MBTI Type: INFP
Daniel has a habit, as his guardian says, of “Looking tenderly at the women,” and making them open up to him, but he’s very resistant to anyone inferring things about his own character (“You have NEVER seen me flirt!”). The story is about Daniel trying to find his place in the world, and come to a greater understanding of his true identity; ultimately, he rejects all social constraints and advancement, in order to connect with an ancestral people group – forsaking position, reputation, and the benefits of living in higher society in the process. Daniel is empathetic, gentle, and kind, but knows his own mind; he tries to help Gwendolen but also pursue his own feelings for Mira, which means disappointing Gwendolen, romantically. His frankness sometimes startles people; he tells Gwendolen that she shouldn’t risk her life at gambling, he puts down a hard foot with Grandcourt (“I didn’t come here to talk to Lush, but to you!”). Daniel argues passionately about anything he doesn’t believe in or like; he tells his friend frankly and to his face that he thinks he’s taking advantage of Mirah, living under the same roof, and should stop. He’s cautious and thinks in different directions all at once; he’s afraid to find Mirah’s mother and brother in case “the brother is like the father” (cruel), but also willing to help her actualize her dreams and find a new life. Daniel really wants to understand “all the different people” and “why they think like they do” (Fi/Ne). He resists his future brother-in-law’s words about “destiny” and “fate” at first, until he sees how he fits into a much larger image. Daniel is a bit naïve and idealistic about Gwendolyn, but also intuitively dislikes Grandcourt and suspects she’ll be unhappy married to such a “miserable” man. Daniel finds study tedious; he wants to travel the world. He often points to what has worked or benefited others in the past, to push his own arguments (“You traveled the world!”). Daniel very much wants to know where he comes from and how he fits into the family. He feels a sense of duty and honor toward the people he cares about, and for awhile, is observant of social protocols and good behavior. As he learns more about Judaism, Daniel becomes enamored of it, as a means to connect to his ancient roots.
Enneagram: 1w9 so/sp
Daniel is the ideal picture of virtuous behavior. He is highly concerned with his own moral behavior and that of other people; he chastises a friend who hopes to make Mirah fall in love with him, because he sees that as taking advantage of her while she is under their roof. He purchases back Gwendolen’s necklace and slightly scolds her in the letter of return (telling her not to lose it again at a gaming table). She admits that she feels judged by him over her decisions, but she also wants to become a better person to equal him. Daniel does not like conflict, but also will stand up for what he believes, and often nudges his friends to be aware of the social repercussions of their behavior. Each time he is around Gwendolen, he feels drawn to her – into her problems and pains, her emotions becoming his own. He seeks a sense of belonging and security, in finding people to connect to, and does not like conflict since it may mean losing him his friends.