MBTI Type: ISTJ
Once Elsa accidentally hurts her sister with her powers, her parents lock her away, and she becomes so used to being alone and “safe,” that even when she breaks free of her old life and escapes the kingdom, she creates another castle (albeit, more beautiful, to suit her sensory tastes) and sits in it… alone. Because that is what she is familiar with, and all she has ever done. She trusted her parents’ judgment enough that she never once deviated from it, even in their absence. Elsa has a practical, slower approach to life; when Anna announces she intends to marry someone she just met, a horrified Elsa challenges her recklessness. In the animated short, she is fussing over every single detail of Anna’s birthday in an attempt to make it ‘perfect.’ In Frozen 2, she shows a reluctance to change, singing about how much she dislikes it, but also feels a pull from her inferior Ne to follow the siren’s song. Elsa knows somehow that it is calling to her, and that she will learn the truth if she follows it, but has no strong hunches about what it means for her individually until she can connect the physical signs the enchanted forest leaves for her (the ship, the ice statues in the wood, water having living memories). Her own “disability” stumps her, because she cannot think her way around it; because no one knows how to help her, Elsa spends a decade shut in her room, unable to control her powers. She neither thinks beyond them nor creatively tries to suppress them; she simply believes she can “control” them through controlling her behavior. Elsa feels torn between her duty and promises to her kingdom, and the deeper emotions of her heart. She often simply pushes her sister away when she feels the adventure is too dangerous for her, disregarding Anna’s feelings on the matter. She has a pleasant demeanor and a kind heart, but she can be authoritative and blunt when challenged. She understands and respects her role as a queen, and sometimes exerts her authority (such as telling Anna no, she will not marry a total stranger). In the animated short, she is so busy organizing externally the details of her sister’s big day, she neglects the emotional aspect of a birthday. She has intense feelings, all locked inside where Anna cannot reach them; she withstands years of Anna begging her to open the door and “come out and play,” because she can shut herself off from external influences. But Elsa thrives when she is allowed to be true to herself, to not hide her powers, and to use them to create beautiful castles. Her song of empowerment is to let it go and be true to herself. Her Ne is curious about the world but also somewhat weak. Elsa figures out how to control her powers… a long time after she needed that knowledge. She does not suspect Hans of nefarious intentions when he proposes to Anna, just thinks it’s stupid to marry someone you’ve just met (that’s not sensible! or traditional! that’s rubbish!). She shows creativity in her artistic endeavors. In the second film, as she dives further and further into her Ne, leaping on chances to follow her intuition, Anna accuses her of being reckless and not knowing when to stop. Elsa does indeed, as she fears, go too far.
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Elsa has to do the right thing, even when it makes her miserable, out of a super-ego need to obey her parents and abide by their rules. She is so afraid of doing anything hurtful or wrong, she locks herself in her room and avoids her sister for years. She has a desperate need to control things and to make them perfect, as witnessed in the Frozen short, where she is upset because she has a cold, and that might ruin all of her careful plans for a party. She feels some guilt for abdicating her responsibilities in her kingdom, which causes her to go on a quest for redemption in the second film, in an attempt to connect more to her roots and learn the truth about being the fourth spirit. But a lot of her behavior is also wrapped up in her 9 wing. “Conceal, don’t feel,” Elsa sings. She spends all of her time and effort for the first film attempting to repress and deny who she is. She’s so attached to her need to live out what her parents told her, she remains isolated and withdrawn from the sister she loves. She only feels free to be true to herself, and reveal her powers, when she has left everyone behind and has no expectations placed upon her. Her song “Let it Go” is a power-anthem about releasing all obligations and walking away from her duties to be true to herself.