The Da Vinci Code / Angels and Demons: Robert Langdon [INTP 5w6]

Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

“Nobody hates history. They hate their own histories.”

Robert Langdon

Robert earns his living as an academic who spends most of his time buried neck-deep in books, and teaches college courses about re-examining ancient symbols and interpreting them in a multitude of ways. He argues that his students need to realize that what they think they know is not often the truth in a different culture (thus, their referencing of the Klu Klux Klan as interpretive of white hoods is not true in Spain, where members of a religious sect of the Church wear the same white hoods). Once sucked into a murder investigation in which he is the primary suspect, Robert provides the theorizing and figures out things as he engages with them, reasoning out the answers to riddles and following clues that lead him to an inevitable discovery. He often is inspired by things in the immediate vicinity, even to a drop of blood dripping down a sink (which causes him to think of the Rose Line, and follow that to discover a secret hidden tomb). Much of his theorizing comes from his deep knowledge of the past and the multitude of details he knows about every possible ancient religion, scriptural reference, historical volume, and theological work in existence. He often contradicts a fellow expert on ancient sects not to leap to unfounded conclusions for which there is “no proof,” since he automatically rules out anything that strikes him as illogical. But he is also not afraid to reverse his position, admit he was wrong, and run with a new conclusion. When Sophie mourns the loss of the ‘tangible evidence’ that would prove her important bloodline, Robert changes her perceptions when he tells her all that matters is how she feels about it, and what she chooses to believe. He is open to the possibility of God’s existence and miracles, even without “proof.”

Enneagram: 5w6 so/sp

Robert is somewhat passive in his preference for ‘history’ rather than the present world; he has spent most of his adult life studying ancient cultures and avoiding the present one, and when thrown into the middle of a conspiracy in which a wrong move might get him killed, he does not know how to respond until Sophie alerts him to the potential danger. He often allows her to lead, preferring instead to use his intellect to problem solve. It’s hard for him to react on his feet, though he does use a bullet jammed into a door track to set up an assault against the man who holds them at gunpoint. He then steals the armored truck the man was driving and races to a fellow expert on ancient history’s home for assistance in solving the mystery. Though a man who prefers to leave things open-ended and reach no firm conclusions about what he does not know, Robert can also be warm, attentive, and feels safer with someone at his side.