The Skeleton Key: Caroline [ISFJ 2w1]

Functional Order: Si-Fe-Ti-Ne

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Caroline entered hospice care because after her dad died, she regretted that she had joined up with a “band to help out” and didn’t realize “how little time I had left to care for my father.” She is observant when she first enters the house, noticing the absence of mirrors by their patterns on the walls. Caroline is quick to react, and to try things as she attempts to solve the mystery of the locked room in the attic, the fear her patient shows toward the unknown and the “ghosts” in the house, and in her rescue attempts. She finds and hides a sheet stained with “help me” while hastening to get a wheelchair, then drugs a woman’s iced tea in her attempt to escape, and intends to get out through the locked gate by ramming it with her car. When that doesn’t work, she hides her patient in the garden shed, dodges bullets to a boat, and paddles her way upriver to get help. Caroline has a skeptical attitude toward the voodoo practices in the bijou, but gradually becomes more invested in it, at first accepting it because those around her accept it, and then because it appears to work, serving a practical purpose. Her Ne gives her insights (she knows something is wrong in this house, and that he fears his wife) but the truth catches her off guard.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

She chooses to focus instead her attention, care, and compassion on her patient. Caroline refuses to throw out a deceased man’s things at the hospital, because off the lack of personal care others showed toward his life, and keeps a memento of it (his “live fast, die young” keychain). She became a hospice worker, in order to work through her issues about losing her father; her friend has to remind her that her new patient “isn’t your dad.” She has transposed the two (Si). Caroline sneers at her friend’s concerns that “this job is changing you.” She tries creative ways of extracting herself from the house, making choices she hopes will keep them safe, and scoffing at the practices in the house until she gets spooked, but also ultimately believing in all of them, based on her own superstition and the beliefs of others (they rub off on her, in a Fe way).

Enneagram: 2w1 self-preservation

Caroline leaves her job at the hospital and starts looking for hospice care because, as she says, this will allow her to do what she loves AND help people at the same time. Everything she does is oriented around pleasing and trying to protect and save her patient. She becomes a bit overbearing on his behalf, failing to hide her contempt for his wife, and distrust of her motivations – refusing to eat her food, aggressively questioning her about what her husband meant when he said certain things, why they keep the attic locked, and so forth. Caroline resorts to 8ish aggression and defense tactics under stress, protecting herself with fierceness and physical aggression, and using their fear methods on them (brick dust and magical spells). Her 1 wing is principled and driven, hard-working, but also judgmental about other people seeming to have too slack of concerns for her patient.