Functional Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

Scrooge is a philosopher, who spends Christmas Day musing on human nature, and whether it might be more beneficial, instead of a day in which everyone falsely pretends to be kind, they have a day in which others are genuine in how they think and feel about their employers. He accurately perceives that Cratchit might have a thing or two to tell him. He debates with the spirits over his fate, and re-interprets what they show him to defend himself (justifying his evil behavior for the crimes done to him), as well as adamantly refuses to change his warped view on human nature. Scrooge stubbornly clings to his own perceptions; he believes “everyone has a price,” and even humiliates Mrs. Cratchet to find out what hers is. He shows almost no inferior Se development, except in his occasional impulsiveness.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

He finds himself counting things almost constantly, from the steps people are taking in the street to the money in his desk drawers. Scrooge sees people in terms of profits, gains, or benefits. He has harsh views of those who do not “pull their own weight” in society. He  believes in a trade system, of you give me that for this. When Mrs. Cratchet begs him for a loan, Scrooge points out how even if her husband paid it back with interest and docked wages, a five year debt would be an extremely low and therefore profitless interest rate. The Spirits berate him for “making everything about himself,” and must remind him to think of other people when showing him flashes into the past, present, and future. Scrooge has a personal moral system that values animals, especially horses, more highly than human lives. He concludes, based on his abhorrent behavior, that he does not deserve redemption “and nor do I seek it.”

Enneagram: 5w4 self-preservation

Scrooge has the negative 5 problem of “taking, and never giving.” He sees no problem ripping people off, such as when he purchases a factory for far less than it’s worth and sells it off three days later with no changes to its development process. He hacks it up and sells it for “parts,” cutting two hundred jobs in the process. Marley liked him, because he knew how to scrimp and save and live minimally. He has a large house, but almost no furniture, certainly nothing that generates his own pleasure or happiness (the 5 tendency to “go without”). He has avoided any emotional entanglements, and has an almost impossible time of allowing himself to be changed through the Spirits’ intervention, due to his rigid stubbornness and self-reliance. He has a whimsical, dark, and distrustful nature that also has a sense of “twee.” His 4 wing blames his past for all his present and future problems, seeing himself as ruined, and broken, and seeking to cause others similar pain.

Review: A Christmas Carol (2019).

Other adaptations: A Christmas Carol (1999), A Christmas Carol (2005), A Christmas Carol (2009).