MBTI Type: ESFJ
He assumes he is responsible for everyone else—their safety, happiness, and well-being. He carries that burden, even though he has no personal contact with any of them, out of a larger sense of social responsibility and obligation. Because he is special, he “owes” the world something back. Clark has a pretty quick tendency to judge, based on objective standards of behavior: things are either right or wrong, good or bad, and he has no qualms about stopping bad guys – but also refuses to do them harm, since that would violate his beliefs. He tends to internalize things and brood; he sometimes confides in his parents or other people he trusts, but tends to act on his feelings more than share them; he’s much less open than Lana, even though he adores her and devotes most of his life to a silent worship of her from afar. He turns around and complains to his parents that he cannot be himself, airing his feelings while things are happening. Clark spends most of his time and efforts helping out around the farm (mostly without complaint, except when he’s under the influence of Red Kryptonite), and finding people he can help. He takes a special interest in finding out anything he can about his ancestry, especially when it comes to the caves outside Smallville and their strange markings that might tell him more about who he is. He is forever leaping into direct action to save someone, and then worrying about the consequences of it later—as his lower Ne starts fretting about how it might come across, or how it might threaten his family. He wants to have a normal high school boy experience and to play football, and finds it difficult to obey his father’s refusals (Jonathan fears he might accidentally reveal his powers or hurt someone). Clark takes people at face value, but also wants what is best for them, and encourages Lex to move away from his father’s influence and become a good person. Even though his relationship with Lana never quite works, Clark spends over 6 years pining for “the girl next door,” being in and out of relationships with her, and longing for her. He also finds it hard to move on from his past, or sell the farm when his mother becomes a professional politician in Metropolis. Whenever under Red Kryptonite, he becomes extremely selfish, cutting, and shares his true feelings (he hates being poor, he hates not having cool toys, he hates feeling confined to the farm). Clark often wants to know “why” people do what they do, and why they made the choices they did. He wants to know what has caused Lex to murder his father, and what kind of a person would ever do that.
Enneagram: 6w7 so/sp
Clark is much more distrustful and suspicious than either Chloe or Lana (two heart/image types); he’s more distrustful when he meets people, and tends to wonder about their agendas – he often cautions them against trusting people, and is concerned with any red flags he sees about them (instead of finding it romantic that a boy is writing Lana poetry and leaving it in the cemetery at night, he wonders what he is hiding; when Lana is saved by a masked vigilante from a meteor freak who is trying to kill him, Clark doesn’t like the idea of an armed gunman running around, and wonders what his agenda is; when Lex teachers Lana how to kick-box and protect herself, Clark is worried she might get in over her head). He doesn’t want Chloe digging around in his life, because she might unearth his secret, and feels responsible to his family and friends, but also sends Lana a ton of mixed signals. One day he’s confident they should be together, the next he’s pushing her away because he’s afraid being with him might get her hurt (and he’s devastated to hear her say the only person that keeps hurting her is Clark). Though he often rushes in to save the day, out of a desire to help humanity, he will immediately start second-guessing himself and wishing he hadn’t done that, because it has somehow endangered his family. He also shows a lot of wing 7 tendencies, in his multiple attempts to re-frame things positively and escape from dealing with other people’s hurt feelings. Clark feels responsible for what happened to his mom and the miscarriage at the end of season two, so he chooses to put on a Red Kryptonite ring (which he knows will make him not care about anything) and drive off to live the high life in Metropolis – literally running away from all of his problems and responsibilities, because he can’t stand dealing with the pain. He remains optimistic about Lex and constantly urges him to be a better person, and doesn’t like his dad reining him in – a big part of Clark wants to be popular, and to have the nice things all his friends have, and resents being poor. He is forever trying to pretend like he’s done nothing wrong after hurting his friends’ feelings, as if glossing over it will get him forgiven (the many times he’s stood up Lana, showing up with a rose and an apology, hoping she’ll forget his bad behavior or Red K actions and continue on as if nothing has happened).