Function Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si
Siegfried seems to sail through life winging it, on the assumption that he will do everything quite well, but he is extremely poor with handling the routine, mundane details of his practice – he forgets to collect money for weeks at a time, he finds it problematic to restock the medicines (and often will run out), and never knows where his keys are, if Mrs. Hall has tidied them away (he accuses her of ‘moving his stuff around’). He foolishly leaves a hamper full of food on the floor that he has been sneaking treats out of, with a fat dog in the house who then gets shut into it and polishes off all the chocolate liquor candies. He invites James to come for an interview, and then forgets he did it! Siegfried has a tendency to look at problems from a detached perspective and stress over making emotional connections – he frequently insults people without meaning to, devalues their feelings, and makes an ass of himself in front of women, as he clumsily tries to tell them how he feels about them (he winds up, instead, telling them about how mistletoe is a tree-killer, and how it strangles the life out of whatever it clings to, which is an apt metaphor for romance, now you think about it). He takes people on a tour of his practice and, oblivious to their emotional cues, makes jokes about amputating limbs. He shows a lot of sentimentality toward the Dales, remarking that he doesn’t like to see machines replacing the old cattle and massive plow horses, that they are an extension of the romance of the countryside. He’s also skeptical of doing anything that has never been done before. Siegfried will stand up for his people (he refuses to fire James in order to get a position as a race track vet, saying that James is the best assistant he has ever had) and comfort them when he needs to; he also emphasizes that they must do what is humane for an animal, and feels sad for James when he must put down a horse (“the first time is always the hardest”). Siegfried is also sentimental about his wife; though it has been four years, he admits that he still feels “married” and is not quite ready to move on with a new romance.
Enneagram: 3w2 sp/so
Siegfried doesn’t like to look a fool, and will deny any mistakes he has made that bring out his forgetfulness. He also frequently challenges James’ actions based on how it ‘reflects on the practice’ and their reputation among his clients – but also knows how to appeal to other people and force them to accept James, even when they don’t want to. After James makes an unpopular call and lands the title of ‘horse-killer’ (even though he did the right thing), Siegfried forces him to take all the vet assignments for a couple of weeks, so that people will not reject him outright. He is competent and always able to save face, but is also somewhat commitment-avoidant. He has not fully dealt with his wife’s loss, does not want to think or talk about it, and does not want to make a fool of himself in courting a woman. He can be arrogant, self-centered, and pompous, but his 2 wing is also warm, affirming, and seeks to be useful and helpful to others. He will offer his assistance where required, console Mrs. Hall, volunteer their home if it’s needed, and give people countless chances to redeem themselves, even when he’s frustrated with his brother’s poor work-ethic. Siegfried is angry with Mrs. Hill for forcing him to take time off when he’s sick; he assumed he could just work all day anyway.