The Professor and the Madman: Prof. James Murray [ENTP 3w2]

Functional Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)

Murray has a vast array of skills gathered from his both specific and scattered focus over the years; he speaks over a dozen languages (some fluently, others he dabbles in) and is widely recognized as being an unorthodox man. Though greatly admired for his knowledge, he never finished his full credentials since he never saw a need. Given the task of assembling an enormous amount of information (to create the English Oxford Dictionary), Murray has an unusual idea – they will place fliers in books all throughout England asking for help from volunteers. He enjoys meeting Dr. Minor and bantering with him in abstractions, testing and feeling out the validity of words and their meaning, playing word games to see who can stump who. His wife says that she had to become steady and reliable, because he was the opposite – someone who will throw away a stable career for an unstable one, pursuing a project seemingly without end. Murray, overwhelmed with information, is not entirely sure how to best categorize it, and his meticulousness is “slowing down the project” so much that Oxford tries to supplant him with a replacement.

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

He cares not just about what words do, but what they mean, their inner centralized focus, and his incredible study of languages enables him to assist in choosing the most concise and clearest definitions for them. But he refuses to cut corners or take shortcuts, insisting they must have a full history and citation for each word, both in its origins and going up through each subsequent century. This slows them down and makes the end product not as forthcoming, but also allows him to fulfill his satisfaction in ensuring that the quality of the work is perfect, the definitions are clear, and they have not misrepresented a word. He also shows good Fe usage, in his compassion for Dr. Minor, his distress at his suffering, his ability to mobilize others to get things done, and his desire for recognition for his work, despite his modest affect. But he often neglects his family for his passions and doesn’t know how to process his feelings. He needs his wife’s encouragement to go forth and fight on Dr. Minor’s behalf.

Enneagram: 3w2 sp/sp

Murray is a workaholic who spends every day from dawn until well past dusk steadily chipping away at this monumental project. His wife says he defines his life through responsibility and attentiveness to what needs done, and that he is highly principled in how he goes about his work, but also he isn’t afraid to delegate or expect the best from those who work under him. Murray isn’t as concerned with the moral fiber of his contributors as his wife would be, and argues that the quality of their work (and his own) speaks for himself. He cares how others see him, but not to the degree of changing for them; he also has a generous and helpful nature, but is aware of what is and what is not appropriate – he apologizes for being insolent to Mr. Churchill, but also demands to see him and appeals to him on a power level (acknowledging his office and position) to intervene and save his friend’s life.