Pride and Prejudice: Mr. Bingley [ESFJ]

Functional Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Bingley is incredibly straightforward about his feelings and eager to share them – he is overly emotional and pronounces everything wonderful, from the beautiful room to all the pretty girls in it. He frequently conflicts with Darcy over his desire to see everything in a negative light, since it’s so easy for him to find pleasure in everything. It embarrasses him that Darcy will not conform to social expectations and dance, since it is assumed that they should do so. He promises Lydia that he will hold a ball for everyone in the district, aware it is his responsibility as a new, important landowner. Since he is so agreeable (owing to his Enneagram type), Bingley spends very little time detachedly analyzing anyone or anything; it is much easier for him to simply love it the way it is. He never questions Darcy’s information, or his influence, and unhappily allows him to “think” for him as regards Jane, but never loses his affection for her.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

He is attentive to and aware of the social expectations of the groups he interacts with, and the county in which he resides. These are all built of “what has worked in the past,” and are “assumed” by Bingley to be the correct way of doing things. One holds balls. One courts a lady politely. One dances as a way of getting acquainted. Bingley has good intuition in the sense that he’s able to be excited about the future, and see positive things about every situation… but it is poor, when it comes to understanding the motivations of those around him. Darcy is leading him wrong, and his sisters have their own (prejudiced) reasons to pull him away from Jane. He never guesses what they are doing, or that they are concealing things from him, such as Jane’s presence in town.

Enneagram: 9w1 social

Bingley is the embodiment of a 9 – he does not want anything to bother him, so he makes everything delightful by re-framing it in his mind, and focusing only on the good things. He is exuberant in his praise and unable to find fault in anyone or anything, which conflicts with Darcy’s cynicism. Where Darcy sees “plain girls,” Bingley has never seen “so many pretty ones in all my life.” He stubbornly refuses to change this view even when others pressure him to be more realistic. It’s simply nicer for him to live in his own little dream world. He is so agreeable, he allows Darcy to drive him away from Jane. Darcy and his sisters take him to task, and force him to move out of the neighborhood. Mr. Bennet also fears that between him and Jane, both sweet, unaffected 9s, that their “servants will always cheat them.” His 1 wing has a sense of duty and wants to do what is right.