MBTI Type: ESFJ
Mrs. Patmore makes no secret about how she feels, at all times. She’s extremely in tune to the emotions of those around her, especially William – she urges Daisy to marry the boy to keep him happy, routinely ignoring Daisy’s objections on “moral grounds,” because she prioritizes the wishes of a dying boy ahead of Daisy’s feelings (having a broader emotional worldview, and morals that shift based on the situation at hand). She frets, she blusters, she asserts, but she cares much more than she lets on. She often agrees with or warms up to those who share her opinions, and she feels anxious in the recovery of her eye surgery that the Crawleys might “like” the new cook so much, they’ll replace her. It’s an irrational fear, since Mr. Crawley himself paid for her operation in the first place – showing her tendency not to analyze too deeply or reach truly rational conclusions (inferior Ti). She likes things just so in her kitchen, and is meticulous. She makes most of her recipes from memory and all of them go well, except when her eyesight fails and she reaches for the salt instead of the sugar. She doesn’t like change, nor to adapt. Mrs. Patmore doesn’t really enjoy the shifting of the social classes after the war, nor understand Daisy’s need and desire to “make something of herself.” She is practical, focused on attending to the daily needs of the house, and suspicious of anything too new or untested. She likes new ideas, but doesn’t much go in for “fanciful notions.” She tends to be anxious and fear the worst under stress.
Enneagram: 6w5 sp/so
At first I thought Mrs. Patmore might be a 2, but she’s very reactive—reactive types have emotional responses to things, and tend to become defensive when challenged. Mrs. Patmore places a lot of pride in her work in the kitchen, but also copes with a lot of fear. She’s fearful of being replaced, assuming that they will fire her for developing cataracts on her eyes (even though she has no reason to think this, because the family is very loyal to their staff). She feels anxious being left alone in the hospital before her surgery. She is also reactive with Daisy in the kitchen, often scolding her for doing things poorly, but also being proud and arrogant when faced with competition. She gets defensive when other cooks are around, showing the 6’s line to 3, and their emphasis on competency. 6s can peacock and present themselves as important, while still being reliant on authority and desiring it. She can be somewhat negative, suspicious, and lost in her own ideas about what might go wrong and how she might be held responsible for it.