A United Kingdom: Seretse Khama [ENFJ]

Functional Order: Fe-Ni-Se-Ti

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Seretse is a man who thinks in terms of “we” and “my people,” as well as his social responsibility for their long-term welfare and the economic improvement of his country, for the sake of his tribe and future generations. When confronted with the belief that his choice of wife will not be acceptable to his people, he agrees to “let them decide” whether he will retain power as their king or not. Ultimately, Seretse sacrifices his own position for the greater good for his people (and his reward is that they elect him as their first president). Unlike his future wife, Seretse is more second-thinking about their proposed marriage, after her family and friends object to it. He does not want to cause a rift between them, ask her to live in Africa in conditions she did not prepare herself for, or intend to cause an international incident. Seretse tries to build a sense of community within his tribe; his rift from his uncle causes him much distress until he finds common ground in which they can unite (here is what the British government is doing to us; if we do this together, we can stop them). Seretse does attempt to understand what he cannot, but mostly gives way to social respect for segregation and tradition within his community, without over-questioning it in an aggressive manner. His inferior Ti also is inclined to simply give up, rather than fight, when the battle for his return to his country seems lost.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

He is a forward-thinking man, who believes his tribe should be the first to step away from the awful segregation of South Africa and establish a democracy. Seretse chooses to forsake his royal lineage and hundreds of years of unbroken tradition to propose a new system of government, in which each person in the tribe can have a say. He both anticipates problems with his marriage and underestimates the severity of the problems it will cause in Africa, out of an idealistic belief that humans can rise above petty racism. He talks about his future “vision” for Africa, and foresees and anticipates how the British government is going to block his return to Africa if Ruth comes with him to London (he’s right about that, but did not foresee their Plan B tactic, to separate them). Seretse has a sense that they need to prepare for the future, in terms of retaining all their mining rights; and he’s right, when he learns the British government has found diamonds on their property. Unlike his wife, he is not prone to “living in the moment.” But he enjoys a good party, he loves a good jazz record, and he’s not above using his fists to defend the woman he loves against the nasty things said about her in the street. His decision to marry her is impulsive and prompted by the “heat of the moment.” When separated from Ruth in temporary exile, he becomes depressed in his belief this will not end; that he cannot stand the separation; he cannot see a way out (loops out of Ni).

Enneagram: 3w2 social

Seretse has an almost uncanny ability to keep calm and carry on, even when the situation seems dire – and to look good while doing it. His calm, confident and ambitious self is first what draws his wife to him. He is a competent and effective leader within his own country, easily able to adapt to the roles others expect of him (and not inclined to cause trouble other than in his insistence on rights for the good of his people and his refusal to not marry his wife). Seretse appeals to the public for their support when prevented from returning home to his wife (Fe and a social-oriented 3, knowing how to work the crowd). Under stress, he disintegrates into 9ish passivity, depression, and lack of ambition, believing all he has worked toward is for naught. His 2 wing truly cares about his people and doing what is best for them, helping liberate them from an oppressive government, in order to establish a democracy, as well as enrich them as individuals after the discovery of diamonds on their land.