Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
Max is bound by tradition and duty, even for the things he does not like – he tolerates the demands of his estate on him, and reluctantly agrees to host the annual ball with his new wife, even though it will remind him painfully of his past failed marriage. He has strong emotional reactions to memories that displease him and anything that reminds him of Rebecca, and is unable and unwilling to move past them, which forces his new wife to constantly dance around his memories and negative associations. These subjective views don’t fit what other people tell her about Rebecca, and leave no room for compromise. Blunt and straightforward, Maxim does not mince words, but in the process, can be rather hurtful toward his new wife, in his harshness and avoidance of sharing his own feelings with her (giving her the silent treatment after paranoid accusations). He is a competent man, easily able to care for the many demands of his estate, but he also spends a lot of time in a Si/Fi loop revisiting his past, wallowing in it, moodily refusing to engage with anything that makes him uncomfortable or dredges up painful memories. He can be selfish and self-absorbed, storming out on her, refusing to talk to her about his problems, and demanding she capitulate to whatever he wants, including humiliating her in front of his guests for wearing the wrong gown to the ball (it looks too much like Rebecca). Max never looks beyond the past and the present, except in his desire to create new happiness—by, sadly, bringing his new wife home to Manderley, where she has to compete with all his memories, because to float around Europe staying in hotels on whims “is not real life, dear.” He also has no ability to sense the truth about what his wife intended or was hiding from him, or to know that Mrs. Danvers is deliberately sabotaging his new marriage. Rebecca blindsided him with her sexual deviancies, but he did nothing about it, because tradition dictated against it.
Enneagram: 6w5 sx/sp
Maxim is jealous, suspicious, and possessive of his new wife. He accuses her of cheating on him without any evidence, once he hears she has seen his dead wife’s cousin on the grounds and had a pleasant afternoon with him. He’s so afraid history will repeat itself, he becomes over-protective and accusatory… then feels bad about it and makes it up to her later by asking her forgiveness. Maxim has pleasant side to his personality; when he’s relaxed and happy, he’s likable, charming, and witty. He self-deprecates when they first meet by calling himself a bore. Maxim is also a frustrating husband, because he is walled-off to his wife, keeps entire sections of his life “off-limits” to her, refuses to tell her anything until forced, and doesn’t want to let her know the truth of who he is, who Rebecca was, or what happened between them. Maxim wants a marriage without emotional intimacy. He can be rude and socially awkward, withdrawn and inclined to storm off at a moment’s notice. He’s secretive, doesn’t like to socialize casually with people, and is reluctant to host balls or have companions at the house.