The Last Station: Leo Tolstoy [ENTP 9w8]

Functional Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)

Tolstoy has always been a man of idealistic concepts and ideas, around whose philosophies in his old age has built a “religion of sorts” – and one he finds rather absurd, because it tries to uphold all of his high-minded beliefs, statements from his books taken out of context, etc. As a novelist, he used to write and then discuss ideas and changes with his wife that he would implement immediately. Going on a walk with his new secretary, he is most interested to hear about the boy’s thoughts, beliefs, and ideas, and urges him to think more for himself (“These are my words… what are your own?”). Tolstoy has no respect for the social constraints that keep him wealthy; he has discarded all trappings of being a Russian nobleman, in his desire to live freely and simply like a peasant, showing his disinterest in traditional values and systems within the society in which they function. (His wife often angrily confronts him about this, pointing out his hypocrisy in not wanting his books to feed and clothe his family, while simultaneously being “the first to the trough.”) Tolstoy occasionally uses things from his own life in his book characters (Levin being a self-insert in Anna Karenia, a philosophical debaucher seeking goodness, who finds it married to a pure and kind woman – in other words, his own life story).

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

He is logical, detached, and more interested in discussion than remaining true to himself. Also, Tolstoy has had to develop emotional sensitivity – his wife says that upon their marriage (he says to a “pure girl” who he felt was above him, because of all his debauchery) he gave her a list of all the sins he had committed and all the women he had slept with, to clear his conscience – with no thought to how she might feel about it, how devastating that might be, or how she would react. Though he shows a lot of tert-Fe behaviors in being genuinely kind to others and interested in them (he asks questions, he encourages them to think for themselves, he offers forgiveness, he tries to appease his wife’s moods), he still struggles to respond well to Sofya’s feelings and not prioritize his own.

Enneagram: 9w8 social

Tolstoy’s biggest problem is his overall passivity. He is easily influenced and led by those around him – being talked into signing over the rights to his books, even though he knows it will infuriate and upset his wife. He causes enormous conflict in the house by ignoring whatever he doesn’t want to deal with, or refusing to make firm statements, and by his avoidance of said conflict – by going behind his wife’s back, storming out of the room so as not to hear out her “tantrums,” etc. In trying to please everyone at once, he makes himself unhappy – he has to sneak out in the middle of the night away from his wife to “avoid a scene,” but also doesn’t want to hurt her, and leaves her a note. Though she upsets him with her hysterics, Tolstoy on his deathbed also says “if she wants to visit, I shall not stop her” – once again, giving her all the power rather than admitting he wants to see her before he dies. Whenever he’s around her, and she’s being pleasant, he softens toward her and slips into sharing her point of view a little bit. Tolstoy had an overactive 8 wing in his youth — he admits he could not get enough of taking whatever he wanted and visiting brothels. He sneers at the attempts Valentin makes to avoid sexual sins and his devotion to the ideals of his faith when it come to chastity. He can occasionally become explosive or ill-tempered, but as a 9, he sneaks away rather than prolong the conflict.

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