The Current War: Thomas Edison [ENTP]

Functional Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)

Edison is a man with endless ideas about how to improve the world around him, who creates a business based around just that. He tends to obsess over one idea for awhile, such as electrical current, and neglect others in pursuit of that end. He is so busy engaging in a “get there first” desire to light up towns that others in the industry have to remind him that he could sell his gramophone for thousands of dollars. Edison focuses on the broader picture, finding it not a far leap from lighting up industries to using an electric chair. He tends to neglect details, and pay little attention to his personal life or to social expectations of behavior, leading to an initial insult that sets his competitor against him. Tesla finds it difficult to work in his environment, because it is so “disorganized.”

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

He is somewhat more interested in tinkering with things than applying them; he has countless inventions he has not yet patented and sold. Edison has moral opinions (that it is cruel to execute people, and morally wrong to do so) that he puts aside in order to do this humanely; he engages in extensive discussions about the electrical chair, and how much current is necessary to kill a man without “cooking him” or “leaving him in pain,” even though he somewhat disapproves of the entire process. Edison is easily convinced to use undermining tactics against his competitors, accusing their electrical current of being lethal and using it on farm animals to prove his point. On occasion, he will moralize at others or display his Fe opinions.

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Edison is a workaholic who neglects his family and personal life in favor of his business. He can be so fixated on the goal, he does not stop to do the necessary socializing to bring his inventions to the public’s attention. He recognizes the things he does not want his name associated with, and goes out of his way to conceal them, telling the man building the electric chair to “burn” all of his correspondence. To make his involvement known might damage his business. After his wife’s death, though absolutely devastated, he continues to throw himself into his current obsessions as an escape, focusing on finishing them. Others can easily persuade his 2 wing into taking on things he might ordinarily ignore; he feels strongly morally responsible at times, and helps out of a position of superior knowledge.