Functional Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi
Judging Functional Axis:
Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)
Ambitious, driven, and deeply logical, Hamilton constantly angles for better positions of power. Once established in government, he sets about writing over 50 declarations and policies, often devoting all his time, energy, and mental resources to “writing as if there’s no tomorrow.” Even his adversary Jefferson admits his establishment of the national banking system is so intricate and foolproof, no one can unravel it. He focuses on establishing credit, taking on the state debts into the federal government, and expansion of federal resources — financially expanding the government. He loudly and frequently airs his opinions, to his own determent, and to the extent Burr tells him he needs to smile more and talk less. He shames Burr in public when he attacks him for having no firm positions on anything and for changing political parties for political gain. But in the room where it happens, Hamilton also compromises on certain of his moral stances to get things done. When he receives word of a friend being killed, rather than deal with it, Hamilton goes back to work. He also refuses to admit to his mistakes, makes excuses about his moral failings, and has a total inability to assess how his actions are going to emotionally devastate his marriage. He publishes what happened in the press to clear his name and destroys his wife’s trust in him in the process.
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)
Hamilton has been a scrapper and ambitious since he was young, always looking for an opportunity and eager to fight on the battlefield. He strides off the boat, prepared to impact the world around him, and uses ideas and words to do so – to the tune of writing hundreds of thousands of words, on various different topics, on dozens of documents, all within a very short amount of time, leaving his friends stunned at his productivity levels. He’s extremely reactive, responding to things as they happen quickly on an intellectual level, able to rip into people in debates and shred their arguments, a man of such fanatical energy and constant motion that others muse, “Why do you write like there’s no tomorrow?” Since his pen has worked for him before, Hamilton reasons that it will do so again (“I’ll write my way out!”). But he also has serious Se over-indulgences; left behind one summer to work while his wife is gone, he falls into a sexual affair that threatens to ruin his political chances when the woman’s significant other threatens to blackmail him with the information. Hamilton impulsively tries to pay them off, and then publishes the truth of what happened. He engages in a duel with Burr (despite his own son being shot in a similar duel) and winds up dead. He talks too much, drinks too much, womanizes too much, works too much, and does not know when to stop.
Enneagram: 3w4 so/sp
Hamilton is an admitted workaholic, so ambitious that everyone else doesn’t know where he finds the energy to finish every goal he has set for himself. He is emotionally reactive and defensive about his opinions, passionate in articulating them, and easily provoked into defending his honor, but has no real ability to deal with or process his own emotional state. Hamilton frequently simply goes back to work, rather than face his problems or figure out how to engage with his wife. He leaves behind an enormous legacy of work, but no serious depth to his character. He often does himself and his loved ones harm by aggressively defending himself in the press, but he doesn’t like to ponder his mistakes or dwell in them, and can be argumentative and defensive instead. After his son dies, he moves into a place of greater thought and introspection, and leaning more into his 4 wing’s desire for depth. Hamilton also shows an arrogance, elitism, and often condemns Burr for being so easily changeable and not standing by his TRUE opinions.