Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te

Edith is highly sensitive to insults and easily hurt by Mary’s various statements (“At least I’m not fishing with no bait”). She feels a strong need to be authentic to her feelings and holds true to them, even when it’s not the right time or place. In some instances, she can appear almost selfish in how she expresses herself (after a disaster around the dinner table, she draws attention to her ruined dress, rather than being concerned for Carson’s health). Edith does not appear to think about how her budding romance with a farmer will impact his wife. Edith fails to think about how spreading rumors of her sister’s affair with Pamuk may ruin her own chances at marriage; she complains to her husband that she is left alone to bring a new child into the world. Unlike her more idealistic sister Sybil, Edith actively wants to be hands-on and engaged with the outside world; she is at her happiest when she is allowed to be modern and do things with her hands — care for the soldiers in the convalescent home, learn to run a tractor and perform farm chores, step in as the editor when her lover goes overseas to obtain a divorce, etc. Edith sees and leaps on chances to find a beau, often because they are right in front of her and available. Some of her choices, such as to spread negative rumors about Mary, or her decision to put her daughter into a home near Downton, are short-sighted and damaging to the family. She does not show much Ni, except that she wants her life to be worth something and tends to set her heart on certain men. She can be somewhat naive about people’s intentions. She feels most useful when allowed to be true to herself and run a newspaper, which is when she brings in some Te development. She can be blunt under stress, frankly telling off her sister.

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Edith is starved for love, so she desperately moves toward anyone who wants or needs it from her; first trying to chase and attract Matthew, then Sir Anthony Strallon, then a random farmer, then the man she winds up engaged to and whose illegitimate child she bears, all while being angry at her sister, bitter about never being wanted, and somewhat self-centered. When Carson, who has served her family for a long time, has what looks like a heart attack in the dining room after spilling soup on her dress, when her mother tells her to run to town and fetch the doctor, Edith complains about her dress being ruined, without thought for how it will look or anyone else (“But what about my dress?”). She meanly exposes her sister’s scandal to ruin her, never thinking how it will reflect on the rest of them, and then doesn’t deny it or apologize for a long time. She tends to chase after unavailable men, then become full of angst and drama when she loses them or they leave her at the altar (just another sign of how rejected she is, and how nobody wants her). Under stress, she moves into 2ish behaviors and that helps her find her calling by serving the needs of the soldiers convalescing in their home—she writes letters for them, fetches books for them, and finds out all about their lives. She enjoys helping the farmer on his farm, and doing things for other people. Edith spends half her time in tears because Mary has said something cruel to her, or ruined her chances at happiness with yet another beau. As time goes on, Edith becomes more self-confident in her connections, her beauty, and her talents, by becoming a newspaper woman. She wants to stand out, to feel important, and to compete with her sister in terms of beauty and attractiveness, but isn’t always sure how to succeed in this, until she gets her foot in the publishing door. Edith loves to be the center of attention, will yield to flattery, and chases her own success.