The Grinch: The Grinch [ISFP 4w5]

Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Fe

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

The Grinch has no reason to hate Christmas other than a personal disdain for it, driven by his own emotional experiences in childhood. He has decided because he hates it, it should not be allowed to exist. His ‘ideal’ emotional state is a world without Christmas, which does not force him to relive being lost, alone, and having nothing upon that holiday as a child. He stubbornly refuses to even consider changing his mind about Christmas until his conclusion about it proves false (that without the trappings of it, all the Whos will be as miserable as he is). To his astonishment, the Grinch finds that they are still happy and able to sing, and then … changes his mind. His heart “grows three sizes.” Though the Grinch goes out of his way to be mean (he hints to Cindy Lou that Santa does not exist, because no one has ever seen him), he is also easily touched. Though it isn’t rational to let his reindeer go hours ahead of stealing Christmas, the minute he sees the animal interact with his loved ones, the Grinch releases him. He tries to refuse privileges to Max only to cave in and give him what he wants (“Don’t give me those eyes… oh, all right.”) Confronted by Cindy Lou’s goodness toward her mother, he is easily guilt-tripped. In an effort to be ‘efficient,’ the Grinch maps out a plan to steal Christmas, calculates how many houses there are, and divides it by the number of hours in the night.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

He has a rather ‘obvious’ grasp of things. The Grinch thinks Christmas is decorations, presents, feasts, and lights, so he assumes if he steals all those things, the Who’s will have no choice but to fall into despair and abandon the tradition of Christmas. He is easily bored and wants to be constantly doing things (playing chess, playing music, inventing things). The Grinch is happiest when indulged in actively doing something to thwart Christmas, from stealing a sleigh to trying to catapult a snowball into the town tree and capsize it. He psyches himself for the job with exercising, by drinking gallons of coffee, and looking through Christmas books, where he’s soon sidetracked by food. In stressful situations, he “emotional-eats,” cleaning out all his cupboards and forcing him to go to the store. When preparing his cohorts for their adventure, he focuses primarily on all the ‘sensory temptations’ that await them in the various houses, from festive cookies to packages that tempt them to unwrap them and play with the contents. It’s not until he understands that Christmas is an emotional state of being that he realizes it’s deeper than a superficial reality.

Enneagram: 4w5 sp/sx

The Grinch is, let’s face it, wallowing in a chosen pit of despair, refusing to move on from a past hurt,  and wants to make everyone else suffer as he suffers. Rather than embracing the Christmas spirit and changing his mind, he angrily has an ‘alternate’ opinion because it’s how he feels. He sees no reason to be nice to anyone until his heart ‘grows bigger,’ and then he’s able to move positively toward accepting that happiness is a state of mind, and not dependent on how badly you have been hurt. He has chosen to isolate himself from the happiness his inner self craves – becoming a distant observer of life rather than a participant. The Grinch watches people from atop his mountain, and chooses to engage merely out of nastiness rather than a genuine desire to forge connections. It all stems from fear that he cannot handle his own intense emotions of resentment, jealousy, and anguish, which come from his bitterness over his childhood in an orphanage devoid of love, companionship, and presents.