Function Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti
Paul is a cheerful, outgoing, and likable man, easily able to make friends and appeal to people on an emotional level. He starts out as Victor’s tutor and immediately becomes his friend, working alongside him in great excitement for the things “we” are going to do. When Victor brings life to a dead puppy, Paul immediately focuses on the social implications it carries – he wants to put it to good use in an immediate, impactful way, by reducing surgery complications. He says they could help hundreds of people to feel less pain and come out of their surgeries successfully, and he can’t understand why Victor has no interest in humanitarian work. As Victor continues in his task, Paul becomes more and more uneasy with the moral implications of his project – he finds it abhorrent to steal bodies, cut parts of, dissolve them in acid, and find new sources of parts, including grave robbing and murder. Paul moralizes at Victor numerous times, but doesn’t actively report him to the authorities, even though he knows he’s a killer, out of a misplaced sense of friendship. But at the end of the film, he refuses to get Victor off the hook, insisting he pay for his crimes and not sluff them off on the Creature, since it wasn’t the Creature who killed two people! Paul shows a low Ne tendency to fear the future, and be concerned about the potential fall out of their activities, even though he doesn’t know what they might be. He just senses that something bad will happen and tries to steer people away from it. But he also is very short-sighted. In his affection for his friend and their long-term affiliation, Paul doesn’t report him to the authorities – he never thinks this behavior might escalate, that his friend will dig up the Creature and reanimate him after they kill him the first time, or that it might cause Elizabeth’s death as a casualty of Victor’s callousness. He never questions his own behaviors, simply focuses on Victor’s moral wrongs and in trying to convince him to change his approach, showing a lack of his own ability to detach from his emotions to evaluate a situation based on the facts.
Enneagram: 6w5 so/sp
Paul is interested in Victor’s work at first, but becomes increasingly disenchanted about it and concerned for what might happen as a result. He warns Victor to stop what he’s doing, since it “can only lead to evil.” He urges Elizabeth to leave the house, without telling her why, except that Victor has dangerous experiments happening. When the Creature escapes, Paul proposes they send to town for help, and find the authorities. Later, he does the same thing when the Creature escapes a second time, inadvertently leading to Victor’s arrest. Even though he finds Victor’s behaviors morally abhorrent, Paul continues to loyally associate with him and do what he can to help him. He stays in the house until Victor throws him out, out of a fear of what might happen if he leaves and the potential downfall of his own conscience. He is quite a brilliant man on his own terms, but possesses more moral scruples than his co-conspirator, and more concern about the perils involved in playing God.