Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

Jane draws her decisions and sense of moral integrity from herself alone; she leaves Edward not because society would judge her immorality, but because she cannot accept anything less from herself. Though she loves him, she places her principles first and retreats from a man who deceived and gave her pain. She speaks to no one of her trials and suffering, preferring to deal with it quietly on her own. Jane does not shy away from expressing her views frankly – all of which are influenced by her subjective childhood experiences (she thinks children should be “taught to love and given love,” not beaten in school, and allowed to think for themselves). Edward likes her for her frankness and honesty – when he catches her off guard by asking her if she finds him handsome, she simply says, “No, Sir.” Jane only reveals her feelings to him (which are deep and intense, but he cannot see them) when she fears she may have to leave him – and then she chastises him, saying that she still has a heart, even if she is plain and little. When she discovers the truth of his deception, Jane shuts him out of her room and her life. His emotional appeals do not sway her. She literally runs away from the house to escape him and remove herself from temptation, and to deal with her feelings. Jane relies on her emotions and instincts more than her logic – though the housekeeper calls her “sensible,” she also has very little interest in financial security (giving away most of her fortune).

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

She is an opportunist, who quickly does things. Confronted with cruel punishment as a child at school, Jane cuts off her own hair to show solidarity with Helen. She goes to visit her sick friend, despite being told to stay away. As soon as she’s old enough to leave her dreadful school, she advertises for a new position as a governess and moves to Thornfield. When she fears Edward may marry, she starts thinking about finding a new position immediately. Jane tends to take things at a surface value or read into them superficially – which is why she does not suspect more to Edward than first meets the eye. She blames Grace Poole for the sinister events in the house, accepting his explanations at face value and only wondering why he keeps her in the house. After she learns the truth, Jane impulsively sets out from the house – with nothing. She wanders in the wilds until she collapses, then adapts to the life of a local schoolmistress. When she inherits a fortune from her uncle, she gives most of it away to her cousins. Jane does show Ni in her realization that if she stays with Edward, it will not be a happy future but one in which he will grow to hate her, as he has eventually hated all his conquests.

Enneagram: 1w9 sp/so

Jane refuses to stay with Edward even though she loves him because he is still married; she will not allow herself to love him, violate her principles, or be immoral in the eyes of society even though it’s what her emotions desire. Rather than face more temptation, she ups and leaves in the middle of the night. Jane reacts quickly in anger at school, feeling offended that she is branded as a liar. Helen urges her to learn to keep her temper and be more compliant to her teachers, which does not come naturally to her. She sees a wrong, she wants to right it. Jane tells off Edward a few times for treating Adele unkindly. She is a woman of strong moral principles and high standards, but who also attempts to repress her feelings (“I will not be overwhelmed”). She is private in her feelings.