Function Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe
Mindy has to make sense of everything, and understand everything; he is so rational, and intent on getting things ‘accurately,’ he stumbles over his words in an attempt to inform the president of what is happening, rather than get directly to the point (telling her the systematic order of what transpired, rather than “A comet large enough to destroy all life is going to hit the planet”). He often stops other people in order to correct the statements being shared, and becomes increasingly frustrated as the story unfolds to people denying the facts, refusing to listen to the expected consequences, or worse, trying to profit off a life-shattering event instead of taking action in an attempt to destroy the comet or divert it off its current path. He works in a highly theoretical field and is a renowned scientist, who hopes that the rest of the community can ‘peer review’ his work, reach the same conclusions, and then mobilize to do something to save the planet. He is also somewhat naïve, in that he trusts and becomes part of the establishment at first, in the assumption that he can work from the inside-out to prevent this catastrophic event. He gets caught up in what is going on and sucked into their schemes, only to do a complete reversal and turn on them, when it becomes apparent to him that they are shooting themselves in the foot. Mindy, late in the story, when it becomes apparent that they are all doomed, dives back into Si comforts – he abandons his high-profile life in New York to return to his family, bringing food and an apology to his wife in the hope of spending his last few living hours among his loved ones. Much of the story, however, pivots on him abusing and even falling into an inferior Fe grip out of stress. Mindy is socially inept from the start, blurting out things inappropriately and having anxiety about needing to learn to connect to his audience. With some media training, he becomes more confident and consolatory, but his inferior Fe constantly trips him up – he assumes a woman is in love with him who wants to sleep with him, and falls in love with her in turn (blurting out that “I thought I was in love with you!” – which she finds “Oh, that’s… nice”). When his wife turns up to accuse him of cheating on her, he mutters that it’s “complicated” and doesn’t want to talk about it. Later, he assumes if he shows up with roses, an apology, and food, she will let him back into the house, rather than truly understanding the emotional devastation he has caused her; likewise, when she admits she slept with someone else while they were dating, he is unbothered by it, because that means she understands him now and they can just move on! The more anxious he becomes, the more emotional he becomes – he loses his cool on live television and screams at everyone; he makes an appearance on a children’s show and proclaims loudly that their parents should be freaking out, because “we’re all going to die!” (rather than being aware that terrifying children is inappropriate and unnecessary). Instead of working on solutions (at this point, it’s inevitable), he just becomes hysterical and loses all sense of his limited emotional awareness.
Enneagram: 9w1 so/sp
Mindy absolutely hates any kind of conflict; it causes him to spiral into anxiety and have panic attacks. When his wife turns up in his hotel room to yell at him for cheating on her, he almost totally shuts down, is cowed by her, and shrinks away from her. When others angrily discuss the comet and what’s happening in the White House, Mindy finds it hard to follow their rapid conversations and becomes confused and upset that they have moved past the issue and are ignoring it. Mindy is more likable than Kate because he’s so mild-mannered and pleasant most of the time. He’s prone to merging into people and going along with their agenda – he cheats on his wife after a 30 year marriage because a woman comes on to him, then assumes he is falling in love with her and that she feels the same way; even though he doesn’t like the government’s response, he goes along with it and becomes ‘part of the machine’ until he has a very public rage-meltdown on television. He completely loses his temper, like a kettle boiling over, and screams at everyone. Under stress, he moves more up his line to 6, insisting on ‘peer reviews,’ consulting other scientists for what they think, and asking for ideas. He wants to do what is right, but finds himself molding himself to fit others’ agendas a lot of the time, until he finally gets fed up enough to defy the authorities.