Functional Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Xander is a very present hands-on kind of guy, who often fails to read enough into a given situation, out of an arrogant assumption that he has it all figured out. That is to say, he judges things mostly on their face value, which often gets him into trouble. Like the time he falls in with the wrong crowd and becomes possessed by a hyena. Or the time he assumes his teacher is “into him” and not just using him for sex and then food. He quickly asks out the pretty girl from South America, despite knowing nothing about her other than her superficial qualities, showing his tendency to react and live in the moment. He’s eager to dance, engage with his friends, go places, and do things, but has no real long term plan for his life or insight into how he intends to get there.

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

Though Xander covers up his insecurities with sarcastic, biting human, he is actually quite defensive, easily insulted, and hurt by Buffy’s tendency to ignore him in favor of other sexual prospects. He beats around the bush in telling her he likes him, he reacts defensively to Cordelia when they start dating (even though his feelings are involved), and he’s oblivious to the fact that Willow is in love with him, since he’s so wrapped up in his own feelings. He often winds up telling Anya that she needs to be “nicer,” “less rude,” etc. He enjoys being a part of the “Scooby Gang” and enjoys the group dynamic, usually going along with whatever they all decide is the appropriate course of action. He can be blunt and tactless at times, and sneers at people’s comments that he finds idiotic (“You think??”). Xander prefers to come up with a plan and then follow it, to keep them safe.

Enneagram: 6w7 sp/so

He’s anxious and reactive, often thinking up the worst-case scenarios and worrying about things that may never happen. Xander doesn’t like to take risks and trusts Buffy to come to his rescue when it comes to the undead, but also hates having to rely on someone else or look bad in front of other people (“You just de-manned me, you emasculated me in front of everyone, Buffy!”). He waffles between extreme distrust of newcomers (like Angel and Spike) out of jealousy and paranoia, and too much faith in his friends. Under stress, he leaps into action – sometimes prematurely, in an attempt to get things done or make a firm decision (moving to 3). His 7 wing is witty, vibrant, easily distracted, and wants to run away from his deeper feelings of anxiety by being funny.