Functional Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se
His men describe Franklin as a “visionary” and as “somewhat impractical.” When another man interrogates him in England before the doomed ships set sail, he has thought of everything except failure or defeat, since he has no plans for abandoning ship or mounting rescue escapes. Franklin’s confidence in his visionary ideal (finding a “north passage”) is so complete, he continually denies and fails to admit to its folly, even when Nature proves them wrong. When the ships get stuck in the ice, and his under-captain expresses concern that it could leave them marooned for years, Franklin refuses to send out search parties to find help. He refuses to turn back, even when their situation becomes hopeless. Why? Because he cannot shift away from the future he has decided upon – his inferior Se refuses to give way to the inflexibility of dominant Ni’s determination to succeed on the mission they set out to accomplish and create an enduring legacy to erase his former mistakes. This is what leads to their calamity – his inability to acknowledge and accept reality for what it is (inferior Se). Franklin also has total trust in his intuition – in an argument with his under-captain, he exposes brutal truths about the man’s deeper issues (his fear, his pessimism, his anger issues, and his alcoholism, and what it means for him overall), proving he has observed and drawn solid conclusions based on scant evidence. He is warm and forgiving, but also emotionally motivated. Franklin has his men dig a hole to bury the first sailor that dies – even though it is heavily impractical given the sub-zero temperatures and their current conditions. He tries to maintain a social standard, as if they still lived in England and were not hundreds of miles from rescue. He refuses to send out search parties based on how it would impact the men’s morale, and makes decisions his under-captains cannot always understand. Franklin is the first person to soothe tempers, to reassure his men, and to keep morale high in the face of certain defeat (which he will not accept; he convinces himself with weak rationalizing that the summer will thaw the three foot thick ice, so they can continue on their mission – even though if that happened, it would merely prove the northern passage impassible for much of the year). He’s not entirely healthy, since he rejects practical Te solutions (such as pre-emptive parties sent for help, to speed up rescue operations by six months or more) in favor of Fe decisions (keeping the men in harmony and in good humor).
Enneagram: 3w2 so/sp
Franklin is all about protecting his reputation, and maintaining an illusion of competency, even when he’s out of his depth. He can be arrogant, assuming he knows what’s best and taking it seriously when others threaten him in any way, or impugn his reputation. That’s when he takes a more domineering tone – many of his decisions are for “looks.” He is very good at keeping morale up, and his men see them as “one of them” in many ways, while also admiring him. He tries to maintain a high standard of living even when trapped in the ice, and his triple positive combination makes it hard for him to admit when things go wrong. He will not admit to his mistakes, either. His optimism is that the summer will melt the ice and send them on their way. He hates pessimism and complains about it, saying it’s detrimental to the mood on the ship and how it makes his under-captain unsuitable. It’s why he will “never move any higher” in his job, because he has a defeatist attitude.