Functional Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)
From the first moment Lex meets Clark, he knows Clark is special, the incident on the bridge is significant, and Clark is concealing his true identity. No matter how many ways Clark proves to him that he is “normal,” Lex continues pursuing “the truth.” Lex is a master at futuristic thinking in terms of his professional life, continually matching and trying to outsmart his father’s business proposals and dealings. His ultimate ambition is to become a global leader or president. Lex is hesitant to take action toward that end until he is certain of success. He takes a lot of time to mull over decisions before committing to them and is unwavering in his resolve to make his visionary concepts real. His inferior Se is the bane of his life, because he over-indulges his sexual and expensive appetites (his tendency to love them and leave them almost gets him killed). He tries to buy Kent loyalty with expensive loans and gifts. Lex is not an avid risk-taker, but sometimes places himself in dangerous positions… and he drives too fast.
Judging Functional Axis:
Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)
Strategy, bottom lines, business proposals, and rational decisions dominate Lex’s professional life. He is not as adept at making those decisions or leading as his father but Lex wants rational reasons to support his philanthropic efforts. He strives to push others to make more rational choices – when Lana appeals to him emotionally to save the Talon, to preserve her parents’ memories, Lex refuses until she shows him a way to make it profitable. His intense emotions often influence his decisions, and result in his father’s condemnation for being too “soft.” Lex wrestles with his desire to succeed and compromising his moral integrity; being around Clark encourages him toward more moral actions, but his ultimate ambition shines through. He protects those he cares about at all costs, taking the blame for his brother’s death to protect his mother (his reason was also rational: “I was your sole remaining heir, Dad… I knew you wouldn’t let anything happen to me!”), but his inability to connect emotionally to Lana in ways that she understands leads him to manipulate her in an attempt to keep her in his life.
Enneagram: 3w2 social
Lex is ambitious, though he does not always admit to it – one of the earliest “visions” a psychic has of him is his desire to become the president; throughout the series, he focuses on seeming successful, achieving his goals, putting on a courageous front under pressure, refusing to give in to his father’s bullying tactics, and in achieving success. His 3 makes him lack introspection, focusing instead on making the most of situations and achieving success; he’s very angry when his father makes him look bad, and often wears a social mask appropriate to the situation – being more remorseful and compassionate with the Kents, more direct and assertive with his father, more seductive with women, and aggressive with reporters. Being the best, competing to win, coming out on top, and having power are important to him. His 2 wing drives his desperate desire for love from his father as well as makes him manipulative of Clark and the Kents – giving them gifts in an attempt to “buy” their love. He doesn’t trust Lana not to leave him, so he manipulates her into believing she’s pregnant, to make her stay with him.