MBTI Type: ISFP
Lois says when she introduces her sons that Jonathan was always cheerful and good-natured, but that Jordan was “another thing entirely.” It’s true, he’s emotionally deep, full of internal angst, and has a lot of inner feelings he cannot easily express to other people. He bottles them up inside and goes away to be somewhere alone to deal with them. But he also makes decisions with his heart rather than his head—whether that’s to pursue and kiss a girl he feels attracted to (even if she has a boyfriend who could knock his block off) or to try and stand up to a Kryptonian in order to protect his family (and get knocked on his butt). Jordan feels a great deal of resentment at his father not telling him the truth for a long time, and a lot of excitement at the idea that he might have some powers similar to his dad. But he’s often overpowered by them and just wants to close them out, rather than feel his way through them. He’s deeply hurt by Jor-El’s wrongful insistence that he is nothing special and that his powers are a fluke. Jordan lives fully in the present moment and acts on his feelings in that moment—whether that involves cutting class to hang out with his girlfriend, rushing into dangerous situations to help out his loved ones, or in feeling miserable about being alienated at school and assuming his life will never change. He resents not being hands-on and involved; he loves it when he learns to play football and is good at it, because for the first time in his life, he is doing something physically intense that makes him feel normal. Unlike his brother, who dismisses some of his insights as nonsense, Jordan has an intuitive sense of being different from a young age; he thinks their dad is hiding something from them, and he goes digging to find out what that might be. He prefers direct action to explanations, but also can be intense under stress—Jordan will tell people off, storm out of the room, slam a door, or lose control of his abilities. Once it’s on him to find out where his father has gone, he doesn’t really care about what’s going on in his dad’s head, he just wants to know whether or not he is fighting for them by resisting the mind control.
Enneagram: 6w5 sp/sx
Jordan comes across like a 4 at first, but he also pursues people – he sees a girl he thinks is pretty and goes for it, immediately kissing her and wanting to be her boyfriend, which seems less “withdrawn” (4s are alienated and withdrawn) and more “moving toward people” (6s are in the dependent stance, so they want to connect). He seems to want to be “normal” (4s don’t want to be fixed or normal, that would make them “like everybody else”). It makes him happy to think he might have powers like his dad (it would make his alienation worthwhile), and is upset when he thinks he might not have any abilities (because then there’s no reason for him feeling unwanted). Jordan suffers from low self esteem and anxiety about not being good enough; he assumes he can’t control his powers and over-depends on his father for guidance; he assumes he can’t use them to find Superman when he goes off the radar (even though he aggressively tries to protect his family from Morgan Edge). When Lois enters his mind, she finds him hiding in his room, having prematurely given up, since he doesn’t see himself as strong enough to fight—her encouragement allows him to break the hold he is under and force a foreign state of mind out of his head. He has to believe in himself, and think he can do it on his own, to accomplish this. Jordan is somewhat skeptical and cautious; he thinks his dad is hiding things from him, he is more concerned with the safety of his family and friends (and protective of them), and feels most at ease when he is connected to other people (has a girlfriend, is welcomed by members of the football team, etc). He is very emotional and reactive and easily upset, but reassures his girlfriend that they will do things “together.”