MBTI Type: ENTP
Stephen has a reputation on campus for being both the “most brilliant” scientist in his division and “the laziest.” He waits until the last minute to even look at his homework assignment, and then turns in advanced equations (“I only finished nine of them”.). He gathers ideas from a broad spectrum, coming up with the idea the universe began due to a black hole exploding – and then years later, he writes another argument, completely disproving his initial theses’ theories. When questioned, once he’s famous for his theories, about this, he says he is probably wrong on all his earlier theories, showing a mind ever expanding, altering, and shifting its views, sometimes by entertaining opposing arguments simultaneously. He gets ideas from his environment – being stuck staring at a flame in the fireplace burning out gives him an idea for a paper. He loves to share his ideas, in progress, with his girlfriend / later wife, and is excited when she catches onto them without much explanation. He waffles on whether or not to believe in God, sometimes doing so, other times not. Stephen literally wants to invent his own system of understanding: a theory that “explains everything” – an ultra-simplified but utterly complex definition to define reality and encompass its enormity in a single word, if possible. Even though he would love to “prove” his scientific theories, he has no problem presenting them before the world’s most advanced minds as a valid theory based on its own inner consistency. Stephen is very logical, and able to work through some of his emotional hang-ups, by pointing out logical solutions, even if he doesn’t like them from an emotional standpoint (“You do need help”.). His professors complain that his papers are full of ideas, but not much “evidence”; but his fourth chapter, his original theory, is “genius.” Stephen charms Jane without even trying. Whenever she tries to have a serious emotional conversation with him about their lives, he retreats into humor, teasing and eccentricities. He entertains the kids by making his wheelchair a fun activity. He wilts when scientists rag on his theories – and brightens up with encouragement. He likes to be thought of as intelligent, and hesitantly but determinedly shares his feelings when he needs to (such as his eventual break-up with Jane). Lack of details may have been the reason his professors complained that his three initial thesis chapters were “incomplete”. Stephen doesn’t show much evidence for sentiment, other than clinging to his desire to find “one idea to explain the universe.” Yet, at the end of the film, he tells Jane the greatest marvel in the entire universe is to “look at what we made” – their three children, showing his delight in an “everyday occurrence” that everyone takes for granted (inferior Si).
Enneagram: 5w4 so/sp
Stephen has all the best hallmarks of a healthy 5 – greatly interested in knowledge, willing to share his understanding with the world, a strong focus on concepts (sometimes at the cost of facing reality), and an intense desire to know more. His 4 wing makes him want to seek beauty and meaning within his theories, as well as gives him a sense of alienation from his peers, and be somewhat sensitive and moody; he can be depressed about being a “burden” to others, but also have a playful energy. He chooses to dream big, becoming lost in his imagination and ideas to escape his illness (5 moving to 7).