Functional Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi

Nancy is a top-grades student who just wants to focus on passing her exams. But once weird things start happening around the town, she kicks into high gear and wants to take instant action–by gathering the facts of what happened (where Barb went, who saw her last, what happened to her?) and then by taking down the people responsible for opening the door into the Upside-Down and enabling the creature to come through / kill people. It takes another person to remind her they need to soften their approach and give the public something it can believe. She is also the most proactive member of the group, taking the instant initiative in investigating and knowing there is “something” there that she should follow. She has a hunch about Barb being missing immediately, even though there’s no real evidence to support it. Despite the guys at the newspaper scoffing at her idea, she knows there’s some reason to follow the rat story and winds up uncovering the Mind Flayer’s intentions. Similarly, in season four, she “knows” that Victor Creel is somehow involved and can help them unpick the story of Venca. She also tells Robin that she doesn’t really know “why” they are at the library or what they are looking for, but that they will know it when they see it. Nancy tolerates sexism and mistreatment at work, while doggedly pursuing becoming a journalist and following her hunches. She follows hunches in season four, and gets them in to see a mental patient whom she believes might have answers about the serial killer targeting Hawkins. She goes looking for evidence in the newspaper archives, and scoffs at Robin’s suggestion that they look for proof in the “rag” that prints conspiracy theories (if it’s not factual, she isn’t interested in it). Nancy also shows a lot of reckless opportunism in her tert-Se behavior. She crawls through a hole into the upside-down in the first season and discovers the creature, then almost gets trapped there. Jonathan has to rescue her by pulling her back through the tree. Immediately, she rushes out to stock up on weapons, intending to lure the monster into their home and kill it through violence. She puts herself at risk numerous times throughout the other seasons, including not hesitating to dive into the water and go through the gate to follow Steve in season four. She leads them all around confidently through the shadow world, intent on arming them with guns from her bedroom. She doesn’t intend to sleep with Steve when she goes to the party at his house that night, but then winds up doing so (and feeling guilty about it when Barb disappears). She also baits the establishment by implying to Barb’s mother that she is about to blow the lid off everything, and then records everything they tell her about Barb and keeping quiet. She is so out of touch with her inferior Fi, it takes a third person making her angry by inferring that she is running away from what she wants (Jonathan) before she acts on her feelings and sleeps with him. It takes Nancy being ‘drunk’ to confess her resentment toward Steve, and all through season two, she becomes obsessed with the idea of vindicating Barb, since she can’t stand how her parents don’t know the truth. She also is clueless about being jealous of Steve and Robin when she sees them together, and denies feeling that way; but warms up to Robin immediately after finding out they are not a ‘couple.’

Enneagram: 3w2 sp/so

Nancy mostly focuses on her homework and being perfect in school in the first season. She goes along with her friends to be seen as “cool,” and urges her friend Barb to do the same. But she’s seriously out of touch with her own feelings – even though she loves Jonathan, she goes back to Steve for appearances’ sake and continually denies her true feelings until someone else tells her about them; and then she wants to prove them wrong until she realizes they are right. When she sets her mind to a goal (like avenging Barb), she does not sway from it. Her 2 wing makes her a little more anxious to please, and shows in how she yields to what others want from her, often.