The Man in the High Castle: John Smith [INTJ]

Functional Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

John’s inferior officers are often four steps behind him and only just figuring out what he seems to have discerned in advance, from guessing people’s motivations (“I knew you were hiding something from me”; “I hoped I was wrong about you, Joe”; “I knew he was lying, but wanted to test you”) to keeping his focus on the broader picture and its implications at all times. He is a sharp judge of character and forever shaping his actions in the context of the aftermath (what will this do to his career, or his standing? – this is Ni/Te together). He anticipates events and sets things in motion for them, just in case (“If I don’t come back…”), and is good at setting up traps for people to fall into in advance of the situation. He reaffirms often that he does not like to think into the past, but instead desires to always “move and look forward.” When his car is detained and he is nearly assassinated, John has to think and react quickly on his feet – and he responds fast enough to save his life; but he much prefers to plan things and handle them on his own terms. He is prone to risk taking, but he seems to anticipate his decisions rather than commit to them in the heat of the moment – even the murder (“suicide”) of an insubordinate officer comes across as premeditated, rather than impulsive (inferior Se).

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

He believes in rules and regulations, and doing things “by the book.” He informs Joe that if one is part of a machine, one cannot do whatever one wants to, because then the machine ceases to function properly – each “cog” must function according to its intended purpose. John issues orders and expects them to be obeyed. He has no real qualms about turning in an old friend in order to preserve his greater idealism or his futuristic ambitions. Sensing Joe is not entirely honest with him, John sets up a trap to gain proof and catch him in the act.  He is comfortable in the chain of command and rational in all his decisions, even the risky ones. His actions may seem cold to outsiders, but glimpsing John at home and with his son shows another man than the one who brutally orders beatings and executions; he dearly loves his wife and children, and tries to protect them, even going so far as to risk all their lives to ensure his son survives. When learning devastating news about a member of his immediate family, John does not discuss it with anyone, but grieves in private. His honor is sometimes put aside for a “greater moral good,” but he desperately tries to help an old friend gain footing after a betrayal of the Third Reich, and his personal values are absolute.

Enneagram: 6w5 social

John is careful and distrustful. All his actions, even when he comes to power, are about protecting his family from outside threats and influences. He carefully thinks situations through and tackles them objectively, but his strikes are always preemptive to prevent anyone from learning the truth (he kills the doctor, and covers it up, to conceal his intention to smuggle away his son out of the Reich). John finds a deep sense of loyalty in Nazism and even when he has the chance to break free of it, much to his wife’s astonishment, he continues to promote its values — because he has not given up on it, even having faced tremendous sacrifices on his behalf. He betrayed a friend out of fear of the consequences. John is suspicious of Joe and his motives; he questions his loyalty and tests him, to determine whose side he is on. But he also has the warmth and family-focus that comes easily to 6s. His 5 wing is self-reliant, introverted, and withdrawn. He can compartmentalize his emotions through it to make difficult decisions.

Reviews: Season 1 (2015), Season 2 (2016), Season 3 (2018), Season 4 (2019).