MBTI Type: INTP
Lincoln is an incredibly intelligent and rational man, who carefully thinks through all of his decisions and makes them according to what he wants, rather than listening to the advice of his friend Seward. Seward (an STJ) has to point out to him at times that his tactics won’t get him the outcome he wants, even though they are logical – Lincoln makes peace overtures to the Rebels in the midst of negotiations for the 13th Amendment, without assuming the end of the war would kill the demand for equality. He does not necessarily see them as connected, but separate moral issues. Lincoln listens to and weighs all criticisms against himself without being insulted by them, and can even work with Thaddeus Stevens, who personally dislikes him. He thinks in terms of broad ideals and rambling stories; an incident or conversation will remind him of something else, and he will bring it up and repeat a story, anecdote, or a pun. He often uses colorful metaphors to make his point. Sometimes, his Cabinet isn’t sure “what the connection is,” or what led him to think about that, and what it has to do with the situation at hand, and then Lincoln will talk about how it was a moment in his life where something changed and he cannot now go back on it. He likens situations to others that seem, to his friends, to be unrelated. Lincoln also puts some importance in his dreams, and talks about them with his wife. He slowly and steadily wants to change things, going about them carefully and considering each decision before he makes it. He and Stevens disagree on how radical of changes to impose in the South, because he understands that people need time to adjust. Lincoln feels morally responsible to free millions of souls, and sees them as equals. He considers the war as much a moral issue as a States’ Rights issue. His Cabinet gets on him, at times, for “pardoning too many cowards,” because he reasons that if they keep killing sixteen year old boys who get scared on the battlefield, there will be none of them left. Lincoln is often overwhelmed by his wife’s hysteria and emotional upsets, and doesn’t know how to comfort her or deal with her emotions.
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Lincoln has an easygoing, unflappable nature. He tells long, involved, rambling stories without being able to get to the point, sometimes to the annoyance of the Cabinet. Rather than answer direct questions, he will often resort to a joke or a pun to diffuse the tension and move away from it. He calmly listens to everyone’s complaints, but doesn’t always implement them. He’s able to work with people who don’t like him, without being insulted, and get along with everyone. He’s tolerant of their views even if he doesn’t share them, and allows them to have a say, but will quietly correct them on a matter of moral principle. He’s soft-spoken and compassionate toward kids, inclined to forgive deserters rather than order them shot, and feels a strong moral duty to do what is right, for his country and the millions of people who call it home. Often, when his wife is upset, he will just walk away from her or try and diffuse her intensity by staying calm.