Is Dr. Hannibal Lecter an Enneagram Type Five and a Psychopath?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a popular character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. Lecter is most likely an Enneagram Type Five, his MBTI is INTJ.

Enneagram Fives are usually moderated restrained when it comes to expressing their emotions, however they frequently have stronger feelings than they display.  Few people know what is going on beneath the surface, as Fives have an often overwhelming need for privacy.  Fives feel relaxed and at ease in their realm of thought.  They are generally intelligent, perceptive, well read and sometimes scientifically oriented.  INTJ’s are called The Masterminds.  They enjoy logical reasoning and complex problem-solving.  They are analytical, eager to improve systems and processes with their innovative ideas.  INTJ’s often perceive the world as a chess board to be navigated.  

Contrary to the popular beliefs of the fans, Lecter is neither a psychopath nor a sociopath. He is just a fictional character highly functional “psychopath” that thankfully does not exist in the real world.

Sociopaths tend to be nervous and easily agitated. They are volatile and prone to emotional outbursts, including fits of rage. Psychopaths, on the other hand, are unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities.

It was clear throughout the movie that Lecter is always calm, engage in thinking while listening to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Aria Da Capo, and he has a huge amount of empathy. He enjoyed deep and meaningful conversations albeit for a greater purpose rather than just to chat. And he cares for Clarice Starling, a student at the FBI Academy. A true psychopath will not be able to display such feelings.

Here’s a conversation from the movie Silence of The Lambs…

Hannibal Lecter: You still wake up sometimes, don’t you? You wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the lambs.

Clarice Starling: Yes.

Hannibal Lecter: And you think if you save poor Catherine, you could make them stop, don’t you? You think if Catherine lives, you won’t wake up in the dark ever again to that awful screaming of the lambs.

Clarice Starling: I don’t know. I don’t know.

Hannibal Lecter: Thank you, Clarice. Thank you.

Clarice Starling: Tell me his name, Doctor.

Hannibal Lecter: Dr. Chilton, I presume. I think you know each other.

Dr. Frederick Chilton: Okay. Let’s go.

Clarice Starling: It’s your turn, Doctor.

Dr. Frederick Chilton: Out!

Clarice Starling: Tell me his name!

Boyle: I’m sorry, ma’am. We’ve got orders. We have to put you on a plane. Come on, now. [Chilton and the guards start leading Clarice out]

Hannibal Lecter: Brave Clarice. You will let me know when those lambs stop screaming, won’t you?

Clarice Starling: Tell me his name, Doctor!

Hannibal Lecter: Clarice, your case file. Goodbye, Clarice.