Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)
Matthew is an incredibly precise and detailed man, who has taken up the job of a tax collector despite cultural prejudices against him, and keeps a running tally of everyone’s debts not only on paper, laid out methodically for his Roman higher-ups, but also in his head. He recalls instantly how much Simon Peter owes him, and trusts that because Simon has proven unreliable in the past, that he is unlikely to fulfill his obligations to the Romans. In this way, past precedent sets firm ideas in his head about who people are, what is and is not appropriate, etc. Which is why he is so shocked when Jesus asks him, of all people, to join the disciples. Through witnessing the miracles of Jesus, he has come to find him interesting and curious, and abandons his job, security, and responsibilities to the Roman Empire, to follow him—showing a low Ne desire to see the world through a different lens, a belief in greater things to come, and an interest in deepening his insights.
Judging Functional Axis:
Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)
He keeps careful books full of numbers and accounts, can quickly add up things in his head, and calculates easily how much Simon Peter’s miracle catch is (“This is worth a lot!”). His bluntness comes from logic as well as his Asperger’s Syndrome; he tells his commanding officer he thinks Simon is duping them, and that they cannot trust him to keep his word or deliver on what he promised. He makes most of his decisions based on facts, and is frank about the truth of his low position in society (“You were born a Roman; I chose it. Even my own parents do not speak to me”). Matthew endures the scorn and hatred of others and turns up to work faithfully each day. Though Matthew does not admit it, he clearly regrets losing his parents and his sister, through his life choice – he visits their home for the Sabbath meal, but does not knock on their door or enter, for fear of rejection and their anger. He eagerly responds to Jesus as the first person to show him kindness and ‘want him,’ despite who he is and what he has done.
Enneagram: 3w4 self-preservation
Matthew is extremely hard-working and proud of his accomplishments. He chose the job he did because it pays five times better than any Jewish job and makes use of his extraordinarily ‘mathematical brain.’ Our first introduction to him showcases his fondness for wealth, since he has a dozen pair of shoes to choose from (and chucks one pair that is ‘worth a month’s wages’ for a poor person into the street after stepping in dog poop). He dresses in rich robes and seems proud of the good work he does, but does not boast or draw much attention to himself. His 4 wing causes him to feel different from others (he knows this, but turns it into a positive in his mind, in the fashion of an elitist), but also nurture his more injured emotions and sadness at being rejected; it makes him open to the acceptance and warmth Jesus shows him.