously being “the first to the trough.”) He is genuinely kind to others and interested in them (he asks questions, he encourages them to think for themselves, he offers forgiveness, he tries to appease his wife’s moods), etc. She says that upon their marriage (he says to a “pure girl” who he felt was above him, because of all his debauchery) he gave her a list of all the sins he had committed and all the women he had slept with, to clear his conscience – with no thought to how she might feel about it, how devastating that might be, or how she would react. Tolstoy is deep thinker, but also tries to keep other people happy and easily expresses his feelings the minute he has them—being angry about his wife firing bullets at a photo of his secretary, walking out when she is ‘too much,’ etc. His inferior Se shows in his self-admitted hedonistic younger lifestyle, in which he admits that he bedded many women and lived “in sin” to excess (his inspiration for Lenin in Anna Karenina). He also thinks it’s foolish to abstain from basic sexual urges and holds that part of his “religion” in contempt (if you “love or lust,” you should act on it).
Enneagram: 9w8 so/sp
Tolstoy’s biggest problem is his overall passivity. He is easily influenced and led by those around him – being talked into signing over the rights to his books, even though he knows it will infuriate and upset his wife. He causes enormous conflict in the house by ignoring whatever he doesn’t want to deal with, or refusing to make firm statements, and by his avoidance of said conflict – by going behind his wife’s back, storming out of the room so as not to hear out her “tantrums,” etc. In trying to please everyone at once, he makes himself unhappy – he has to sneak out in the middle of the night away from his wife to “avoid a scene,” but also doesn’t want to hurt her, and leaves her a note. Though she upsets him with her hysterics, Tolstoy on his deathbed also says “if she wants to visit, I shall not stop her” – once again, giving her all the power rather than admitting he wants to see her before he dies. Whenever he’s around her, and she’s being pleasant, he softens toward her and slips into sharing her point of view a little bit. Tolstoy had an overactive 8 wing in his youth — he admits he could not get enough of taking whatever he wanted and visiting brothels. He sneers at the attempts Valentin makes to avoid sexual sins and his devotion to the ideals of his faith when it come to chastity. He can occasionally become explosive or ill-tempered, but as a 9, he sneaks away rather than prolong the conflict.