The Godfather: Michael Corleone [INTJ]

Functional Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

Michael has a very clear vision of what he wants for his family, both in the short term (his detailed desire to enact revenge for his father’s attempted murder) and the long term (his desire to move them to Las Vegas and establish a new, more profitable and “non-mafia” business). He dismisses his father’s warnings to think ahead and consider all consequences, because he is already factoring them into his thought process. His father trusts him as the new don because, unlike Sonny, he is not predisposed to erratic impulses; Michael thinks things through before he commits to them. Michael has flashes of insight and trusts his instincts; he also never takes much council, preferring to mull things over alone. His inferior Se comes out in flashes of energy – he’s clearly uncomfortable in a situation in which he must act decisively in a physical way (rising from the table and shooting two men in the face), and he prefers the rest of the time to keep his distance and dispatch others to do his work for him. He does, however, impulsively get married in Sicily since he has nothing else to do.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Michael is logical and self-contained; he sees no guards at the hospital and no one in the halls, leading him to conclude another assassination attempt on his father is forthcoming. He takes instant command, getting a nurse to help him move his father to another room, telling the baker to pretend to be an armed guard with him outside, and then acting defiant in front of the corrupt police chief. He rationally plots out avenging his father. He makes decisions based on how they impact the family (no traitors allowed) rather than on sentiment, which includes killing his sister’s husband for his role in Sonny’s murder. Often, Michael’s logic divides him from his family members – his decision to kill Fredo further alienates him from his extended family and children, and his coldness and lies to Kay encourage her to leave him. His Fi shows love in “protecting” his family, in whatever way necessary… but Michael almost never shows his true feelings. He freezes out Kay when he learns she had an abortion and refuses to speak to her or see her; in his mind, that’s the line she never should have crossed.

Enneagram: 5w6 self-preservation

Michael is a socially withdrawn, awkward and anti-social man, who when his brother welcomes him to Las Vegas with a party, orders him to make everyone leave. Sonny and the others scoff, initially, at his desire to avenge their father, because they see him as an outsider and uninvolved — prior to this, Michael has gone his own way and done his own thing. Michael thinks his plan through carefully before committing to it, and almost panics when he cannot find the gun, but has an incredible ability to compartmentalize his feelings. Though he intends to murder two men, he remains stone-faced. When his sister’s husband betrays them and gets Sonny killed, he has him killed. Unlike his father, who wants to embrace peace (a 9 wing to his 8), Michael comes up with a ruthless plan to murder all the dons to remind the Five Families the Corleones are a force to be reckoned with after Vito’s death. Michael even orders his brother’s death, after his betrayal. Because of his total ability to put aside his own emotions, his family finds many of his decisions cold — his wife leaves him, he loses his relationship with his son, his sister resents the murder of her husband, and Michael at one point laments to his mother that he is not as loved as his father. He does not understand it, the sad result of a 5ish ‘wall-building’ around his heart. His 6 wing feels loyalty to his family and a need for acceptance; it bothers him that he is not loved like his father, and he gathers security by having those around him he can trust.