MBTI Type: ESTP
Arnold is a highly active opportunistic, the first to charge into battle or challenge a superior officer, and a man who resents being bedridden for very long, because it keeps him out of the line of fire and out of the heat of action. He quickly leaps on any opportunity presented to him, which makes him vulnerable to manipulation. Arnold believes in living and acting fully in the moment, based entirely off of impulse – he proposes to Peggy and anticipates her marriage to him within a week, but is content to delay it if she consents to sleep with him before the wedding instead. Many of his actions show a lack of regard for the consequences of his decisions – he nearly gets himself killed by leading a charge into battle prematurely; his direct refusal to work with the other officers make him unpopular later; his violent outburst against Washington does him no favors; nor does he consider the risk to Peggy’s reputation if she falls pregnant while engaging in premarital relations with him. He also fails to see through her flattering or comprehend her true motives. He quickly assesses things in the heat of war, determines that the methods of the other generals are stupid, and takes charge by refusing to follow orders, instead following his own logical method of attack, which is impulsive but succeeds because it is logical. Arnold is somewhat detached and aggressive in his corrections of others, but does not speak until he has something particular to say. Unfortunately, his desire to be praised in battle, to be flattered by women, and to be respected among the officers makes him a likely turncoat, if Andre decides to “appeal to his vanity” and “prey upon his pride.” Arnold is sensitive about his reputation, upset when he believes Washington no longer thinks highly of him, desirous of honor and applause, and easily won over by Peggy’s flattering.
Enneagram: 3w2 so/sx
Arnold is an ambitious man, who is easily slighted. Washington’s preferential treatment to others insults and aggravates him. He wants and intends to ‘take’ the best for his house, in an attempt to impress Peggy – and when it goes wrong, and others accuse him of cutting corners, stealing from the army reserves, and other behaviors, he refuses to accept the blame and insists it is not his fault. Instead, he is ‘owed’ these things, he deserves to be a general, and he is being mistreated. Like most unhealthy 3s, Arnold wants popularity and gain above all else, and refuses to admit to any of his mistakes. Peggy can easily flatter him, by pretending to be impressed by his war record and personal achievements. His 2 wing feels he is owed things and is angry when he does not receive them. Benedict makes a huge deal out of how much he has suffered on behalf of the cause, and he feels entitled to certain things, including preferential treatment.