Function Order: Se-Ti-Fe-Ni
“You don’t get it, Genie. People like me don’t get anything except by pretending.”Aladdin
Aladdin lives by his senses – he’s able to save Jasmine and outsmart the guards by using the city against them, flipping off rooftops and through windows and doorways, or snatching up a rug and tossing it through an awning so the guards will think he’s fallen to his death. He sneaks into the palace to see the “Princess’ Handmaiden,” and prides himself on getting past all the guards. Aladdin sees a chance to “not” use one of his wishes to get out of the cave – and uses it. He notices things in his environment that others miss, such as Jafar using his staff to control and manipulate the sultan’s mind. He has no problem bending the rules to get what he wants, negotiating for fairer prices, stealing from others to survive (and giving away his dates), and lying to Jasmine for however long it takes to get what he wants. Genie has to remind him several times that relationships need honesty, something Aladdin fails to recognize. He is willing to live a life and deceive the woman he loves if it means keeping her affections—he sells himself to her as a Prince and doesn’t fully understand the need for authenticity, which Genie presses upon him. Aladdin is more curious about how the “lamp works” (is the lamp magic or are you???) than in just using it. He wants to know the terms of his usage of the lamp, and in what ways he can get around it, such as when he sneakily convinces the Genie to get them out of the cave without using one of his wishes. Given a chance to manipulate Jafar into becoming a Genie, he takes it by attacking Jafar’s sense of pride and ambition and goading him about being “second best.”
Enneagram: 9w8 sp/so
Aladdin is a good-natured, self-deprecating and somewhat trusting boy, who has severe doubts about his ability to charm the princess on his own terms. He doesn’t think he is worth anything on his own merit, and wants to cling to the idea of being a prince as a measure of his self-worth. In the cave of wonders, even as he’s on the brink of death, he complies with Jafar’s demands for him to “give me the lamp first,” and is almost killed in the process, due to his tendency to trust the wrong people. He is also naïve when living on the streets (Jafar picks the lamp right out of his pocket) and short-sighted in how he keeps the Genie imprisoned, knowing Jafar is in the palace and might discover the lamp’s presence. Under pressure, Aladdin shows more codependency upon the Genie, not wanting to do any of this without him and using that as an excuse to keep him bound to the lamp (moving toward 6 anxiety under stress).