Functional Order: Ne-Fi-Te-Si
Anne is all about wanting to change the world through her ideas; she hinges her self-worth on the stories she writes and the opinions she spreads through the school newspaper. She self-entertains endlessly through stories, window friends, and dramatic re-interpretations of the world around her. Anne daydreams about climbing into a cheery tree if no one comes for her; she prefers to tell Marilla an invented tale about her marvelous parents, rather than the truth. She never does anything without a flourish. She admits that the white way of delight is “the only thing that cannot be improved on, by my imagination!” She has a dozen stories in her head all at the same time, and often shares these (abstract) details with her friends; they can’t think up a plot for a story? No problem, Anne has a vague idea they can use! She refuses to accept the world as it is; she has to put a shine on it. Her inferior Si shows up a lot in the first season, but far less in subsequent seasons once she feels at home at Green Gables. Her own experiences are very important to her, and Anne uses them to frame her expectations of reality; she comes to Green Gables terrified they won’t want or keep her, because others have ditched her in the past, due to her “ugly” red hair and freckles. She is overwhelmed with delight when the Cuthberts give her a sense of security, sameness, and permanence, by inviting her to sign the family Bible and become a real Cuthbert. Anne glowers on the train that, “Why are BAD memories so much harder to forget than good ones?” She spends several episodes flashing back to her traumatic experiences, triggered by similarities and emotional reactions in her environment. She also forgets how the orphanage made her feel, and in returning to it, feels devastated and depressed. Her perception of how life was is sometimes naïve and impressionistic rather than factual. She builds an instant, strong connection to Matthew that she describes as a “kindred spirit.” She “understands” him, through their shared quiet but intense affection for one another. Her emotions drive all her decisions, and Gilbert accuses her of making things “all about herself,” when she is actually trying to connect to him, through their shared loss. She can be melodramatic with her feelings, but keeps the most intense things to herself, until she learns she can trust Marilla with some of them (even then, she doesn’t talk about her abuse at the orphanage or in foster homes). Anne is mostly wrapped up in her own intense feelings, and oblivious to anyone else’s. She is kind, sensitive, and easily offended, but also has an “iron will.” Anne has a temper. She insults Rachel Lynde in no uncertain terms. She screams at Gilbert to leave her alone. She doesn’t hesitate to slap down Marilla for her fake “good night,” at the end of her first night at Green Gables. Her Te hands out smack-downs all over the place. But she is also a competent student, who wants to learn the facts. Since she is so young, she uses it mostly to assert her opinions… but while she IS very hard working at school, and smart enough to teach herself long division, she hasn’t quite mastered the art of not daydreaming yet and… you know, not setting the kitchen on fire.
Enneagram: 4w3 so/sp
To Anne, everything is an earth-shattering, melodramatic disaster that can escalate to beautifully tragic degrees. She is not just upset, she is devastated. She has a deep sense of abandonment and assumes because of her red hair, no one will want her. She longs to escape by wearing a persona, pretending to be Cordelia, and inventing “window friends.” She tends to be emotionally intense and reactive, easily insulted but also deep. She feels things on a profound level, such as when she tells Diana how awful it must be to lose someone you care about, and you can never get them back. As a 4, she is typically so preoccupied with her own feelings, she fails to think how it will impact others (such as when her desperate need to discover who she is via finding her family hurts Marilla’s feelings and upsets her — Anne never even notices). She can be needy when she’s feeling stressed, wanting to become whatever Marilla needs her to be, in order to find acceptance (falling into unhealthy disintegrated 2 tactics); she feels a strong need to do the right thing and achieve in class (using 1 methods to feel secure). Anne wants to be accepted.