Functional Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

Pip is a very kind and gentle boy, who even though he is scared of what might happen to him as a result of helping an escaped convict, still braves his aunt’s wrath to steal him some “vittles” and brandy. He finds it hard to believe Estrella’s assertions that she “has no heart,” since his is so full of emotion, he cannot comprehend her being any other way, nor as cold and cruel as she pretends to be. Pip feels a fierce sense of personal identity, and reacts primarily based on his feelings. He shows tremendous emotional insight and kindness in how he comforts Magwitch, but also can be callous and selfish if he feels Joe’s behavior might draw scorn upon him from his “friends” (but he also feels guilt for treating the kind, sweet Joe so meanly). His inferior Te is shown in his reckless spending in London; he lives outside his means, wracks up debts, and has no awareness of how to manage his finances. He acts on his feelings (attempting to smuggle Magwitch away, begging Estrella not to marry a cruel man, trying to save Miss Havisham’s life), but does not often make rational choices (he chooses Estrella with his heart and not his head, he lashes out at those he cares about, he loses a fortune).

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)

He is an idealist who starts dreaming of a better life; Pip expects to receive an inheritance from Miss Havisham that will “lift him higher,” and is horrified and shocked when she pays for him to become a mere blacksmith’s apprentice. It’s not what he imagined at all! Rather than finding out the facts, when he comes into money, Pip assumes based on his own limited experience (Miss Havisham knows about me, and has given me money before) that the windfall of his fortune comes from her. He instinctively and romantically projects feelings and emotions onto Estrella that she denies having, and persistently clings to her as a romantic ideal. Once Magwitch re-enters his life, Pip sees the consequences and fears for his safety, so he attempts to get him “out.” He warns Estrella to stay away from the man she intends to marry, since he knows him as “cruel.” She will not be able to control him, he says. Pip, through the story, comes to appreciate his simple beginnings and long for the comforts of home (low Si).

Enneagram: 9w1 social

Pip starts out a good and kind boy with the best of intentions, who steals from his wrathful aunt just to feed a criminal in the graveyard (granted, the man threatened his life, but Pip still took more than he asked for). He does not like conflict nor to feel mistreated, but is also prone to taking on the feelings and attitudes of those around him — when Estella sees him as poor and unworthy, he starts thinking of himself as poor and unworthy. Pip is somewhat asleep to himself — rarely showing power, passion, or a desire to drive his own destiny — in the process being too late for the love he wants. His 1 wing desires to do good — when he rejects Joe and treats him shamefully in London, because he doesn’t want to be seen as “coming from poor stock,” he feels immediate guilt.