Bird Box: Douglas [INTJ 6w5]

Functional Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

Douglas has spot-on intuition. It’s just a shame nobody ever listens to him! For example, when they let in a stranger who feeds them a sob story about being taken captive by a bunch of “crazies” from the mental institution, Douglas tells them all that he is lying and they should throw him out of the house. Instead, they lock up Douglas instead—and the man, who happens to be crazy himself, goes on a rampage in the house and gets most of them killed. Douglas is also not for opening the freezer door at the store—something they ignore, which means another person dies. He tends to leap to intuitive conclusions about people much of the time and trust them, but also can be reckless and careless under stress. When they go to the grocery store, while everyone else stocks up on food, Douglas cracks open the alcohol and douses his miseries in liquid refreshment.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

He is blunt, but has a point. Douglas says they should just move into the store, since it has a “year’s worth of supplies.” He isn’t wrong, but he’s ignoring the human element—that, as Malorie says, only a bunch of assholes would abandon their friends and leave them to die. Douglas keeps track of how much food they have, and how much each of them are eating. He rationalizes that soon, they will go without, and that they need to come up with a plan that will keep them in supplies. He’s all for keeping strangers out of the house, since that not only endangers themselves (you cannot trust strangers) but further creates stress on their limited resources. He’s not a healthy man, because he’s only interested in saving himself (and later, begrudgingly, his friends inside the house, when he gets himself killed trying to defend Malorie). When Malorie asks him why he sued his neighbor to keep him from building something on his own property (that’s his right), Douglas retorts, “Yeah, but I have to look at it.” He wants his neighbor to know that his reasons for disliking him is purely based on his intentions for the architecture and not because he’s gay.

Enneagram: 6w5 sp/sx

Fearful, aggressive, suspicious, argumentative, paranoid, and full of distrust, Douglas does not want to share resources or invite strangers into the house. His primary concern is for his personal safety. He intended to leave Malorie in the street and then is upset, because his wife ran out to save her, got caught up in the darkness, and killed herself. He is blunt and objective to a fault, often discounting the humanity involved to make a fierce assessment. He wants to horde all the food in the supermarket for themselves and avoid taking the risk of going home, or needing to make more runs to the store (assuming no one else has survived who may also need the food). But he does have a sense of community, once he feels the house is under threat, that drives him to protect his “friends.” (More like “house-mates, but whatever.)