Rear Window: L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries [ENTP]

Functional Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)

While recovering from a broken leg in his stuffy apartment, Jeff is busy over-thinking his impending engagement, coming up with a dozen reasons it cannot work based on faulty low Si past-precedent (you lose your autonomy, all marriages end in fighting, it makes men unhappy, etc). He has made these grand generalizations based on observance, and not personal opinion. He does not want to settle down due to low Si having yet to establish a sense of “home” rather than constant exploration; another person accuses him of “over thinking, rather than doing” – “In my day,” she says, “we just got married.”Then, he starts people-watching and immediately leaps to intuitive speculations about where a woman went, why her husband would sneak out in the middle of the night, and how to get the police involved in investigating a murder investigation. He has no real proof of being right, but trusts his instincts so completely, he pulls other people into his theories. Jeff wants the police to investigate without much evidence, and then asks what kind of evidence is required to get a search warrant.

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

He is argumentative and factual in his protestations against marriage, but stubborn in refusing to consider alternatives. Lisa debates with him about her willingness to leave and explore the jungles at his side, but he shoots down her reasoning and counters with his own. Why, she would not like eating fish heads or abandoning her high heels and never having any money and she might possibly freeze to death in Siberia! Jeff trusts his reasoning and all if it is sound: he wonders what a man did with a dead body, then concludes he must have cut her up into pieces and taken her out into parts of the city. He then killed the dog, because it was digging around the flowerbed. His Fe is not above complaining about how miserable he is, asking his nurse for advice on what to do about getting married, or trying to persuade Lisa to give up on her ideas in that direction. He uses his awareness of how psychology works to freak out the next door neighbor, by letting him know that someone saw what he did.

Enneagram: 7w6 self-preservation

His entire resistance to the idea of marriage is his desire to avoid potential unhappiness and pain – rather than seeing the positives of settling down and maintaining a steady marital relationship, Jeff focuses on the negatives: it will tie him down, possibly to one place, and put an end to his adventures and fun. Even if Lisa is pretty, that’s not a fair trade. So he argues fiercely against it, exaggerating the hardships of being a photographer, in an attempt to get her to change her mind –and then when he hurts her feelings, he’s distraught at the idea that she might never come back. But for Lisa, “just as we are” means “there is no future for us.” Jeff is caught in his own prolonged bachelorhood adolescence. He simply does not want to grow up, and hates the idea of staying in one place. His 6 wing is suspicious, watching his neighbors and making negative inferences from their lives (sometimes, he is right, such as about the murder, and that all marriages lead to eventual quarrels and boredom – even the newlywed groom seems to tire of his wife always calling him away from the window). He is also risk-adverse when it involves Lisa, and terrified that she might get caught or killed. Jeff doesn’t want to give up his carefree life and free time for another person. He shows genuine confusion when his nurse tells him when a man and a woman love each other, they just “come together” without thinking about it.