MBTI Type: INTP
Hypatia is always questioning the universe, philosophizing without a “purpose” or “end destination” in mind, ruminating over the same questions, encouraging independence of thought and the sharing of fresh ideas, and is fixated on “why” is this happening. Orestes does not understand how she can keep questioning the same things over and over; in his mind, they work so why does she need to think about them, but she lives to dwell in her thoughts, to come up with thought experiments, and to theorize by going back to old ideas. Often, she will say that something is significant but she is not yet sure “why.” It’s just a piece of a larger puzzle. She is a mathematician, philosopher, and obsessed with the cosmos and attempting to figure out why the stars move as they do, and whether the sun is at the center of the universe. Having the answers would not change how people lived their lives, but it would make her happy. She needs to know why. Her thinking is highly abstract and outward; she is indiscriminate in adopting ideas, provided they make sense, and refuses to convert to Christianity because it’s not rational or who she is, rather than go along with it for her own personal safety. She has no conversation that does not revolve around what could be, or what the heavens represent, or the center of gravity, or wondering why things fall in certain ways. She is delighted when her own theories get proven wrong, because it allows her to think about even more things! But she is also attached to sentiment and the memory of her father. She risks her life to try and rescue “important texts” before people burn the Library of Alexandra. She values some of the old, discredited theories when considering the cosmos, as she tries to breathe new life into them. Above all, she has inferior Fe. She comes across as warm, generous, and good-hearted, but not particularly socially aware. She tries to gently rebuff a man’s attentions and when that fails, she humiliates him by handing him a handkerchief with her period blood on it, so that no one will ever propose to her again. She becomes testy and impatient with her slave under pressure, rejecting him and causing him to turn against her. She doesn’t see the point of a false religious conversion to appease the local authorities, and this lack of an ability to adapt to a changing world brings about her unfortunate martyrdom.
Enneagram: 5w6 so/sp
Hypatia wants to avoid any kind of attachment whatsoever, and does not want to be impacted by the outside world or corrupted by it, so she throws herself into her studies as a mathematician and philosopher. When a young Orestes tries to woo her, she pushes him away, but later confesses that she isn’t sure that this is all life holds for her, and she feels like something is missing. When he suggests it might be romance, she dismisses that as an irrational notion and talks about the stars. She wants people to take an interest in her mind, not her body or anything else about her, so she hides away from the world and buries herself in her obsession with the solar system, pondering the same questions for decades until she comes up with her theory of an “imperfect circle,” and rejects the concept of the galaxy moving in a circle. But she also wants to protect and share her knowledge, so as a social 5, she reaches out to pull others toward her, through her position as a teacher. Her 6 wing makes her somewhat warm and instructive, attached to her father, and grounds her 5’s tendency to “float” in “things that do not matter,” by pulling her back down to earth. All she wants to do is think.
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