Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi
It’s all about the bottom line with Whit; he doesn’t really care about the why, only that this is happening and the rational steps to take to correct it – to sell the company before their bottom line drops out from under them! So, he takes a rational chance and hires actors for the job. His detached approach often conflicts with Claire’s emotional motives, but she’s surprised that he has the “emotional capacity” to admit that he ruined his marriage (“No, she didn’t ruin my marriage, I did”). Whit has no illusions about how reality works, he’s focused instead on the daily grind and details. He establishes a method that works (ad campaigns), and sticks with it… and when Howard’s unusual behavior becomes problematic and interrupts their established pattern of success, Whit becomes concerned with the likely and potential ‘fall out.’ Many of his ideas, he draws from his own life experiences – envisioning the greater potential of framing Howard as ‘insane’ by hiring actors to embody abstract concepts, based on a former ad campaign he ran. He also hires the private investigator to film it who ‘documented’ his own infidelity! His inferior Ne shows in how ridiculous he finds it that Howard would write to, or even much think about, abstract concepts – he doesn’t! With Love’s help, he learns how to better express his intense emotions (“I was not filled with love, I became love”) and open himself up emotionally to his daughter in order to fix their broken relationship.
Enneagram: 3w2 sp/sx
Whit pretty much only cares about the bottom line when the three spirits come into their lives; he’s focused on work, on building their client list, on making money and keeping them in business. He’s also proud of his success, confident in his sexual appeal, and forceful when dealing with other people. As a social 3, he’s competitive, likes praise, and does not like to admit to his faults – it takes a monumental effort for him to say that he ruined his own marriage. With Amy’s help, he starts growing into his 6 side, learning to be objective and self-analyzing in order to open up emotionally to his child. His 2 wing makes him desire for love, but as a thinker and a 3, he assumes that is only about “sex” (which may or may not need to be emotional), and in manipulating people. Gradually, he learns to be more emotionally expressive and sincere in his appeals to others.