Function Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni
Vronsky lives fully in the moment and believes in giving in to all his passions as opportunities present themselves—when he sees a beautiful woman on a train, he forms an instant attachment and pursues her, without regard for her marriage or her reputation. He invites her to dance with him in public, failing to realize that it might hurt them, and is neglectful of Kitty’s feelings in the process (since she was under the mistaken belief that he might propose to her at the ball). He is a philanderer known for an excessive lifestyle, who is in debt up to his eyeballs and who rejects the life his mother wants him to pursue, which is a more sensible one settled down with “the right person.” He wants Anna, so he pursues her. He is a skilled horseman and somewhat reckless in his decisions, at one point in the novel attempting to kill himself out of shame after Alexei forgives them their adultery and when he thinks his lover is about to die. When he and Anna travel Europe, he cannot understand her constant thoughts about the future, since it takes away from the happiness they are sharing in the present. Unlike Anna, Vronsky doesn’t care what other people think about him and makes romantic advances toward her even in front of her husband. He is straightforward and blunt in expressing his desires, and has no need to make up with his mother or anyone he has offended (including his mother after she cuts off portions of his inheritance). He often finds Anna frustrating, because she thinks too much about how her feelings will impact other people, rather than being true to how she feels. Her inconsistencies, jealousness, possessiveness, and neediness when it comes to expressing all of her constant fears and feelings wear on him after awhile. Vronsky is capable of making hard logical decisions, even when they hurt him on an emotional level—such as shooting his own horse when she breaks her back because he knows she is in pain. Rather than consider others’ feelings or the awkwardness of what their affair might create, he acts on how he feels in the moment. Anna has plenty of premonitions in the form of ‘bad feelings’ and dreams, worries about the future, but Vronsky dismisses and ignores them all. He pays no attention to the future, except when he attempts to commit suicide in the book / other adaptations, because he cannot see a happy life ahead of him without Anna.
Enneagram: 7w8 sx/sp
Vronsky is irresponsible and lives entirely in the moment; he chases after whatever catches his attention and dumps whatever held his attention a moment earlier, such as when he pursues Anna without explaining himself to Kitty (whose heart he breaks in the process). He doesn’t want to think about anything negative or face his wrongful actions and how they have hurt other people, so he re-frames his intention to court Anna as romantic in his head, rather than thinking about how hurtful it will be to her reputation and her husband, or how it might separate her from her beloved son. He tries to be there for her, but is convinced the only way he can distract her from her problems is through some form of pleasure (food, entertainment, sex). Vronsky is unapologetic in his pursuit of her — he wants her, and that is enough in his mind to justify his decisions. 7s can be notoriously self-gratifying. He goes after what he wants and isn’t afraid to admit to his carnality. The thought of debasing himself in front of Karenin and asking for forgiveness disgusts him and makes him determined to commit suicide, rather than face up to it.