Function Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te
Danny hasn’t had a lot of choices in life, and as Sam (an ESFJ) says of him, it’s like he hasn’t allowed to express his feelings, so he has somewhat shut down – but when he’s allowed to be around people who care about him, who give him back his autonomy, and who let him make choices for his life, he immediately gravitates toward his own system of morals, based on what he feels is more himself. He asserts this when “Uncle Bart” recaptures him and forces him to fight in the area – “I’m tired of hurting people, no more killing.” Though Danny fights to save his own life, and later to save his friends’ lives, he still refuses to kill people, even though it would be advantageous to do so, so they are no longer a threat. Angry as he is over his revelation about Uncle Bart having murdered his mother in cold blood for resisting his advances, Danny still cannot bring himself to break his neck. He hesitates, his fist curled in the air, because he can’t do it. He can’t break his code, what he knows in his soul to be right for him. Danny also pulls away from people and must process his feelings on his own; after he finds out the truth about his mother and discovers her picture, he forgets to pick up the girl he cares about at her music school. He’s too wrapped up in his thoughts and feelings to remember his responsibilities. Danny is an excellent, opportunistic fighter who takes down people twice his size in a matter of minutes by targeting their weak spots. He gets creative in the arena and has lightning quick reflexes. When forced to defend his life and protect his friends, he uses things in the apartment building to his advantage, turning over book cases, falling out of windows, grabbing hold of clothing lines, scaling walls, and even climbing up a chandelier into the crawlspace and breaking through into the upstairs apartment to confront Uncle Bart. Around his friends, he mirrors all of their behaviors and quickly picks up their sensory skills, from knowing how to eat ice cream to playing the piano. He even copies their words and phrases as part of his learning process, immediately starting to talk. He is somewhat impulsive and loves to experience new things, such as when he buys ice cream to surprise his friend (even though it will “ruin his dinner”) and impulsively purchases a silly hat to wear after he receives his first pay check. Danny is quiet at first, but becomes a more straightforward communicator as the film goes on, asserting himself more and telling people what he truly thinks rather than holding back.
Enneagram: 9w8 sp/so
Danny has gone numb to his emotions, because he has had no choice but to be obedient. He goes along with whatever Uncle Bart wants for a long time, comforting himself in food and in his quiet space. He loves peaceful people and feels drawn to Sam, because Sam is loving, accepting, and kind. Around him, Danny picks up and shares his energy and mirrors him and his daughter’s behavior, in an attempt to please them. He doesn’t like conflict and shrinks away from arguments, getting smaller, ducking his head, and looking woebegone whenever Uncle Bart gets up in someone’s face. It takes a lot for him to assert his true feelings (no more killing), but then he stubbornly stands by it. His 8 wing shows early as a child when after he witnesses his mother’s murder, he bursts out of the closet and attacks the men responsible. He shows aggression under pressure and his temper can quickly flare out of control, though most of the time he remains passive and unresponsive, even downright unconcerned when a fight breaks out around him at the super market.
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