MBTI Type: ISTP
Ian is one of the most reprehensible versions of an ISTP, in that while all of his actions are logical to the extreme, none of them are even remotely compassionate toward his fellow human beings. He is duke without any money, who decides the best way to sustain himself is to marry rich women, drain them dry of their inheritance, and then divorce them so he can marry someone else, repeating the process to infinity. How he drains their resources is a combination of excessive spending, binge-drinking, and promiscuity, mounting debts he does not intend to pay and never thinking about the potential consequences of them—he doesn’t care where the money for that glamorous mink coat comes from, which means his new wife Margaret winds up paying for it, while it’s still in the hands of his “ex” wife. He doesn’t think about bill collectors or possibly going to jail, he just keeps on having a “good time.” Nor is he concerned with her having him arrested for breaking into her house and stealing evidence out of her dresser—in the process, he climbs on top of her and holds her down while his daughter rifles through her desk drawers—in the middle of the night! And he wastes no time in finding new women to replace the old ones, once the money runs dry. He falls into bed with Margaret right after he meets her, then drives her up to Scotland to show her the house, which she decides to fix up, and promptly divorces his wife so he can marry her—proposing after their very first sexual encounter. He also tends to neglect her emotional needs; having obtained her and her money, he routinely shuts her out of his life, doesn’t come home when she asks him to, and even leaves her alone to entertain his two children (neither of which like her), while he goes “out for a walk.” Whatever he doesn’t want to deal with, he ignores—while being whiny and belligerent about having his own needs met. Inferior Fe can be temperamental and childish, two descriptions he fits well. Sometimes, he feels remorseful and makes things up to her after an argument; other times, he loses his temper and becomes violent and unpredictable, or says cruel things calculated to hurt or offend her. He also blackmails her with a photograph, which he uses to smear her “moral character” in the courtroom (and later, the press), and doesn’t understand why his lawyer is so hesitant to use it.
Enneagram: 8w9 sp/so
Unhealthy 8s tend to be controlling personalities who bulldoze their way through people, and that’s certainly the case with Ian. He has no scruples about going after whatever he wants and getting it now. He meets Margaret on a train, introduces himself, and immediately makes a pass at her and invites her to his Scottish estate, even though both of them know he’s married. Once she accepts his ring, he dumps his wife—just as he dumped the one before that—and goes for it. He can be a surly drunk, but in general, he’s just mean. He says cruel things to try and tear her down, rebels against her attempts to domesticate him, and uses harsh tactics against her (after she pays to refurbish the castle, he gets a restraining order so she can’t come within five miles of the place, then lets her think she’s going to take all of her furniture home, only for his lawyer to tell her she can’t, because he mortgaged all her things to pay a different loan, rendering her “writ” of ownership irrelevant). He lies to her and tells her the Navy is funding his sea expedition, when in reality, he’s refusing to pay the bill for that and leaving her to clean up the mess. Under stress, he shows unhealthy 5 traits in being paranoid, suspicious, and secretive, including becoming neurotic about the idea of his second wife cheating on him. He rushes off to angrily confront her with the letter he found, and demand to know the truth. More often, we see him “avoiding” with his 9 wing. He doesn’t want arguments (unless he can win). He tells his wife that all he wants “is peace.” When his sons arrive, he leaves her to entertain them—probably to avoid being confronted with their angry feelings about him divorcing their mother and marrying another woman. He also numbs himself to things and doesn’t pay any attention to anything he doesn’t want to think about, such as “this debt will come due.” He just assumes it will take care of itself in time—and it always does, after he finds yet another woman to bankroll him.
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