Functional Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te
John B acts on whatever he feels in the moment, which often causes him to make foolish mistakes in whom he trusts, how he reacts to threats, and whether he leads his friends into peril or not. He tends to be quiet, emotionally withdrawn, and not forthcoming with all his feelings—although he admits that the first time he slept with a girl, just because he could, he “cried” about it later, because it was not meaningful to him. He tries to hold his tongue to protect other people’s feelings, can be a bit resistant to their efforts to curb his imagination or his intentions, and often trusts himself over others, even when the facts do not support his conclusions. He has no firm grasp on reality, since he has no idea of how to find the gold, get it out of the ocean, sell it without attracting attention, or the consequences of getting involved in the first place. His intuition is sometimes right and sometimes wrong, but still… he believes it. John insists that his father is not dead, but instead is off doing something important, right up until he hears the truth of what happened to his father. He believes that the compass will lead them to buried treasure, which is right. He guesses accurately the man who murdered his father—but it’s almost too late to save his own life. He has an idealistic sense of what will happen when they find the treasure, and seems jarred by the harsh realities that people would KILL him to get their hands on it. John doesn’t know how to adapt well to his environment, how to think on his feet, or where to go when he becomes a fugitive – he continues to seek out the same familiar places (for comfort’s sake), which makes the cops almost catch him several times. He is strong on certain details of personal interest to him, about his father, the compass, and the treasure, but not in general.
Enneagram: 9w1 so/sp
John reacts from his instincts and trusts himself, but can be naïve in his expectation of how things are going to turn out – too trusting of others, and it almost gets him killed more than once, because he doesn’t suspect anyone of wrongdoing until confronted by his instincts about them. He is easygoing, doesn’t like it when his friends tear into each other, and doesn’t like disruptions in their group, but can also be stubborn in his determination to go his own way and live out his own truth. He tends to ‘merge’ into whomever is around him, and goes along with whatever they want – even his “first time,” was not really his idea, but to make the girl he was with happy. His 1 wing can be judgmental, fixated on doing what is right, and harshly reproachful of his friend’s decision to steal or keep a gun handy. Under stress, he becomes reactive and fearful like a 6, without the 6’s careful thinking and emphasis on logic – John just reacts emotionally and doesn’t know who to trust.