Anne with an E: Diana Barry [ESFJ 2w1]

Functional Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Diana is outspoken and assertive, often putting her sister in her place, while trying to be proper; she is quick to welcome Anne and comment on her unusual quiet, then to embrace the chatty side of her new redheaded friend. She’s quick to introduce Anne to all her friends, and “the rules” (which include not talking to the boys other girls like!). Anne says of Diana at one point, in despair, that “we cannot be friends, because she NEEDS the other girls to like her!” She can be warm and welcoming, but also adversarial and corrective – such as when she tells Ruby that she really ought to find new stories, and stop writing about Gilbert. Diana in the third season faces a Fe crisis, of not knowing who she is, trying to figure it out, and being unable to detach from others’ expectations of her. In the process, she is quite mean to Jerry, whom for Fe reasons, she does not want to be seen in public with (because he is of the lower class). Diana admires Anne for being smart, and wishes she were smarter herself, but does not do much inner reflection or analyzing (inferior Ti).

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

She is mystified when Aunt Josephine proposes she could have a career as a concert pianist and travel the world – she admits she has never thought about a life beyond being a wife and mother, and playing the piano for her own enjoyment (or others’ pleasure) on the side, and she only becomes more insistent on sitting for her Queens’ exam when she finds out all her friends intend to attend that college. She would rather stay with them (what she knows) than go off to a Paris Finishing School. Diana is traditional, focused on the daily needs of her friends and the details of school, than on dreaming big, although Anne impresses her with her imagination and ability to come up with stories at the drop of a hat. Diana shows a little “scope for the imagination,” but is slow to put the pieces together about people at times, and does not trust her hunches much. Her idea of an adventure is spending the night on a farm.

Enneagram: 2w1 social

Diana is generous and sweet-tempered, never wanting to seem too assuming or pushy, but also goes out of her way to help Anne integrate more into society. She nudges her toward behaving properly and is a bit scandalized when she proposes strange ideas. Diana prides herself on her good behavior and kindness, doing simple things like bringing Anne her books, baking Gilbert a pie after he loses his father, and encouraging Ruby in order to maintain her relationships. Her 1 wing wants to be proper, objecting to inappropriate behaviors (such as “swearing”) and being a model student and daughter. She faces almost constant conflict between her need to be proper and stay within her social class and her desire to fling all convention to the wind and just have fun with her friends.