Functional Order: Ne-Fi-Te-Si
Richard is “living in the future,” always chasing whatever idea others throw at him – first he wants to become a surgeon and then is surprised and a downcast at the realization that “of course there will be a lot of blood.” He does that for awhile, then finds out it’s boring and he hates it, so he switches to the law… but finds that tedious and not at all fun, since he really just wanted to be informed of his court case… and he tries out being a soldier, but that isn’t enjoyable either… and so Rick goes around and around, never settling on a profession, always chasing the next idea, and placing all his future hopes and dreams in something that Mr. Jarndyce warned him might not ever come to pass: his inheritance. He worries from time to time about money, but never about his poor health… and it costs him his life, because he cannot find happiness in a domestic life and continues chasing his dream. He allows his emotions to drive him in everything, and has no interest in conforming to the moods and attitudes of others, or the situation – he shows up to Ada’s birthday “out of respect to her,” but then is sullen and withdrawn from Mr. Jarndyce, whom he believes is disappointed in his lack of an ability to choose a profession. And it’s true, he bounces from one thing to another with no ability to settle, since he is soon “easily bored” and wants to try something else. This results from a lack of Te development – instead of buckling down and becoming practical and learning how to study and hold down a profession and live within his means, Richard seeks easy ways out through placing his hopes in the court case and his future fortune. He chafes beneath schedules and boring tasks and has no ability to make rational decisions, either with his money or his health or his friends.
Enneagram: 7w6 sx/so
Richard has two negative aspects going for him, as a 7 – a chronic inability to finish anything he starts (thus, a trail of abandoned professions and nothing to show for his time except debts) and the idealism of the sexual 7, which wants to make everything wonderful, and happy, and light, and never know pain or admit that anything is wrong. He would rather cut Jarndyce out of his life altogether than face the man’s disapproval and disappointment, and makes it all about the other person’s problems rather than his own mistakes (avoidance). He is irresponsible and idealistic, romantic and unrealistic about his ability to provide for his family. He chooses poor friends because he is too trusting, but then over time becomes more wary of them, and even suspicious of their motives—but is in too deep to pull out now. His 6 wing can be suspicious and even paranoid; he attributes feelings and mental states to Jarndyce of disapproval toward himself that are untrue, showing a tendency to “project” and disown, attributing criticisms he levels at himself secretly to another voice that he can ignore.