The Professor and the Madman: Dr. William Chester Minor [ISTJ 1w2]

Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Dr. Minor has an incredible capacity to remember factual information and details, to the point where he can recall and cite specific quotations, which makes him an invaluable resource in compiling the English Oxford Dictionary despite his schizophrenia. He does in a matter of weeks what it has taken Murray and his paid research assistants months to assemble, by recording thousands of words, their definitions, and their cited uses from his personal collection of records (which he assembles quickly from the vast library in his cell). He can often beat Murray in his deep knowledge of words and their meaning in their verbal games and has an abiding love of books, whose contents he remembers. He also suffers from PDTS for his war efforts and feels haunted by the bad things he had to do as a military man (including branding a Deserter), but retains all of his specific medical knowledge, allowing him to save a man’s life when an iron gate falls on him. He shows a playful Ne nature when prompted by Murray into abstract conversations and banter, but it’s not a driving force in his life.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

He needs to organize information to be able to access it quickly, so he sets up a complex but easy to use system in his secondary cell that branches out from his library and has thousands of words recorded, so he can easily find them and then write out their meaning and definition and contextual use for Murray. He is so efficient at this that when his illness takes a severe turn, the entire project suffers and slows down enormously. Minor is haunted by his bad deeds and feels he must atone for them; in his lucid moments, he is generous and kind, good-natured and deep, but also suffers from an enormous amount of guilt for the murder of an innocent man in the middle of an “episode.”

Enneagram: 1w2 sp/so

Dr. Minor struggles mightily against his carnal self and translates many of his decisions into implications of his own evil nature and fallen-ness; when a good woman falls in love with him, even though he has killed her husband by mistake, Minor cannot handle this – he sees this as stealing from the dead, first robbing him of his wife and then of her love, which forces him to punish himself and spirals him back into his episodes. He feels so much guilt over what he did, he begs her to let him teach her to read and gives her all the money from his army pension. His life is built around “making atonement” for what he has done, to the extent that Murray must remind him of unconditional forgiveness. He tries to use his generous and helpful nature to help him climb out of the immoral “ooze,” and can become 4ishly self-hating when in disintegration.