Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te
Arthur very much wants to do the right thing – he tries to be a benevolent and protective ruler, to show mercy to his enemies, to establish peace and protection over his sister, and to serve the realm well beneath Merlin’s guidance, but… he also prioritizes his own feelings, thoughts, and desires, such as the two instances in which he sleeps with another man’s betrothed. He seduces his brother’s girl, and then Guinevere, hours before their wedding, because it feels good and right and is what he wants. He is easily emotionally influenced and touched by things – such as when, coming upon a slaughtered bunch of peasants, he wants to bury them, but Merlin points out that they cannot; they might be discovered and killed themselves. He is nothing if not hands-on—he seduces beautiful women, walks on and around ramparts with no regard to his personal safety, climbs up cliff fronts to yank a sword out of a rock, rides into battle, offers to stay behind as the decoy and let his friends escape, goes hunting, decides to come along with Merlin in the first place, and makes momentary decisions. He doesn’t always understand Merlin’s long-term planning or thinking, but shows flits of Ni at times, when he realizes that Merlin must have set the sword into the stone for him to pull out. Arthur isn’t sure if he did it a few years ago, or a few centuries ago, and doesn’t think much about it from that moment onward. He can be idealistic and wants to establish a good and just kingdom full of happiness. But he can also be a poor judge of character, since he takes his sister at face value out of a naïve desire to believe her a decent person. Arthur does not use his Te much to make decisions; he finds it hard to be objective. Whenever he does fall back on Te, he over-uses it, by being too heavy-handed.
Enneagram: 7w6 sx/so
Arthur doesn’t like to take responsibility for his decisions, which tend to be rather selfish. Whatever he sees, he thinks he should have—right now, and often, that involves other men’s lovers. Because of a sexual dream about Guinevere, he seduces her on the beach, then struggles to leave her alone once she marries his first knight. His brother accuses him of “always getting away with everything, because we let you.” He can be charming and persuasive, but also feels 6 wing anxiety when his support system is threatened. He’s sorry for seducing his brother’s girl… only after his brother finds out about it and gets angry at him. He’s sorry about Guinevere… only after her husband finds out and is angry about it. He then tries to make amends. He also shows self-doubt and distrust, over-reliance on Merlin, and suspicious behavior at first, but it often lapses back into cheerful reframing and focusing on fun.