Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
Colin takes everything at face value and needs Mary to show him that life could be different from the bedroom where he has spent his entire life. He simply trusts how it has always been and what he was always told, that he is dying and cannot walk. He is highly curious and loves to read and learn things, and references it when he talks with Mary about her dog (“I have a book about training dogs… fetch it for me!”). Reading his mother’s letters allows him to piece things together and see things in a new light. When Mary offers to tell him a new story she has made up rather than read him one out of one of his books, Colin makes a face and denies her request. He tells Mary that her intuitive perception of her mother not loving her was wrong, because the letters they found “say otherwise.” Many of his fears and apprehensions stem from past-precedent; his father has a hump, so he will have one too; his mother died young, so he will too. He seems to be in a Fi loop most of the time, but is also blunt, authoritative, and expects others to cater to his temper tantrums and every whim. Colin will sometimes simply state the facts of whatever is happening (“The dog… now he’s licking my hand!”). He trusts the facts in his books and often references them when discussing things (his knowledge of trees and plants and dogs; his desire to hear the names of the different varieties of flowers in the garden). When he loops into Fi, Colin is angry, demanding, self-centered, easily-insulted, and highly emotional. He has learned screaming and crying gets him what he wants from the staff, so he uses that to get people to do his bidding. He refuses to do anything he doesn’t want to do, including enter his mother’s wardrobe and see her garments, visit the place where she died and find the beauty in it, or hush up if he wants to scream. He issues orders and expects people to follow them, and has an inflated sense of his own tragic self-importance.
Enneagram: 4w5 sp/so
Colin is preoccupied with his own poor health, his crippled back, and is sure he is “going to die.” Tragically. He is often hysterical, over reactive, and temperamental, self-absorbed in his melodramatic feelings and insistent upon having others cater to his emotional needs. He doesn’t like the idea that Mary has suffered as much has he has, so he react angrily to her whenever she sneers at his melodrama. He is loud, screams, cries, and throws tantrums, locks people out of his room, and threatens to tell on them for their ‘bad’ behavior. Colin would rather mourn his mother forever than move past it or look for happy things himself. It takes his friends dragging him out to the garden and showing him its wonders to coax him into a happier place of potential joy at the prospect of “living.” He also suffers from a crippling amount of terror of the outside world. He has never left his room, he does not want to face any of his mother’s things, he doesn’t want to visit his mother’s bedroom, and he would rather hear about things from Mary than experience them himself. Colin becomes hysterical at being taken outside, since he’s terrified of dying or falling ill or feeling unsafe. He is fearful much of the time.