Riverdale: Betty Cooper [ESFJ 2w1]

Functional Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Betty has a continual focus on serving the emotional needs of other people. She looks for ways to keep her mother happy in times of duress, can be judgmental toward her father for not wanting to accept her ‘brother’ in the house, and builds her connection to Jughead, even if it means ‘compromising’ her virtuous image and doing a striptease for the Southside Serpents. She looks to motivate and inspire others through her reporting, but can often go out on a limb and become fiercely opinionated, confrontatonal about her feelings (such as when she tells off her mother in front of The Farm for being too naïve, trusting, and self-revealing), too proactive, or even reckless. She ‘scares’ her brother’ in her levels of direct combativeness and aggression, because whatever Betty is thinking or feeling, she airs immediately. When she thinks she has figured out the identity of the Black Hood, she confides in her friends about it and asks them to help her prove it. She does not question her own actions, motives, or the wisdom of direct action nearly enough—bringing a murderer into her house, and only thinking about it later. Under stress, she becomes obsessed with figuring things out, showcasing her inferior Ti’s desire to ‘make things fit.’ One prime example is in going through a murdered man’s phone, calling every person in it, and trying to figure out who he was, instead of just leaving well enough alone.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Whenever anything happens in Riverdale, Betty pours over the details of the case, attempting to piece together what is happening. She becomes obsessed with the Black Hood and tries to connect all the dots to unmask him, building her sense of what is ‘really going on’ one bit of information at a time. Though she trusts her hunches, she always looks for the evidence to support them before presenting her findings to other people. She is sentimental; as another character says, her ponytail is ‘iconic’—she has always worn her hair that way and continues to do so, even as the world shifts around her. She finds reminders of her childhood, and her attachment to sleuth books charming throwbacks. Betty can be too quick to rely on family ties—she brings her ‘brother’ into the house out of a familial sense of ‘we care for our own,’ only to become less and less sure of him as time passes. She questions him, has serious doubts about him, and experiences some lower Ne apprehension toward what ‘might’ happen as long as he stays in the house. She also has a ‘strong sense’ of who the Black Hood is, after a while, though she hopes herself wrong. Her intuition knows it is not ‘over’ with the Black Hood (though she tries to ignore her it), but is poor at sensing the true psychopathic nature of the stranger she just brought into the house, until his behavior reaches overt ‘weirdo’ status.

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Betty thinks of herself as loving, generous, and helpful. She can, by extension, be aggressive, interfering, and controlling… but she is always the first person to show up if anyone needs her, and the last one to leave. She progressively tries to earn love from Jughead, through connecting to him and showing him she ‘supports’ him. She drops Veronica instantly when he asks her to support him and run with him for the school board. She runs out and brings home her brother’ when she feels her mother needs cheering up. Her 1 wing is principled, hardworking, and believes in doing the right thing… but her disintegration into 8 is where Betty truly becomes ‘scary’ to others. She can, under the influence of this, become vindictive, over-aggressive, and borderline ‘nuts’ (such as when she threatens to burn someone in the middle of the night, waking them up by flipping on and off a lighter in their face; or when she and Veronica exact revenge upon a classmate for wrongdoing). This is her ‘Dark Betty’ self, and it often gets her into trouble, such as when she makes overt threats against the Black Hood.