Function Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
Arthur is more focused on details than any of his companions, more aware of the limitations of what they can do in a dream state, and supportive of his boss, Cobb. He has built up a long-term trust of him, given that they have spent so much time together. Where Cobb is more reckless and improvisational in the dream state and in attracting clients, Arthur uses more traditional methods, is more focused on the end result (the bottom line and the paycheck), and points out all the logical or factual problems involved with the process. Arthur leaves most of the improvising to Eames and likes to be specifically aware of what his task needs to be at any given moment, before they start. He is also so conscious of time and responsible, aware of what can be accomplished in this “false” reality, that the others trust him to bring them out of their dream state when it matters most. He has to reason out how to “drop them” when gravity doesn’t exist. Eames says of Arthur that he “is the best [at what he does] but has no imagination.” He did not invent Inception or planting ideas in people’s minds and merely uses it to change the world and turn a profit, instead of being obsessed with its capabilities for its own sake. And he is not a very good judge of character — he isn’t aware that Cobb is keeping dangerous truths from them and being irresponsible in how he leads them all deeper into his mind to face his own demons
Enneagram: 6w5 so/sp
Arthur is cautious and prudent, but also loyal and trustworthy almost to a fault. He has such a special, deep relationship with Cobb that he never questions him, instead protects and works with him even in dangerous situations. He looks for ways to problem solve and keep them safe, and takes his role as their guardian (when the others are in a sub-level of the dream) seriously, in his need to protect them from waking up too soon. He doesn’t like to take risks and is angry to find out Cobb has mislead them into believing if they get hurt, they will simply wake up—that they could fall into limbo and become brain damaged seems like a risk that should have been brought to their attention earlier. He agrees with Eames that there’s no room for a “tag-along” in a dream state, but that each person should have their own responsibilities. His 5 wing is self-confident, analytical, and able to keep a cool head in an intense situation.