Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te
Judging Functional Axis:
Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)
Cole does not attempt to fit in with the other children, instead preferring his own company – and later, Anne and that of some of her friends. He’s fine being an outcast, where at least he can respect himself and his own identity. When he finds out about Aunt Josephine and her lover, he admits to her (having found someone who can relate to him) that he is the same, but with boys. Cole is very quiet about his true self, choosing to open up to only those he feels can understand him. When he faces bullying at school, he simply quits – refusing to associate with people who do not respect him as an artist or for his sensitivities. He can be blunt and forceful in insisting on living life on his own terms, taking direct actions to establish himself in a better situation when he chooses to live with Aunt Josephine (inferior Te).
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)
He is an artist, who creates wonderful, unique pieces of art based on what he sees; he pays attention to details, and sees potential in even the specks of ink sprinkled across a page – under his deft fingers, it becomes Anne. Cole focuses on the present, at times despairing of the future; he’s good with aesthetics, able to help Anne decorate her hair into an attractive, artistic style. He flourishes when allowed to attend Aunt Josephine’s party, where he meets and mingles with Bohemian artists. Once aware this world exists, he’s more able to envision a future for himself outside the farm. When truly riled up, Cole settles his disagreement with another boy using his fists. He’s not afraid to hop a train, or make an decision to stay with Aunt Josephine.
Enneagram: 4w3 self-preservation
Cole sees himself as fundamentally different from the other children and, unlike Anne, mourns that it divides him from the other kids; he wants to be more “normal,” but not at the cost of sacrificing his true self. He pours his deep emotions into his artwork, and is very sensitive and artistic, but also quiet about his miseries. He tends to suffer in silence or share his feelings only with Anne. He focuses on his differences from others, and his sense of alienation, as well as wants to have a sense of comfort and find a place in the world. He has to be his true self, in order to feel happy with himself. He has a strong sense of who he is, and what he wants from life, a desire for acceptance and received by others.