Function Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si
Henry believes in a philosophy of vice, over-indulgence, and excess, and uses that to define all of his decisions. He sees no point in not taking advantage of situations, and sees in Dorian much potential for corruption. He has a great deal of fun taking an naïve, innocent young man and transforming him into a hedonistic monster… although Henry eventually becomes appalled by his own creation. When Dorian returns to them after many years abroad (and many salacious stories about him) looking the same as when last they met, Henry becomes suspicious and connects the dots between his reluctance to display the portrait and the casual “bartering” they discussed about selling their souls to the devil for eternal youth and beauty. He believes it and seeks proof by going to Dorian’s house and breaking into the attic to view the portrait. Dorian accuses him of hypocrisy and lack of commitment, throwing it in his face that he “did” everything Henry dreamed and talked about, lived the life Henry molded him into, and has no remorse about it. Henry created this devil, because he saw potential in him, and manipulated his emotions successfully—turning him against the sweet girl he wanted to marry, causing doubt and suspicion between them, and failing to anticipate the consequences (Dorian returns later to seduce his daughter). In this way, Dorian isn’t wrong about him; he’s a hypocrite who cares nothing about other people, only his own kin.
Enneagram: 7w8 sp/sx
Henry sees the world as a place to over-indulge all of his appetites, of a physical and sexual nature, and enjoys introducing Dorian to places where he can become corrupt, immoral, etc. He doesn’t, however, see his unbridled passions as a vice, but as something to be encouraged; he speaks of them in a dismissive tone, refuses to take personal responsibility for them, ignores how miserable his infidelities make his wife, and coaches them in pleasant, alluring language to convince Dorian to listen to him. He eggs on his friend to commit greater levels of wickedness, while treating it all as a grand joke, and encouraging him to make the most of his youth before it fades.