The Mystery of Edwin Drood: John Jasper [INFJ]

Functional Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

John Jasper has an intuitive sense of people and their potential, as well as invests all his proverbial eggs in one basket – he has chosen Rosa as the woman he loves, without consideration for any other choice. Upon meeting the Landless boy, he subconsciously knows he can blame him for Edwin’s disappearance and have it be believable, due to the boy’s unhinged behavior. The further he sinks into laudanum, the more his sense of reality evades him – he becomes unable to distinguish his fantasies from reality, confusing his subjective impressions of the past (what happened to his father) with the future and the present. Rather than stop his addiction, instead, he drives himself further into it—making stupid, short-sighted, and foolish decisions after Edwin goes missing, thus endangering himself since he doesn’t know what he might “say” under the influence of the narcotic. He becomes increasingly unhinged, doubting the validity of his own mind and his own memory, and descending into violent and self-destructive behavior. He expresses a desire to see the world and feels “stuck” staying in one place and doing the same thing year after year.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Though ultimately a volatile man, Jasper bases his decisions on other people, and not himself. He denies himself Rosa and his affections for her, because she belongs to Edwin, but he still expresses his admiration for her openly, causing Edwin to teasingly suspect him of being in love with her. When Edwin and a house guest almost come to blows over a difference of opinion, Jasper forces them to apologize to each other, and attempts to smooth over the altercation, telling off his nephew for being socially inappropriate and “rude” to a house guest. He spends a lot of time lost in his Ti, thinking about what happened, what might have happened, what role he played in it, and trying to sort out fantasy from reality, without success (especially since he keeps going back into his destructive behaviors). He winds up in a loop of self-reinforcing beliefs.

Enneagram: 1w2 so/sx

Jasper is desperately in love with Rosa, but represses this because Edwin has a prior claim to her. He is rigidly trying to live his life in accordance with a higher sense of duty, responsibility, and goodness, while also indulging a secret lifestyle of over-indulgence and opium addiction. When Edwin is inappropriate and rude to his guest, Jasper demands he apologize and tries to make them both behave better in his house. He is eaten up inside over what he might have done to his nephew. Under stress, Jasper slides into 4 disintegration — he becomes violent and selfish, abusive toward Rosa, and preoccupied with his intense feelings with no concern for anyone else’s. He abandons his former moral principles and tries to pin a murder on someone else by framing him, then leaps to his own death out of guilt. His 2 wing cares about appearances and protects his reputation, but also prides himself in his high position in the church as a choir director, and can be outward-focused, helpful, and charming, even predatory in his aggressive desire to protect Rosa.