Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi
Mary only comes when the Banks family most needs her… to teach the children how to solve their own problems and think for themselves. She uses a trip to visit her cousin to teach them how to see the value in looking at things from a different perspective. She takes the children on an adventure in an animated world to plant ideas in their heads about an “evil wolf” that wants to prey on them, to inspire them to see the connection between the banker and their father. In each situation, Mary controls the outcome so it is always how she wants it to be – in the small things (Jack and Jane’s meeting) and in the bigger ones (ensuring Georgie takes the box of “junk” outside). She comes with a lot of memories that she uses to compare the children to, and measure against how their lives should have turned out (“I see you still giggle”). Mary is still focused on producing tangible results in people’s lives, and using similar methods each time to do it – as she taught the kids to do their own housework and chores, now she teaches them other useful things. She uses symbolism in the children’s fun activities to change their thinking and cause them to see what’s going on under the surface of events, rather than just reacting to them. She also shows a great zeal for her creative love of new experiences. She drowns the children in lavish and exquisite magical adventures that introduce them to unique worlds; she loves to sing and dance, and is not afraid to take risks. She does not want the children to need to rely on her so she gives them life skills. Without sentimental attachment, once her job is done, she leaves.
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Mary identifies as “practically perfect in every way.” She expects the children to be clean and well-behaved. She has no problem correcting their behavior and even calls out strangers for rudeness – while being very frank herself. She’s fussy about messiness and how the Banks children never learned to clean up after themselves. She sets out to make things “right” by fixing the situation, out of a sense of duty and because she knows how things ought to be done. Her 2 wing makes her more open in her helpfulness and interfering, for the good of everyone involved (she even throws a little romance into the mix, for Jane). She has 7 integration in that she is adventurous and idealistic, optimistic and intent on showing the children how to make the most out of every situation… and it’s also why, once she’s done with them, she can simply pick up her carpetbag and move on.