Functional Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si
What’s Kevin’s first thought when he wakes up and finds the family gone? “I made my family disappear!” Yup, he picks the most creative explanation and runs with it. This comes in handy later when Kevin needs a dozen highly inventive ways to booby-trap his house and pummel the heck out of the bad guys. He seems to never run out of good ideas. Except his imagination sometimes runs away with him – he envisions that the big furnace in the basement is a ravenous monster prepared to eat him! In the second film, Kevin is excited to explore New York, see new things, and experience more of the world… and then booby trap the bad guys. In more vicious ways this time. Ah, Kevin. Always blunt. He tells it like it is and only resorts to false apologies and cuddly faces later. Kevin would rather be inventive than immediately problem solve. What’s the quickest way to catch these guys in either film? Tip off the police. What does he do? Stage elaborate traps and houses of horror to teach them a lesson first. Why? Because it makes sense to him, in a logical way, and it’s also fun. Way more fun than just immediately solving the problem. Kevin also believes things about his neighbor just because Buzz told him and it seems likely (Ne/Ti). Kevin airs his feelings often and sometimes says things just to get a reaction out of people. When his mother condemns him to the attic, he pretends to be sorry in order to elicit her sympathy – and when that works, goes back to sharing his true views on everything. Yet, he can be surprisingly empathetic and reassuring at times, such as when he tells the “scary” neighbor to make up with his kid / be a positive influence in his life, or befriends the “bird lady” in Central Park. He also seems to enjoy the emotional reactions he gets out of the bad guys. Who wants change? Christmas isn’t Christmas without snow! Kevin relies on all his former associations with people in order to build expectations for their future behavior (he still hates his Uncle Frank… and he knows the bad guys will fall for the same traps, all over again). Kevin re-uses some of his ideas in the second film, making them bigger and more dangerous in the process. By the end of the first movie, though, he’s ready for his life to go “back to normal” – for his family to come home!
Enneagram: 7w6 sp/so
Kevin has a zany and wild sense of humor, which he puts into defending his home from the people who are “attacking” it. He starts out as selfish and inconsiderate, thinking he is being mistreated by his family, and wishing they would all disappear, but shows a progressive kindness toward the marginalized and needy (the homeless woman, and the man who he thinks “should” call his son and talk to his grandkid on Christmas). When he finds out he’s been taken to New York instead of Florida without them, Kevin happily traipses all over Manhattan seeing things on his own, orders a ton of food at the hotel (unconcerned about who is going to pay for it), and messes with the hotel staff to cover up his tracks. He lives a happy go lucky existence until he feels threatened, then his 6 wing acts up. At first, being home alone is fun. Then he wants his mother. It’s scary world out there, and as much as he screams “I’m not afraid anymore,” it’s not true. So when threatened, Kevin reacts. He admits that he forced himself to face his fears of the basement and has “overcome them.” He will run away from threats or react against his mother and other authorities, defying their power over him and demanding his own way.