Changeling: Christine Collins [ISTJ 1w2]

Function Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Christine bases her entire worldview on her own experiences. She knows this boy is not her son, because he matches nothing about her son’s former life – not his height, nor his habits, nor his tone of voice, nor his appearance. She finds herself struggling to adapt to new situations in which she has no former experience – in the institution, she doesn’t know how to react or what to do until another inmate tells her how to get around the guards, how to present herself to the doctor, how to seem reasonable, and why they are all “in here” (the cops use it as their “dumping ground” for “women who cause trouble”). Christine, once she figures out what’s going on, sets out to learn everything she can, cover every possible trail, and reach out to everyone she can think of, as a way to move forward. Christine can’t understand why the corrupt Ti-using policeman can’t see what is right in front of his nose – the plain facts that this is not her son. He’s circumcised. He’s three inches shorter than her son. His dental records don’t match. He doesn’t know his schoolteacher’s name or where to sit in the classroom. She finds factual evidence to support her knowing and then presents it to them, expecting them to be rational. But this isn’t about rationality, it’s about “appearances.” Even though she stubbornly sticks to her mantra (“This is not my son”) in the mental ward and refuses to sign something that states otherwise just to get out, she also tries to find reasonable, logical ways to survive. But she spends a lot of time in Fi – preoccupied with what she sees as right / wrong, rather than reflecting on how she’s making “fake Walter” feeling (though she does apologize, and take care of him “because it’s the right thing to do and he has no one else”). She can become hysterical and defiant. She has classic inferior Ne traits – idealism and a hope she can still find her son (even though the odds are slim) while failing to grasp the big picture until the Reverend points it out to her – that causing trouble may backfire in a big way. That the police’s reputation rests on her acceptance of this boy as proof they have “closed their case.” In the end, she chooses to reject reality (her son’s death) in favor of what she wants to believe (he escaped).

Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp

Christine tells her son never to start fights, but always finish them. She’s dutiful, going to work even when she doesn’t feel like it, because it’s the “right thing to do.” She takes in a boy that isn’t hers, and cares for him, because “it’s the right thing to do” (he has no one else to look after him). She’s angry the police department is telling lies, and trying to make her tell lies, because that’s immoral, and wrong, and a miscarriage of justice. They should be looking for her son! So…she takes them on. She wants to force them to do the right thing. She trusts her own mind, more than she trusts other people. She continues working even though her entire life is falling apart, and refuses to give up hope. Her 2 wing makes her helpful, but also assertive in standing on her convictions.