Finding Neverland: J.M. Barrie [ENFP 7w6]

Functional Order: Ne-Fi-Te-Si

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)

Barrie has a vivid and rapid imagination, able to twist things around on demand and find the wondrous, magical, and fantastical in everyday life. When he meets young Peter, he takes his personality (“He’s growing up too fast”) and makes him into the embodiment of “eternal youth.” Barrie pursues his ideas regardless of how others respond, frustrated when they fail to understand the deeper meaning in his work. He excels at creating fantastical worlds for the children, and has a youngish mentality himself, focused on what is exciting and delightful, in order to help himself (and others) cope with rejection and pain. Barrie shows little awareness or concern for social traditions, instead chasing after endless possibilities – both real and imagined.

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

Barrie wants to spend time with the kids – and does. He doesn’t care what society says about it, or how they feel about it, nor does he give credence to the nasty rumors about his intentions and interests – he simply expresses sorrow that people could “imagine” such dreadful things. Barrie has a good work ethic, and a sense of what he wants; he puts together the play how he envisions it, through decisiveness and focused action. He makes things “real” for the people he loves. Barrie isn’t upfront with his emotions, preferring instead privacy. He simply sits and lets Peter trash the garden shed when he’s upset, respectful of his need to emote.

Enneagram: 7w6

Barrie is a natural optimist, focused on creating imaginary worlds for himself and others. He tends to want to focus on the good, and bring others up from their depressing lives. Barrie admits to his wife, after a long period of silent suffering, that he’s been disappointed in marriage, since she “started playing house,” settling into her routines, and limiting their exposure to adventures. He leaps at the chance to change the scene or explore beyond what is possible. Barrie does want mild affirmation from his peers, but not enough to conflict with his internal desires. He is an idealistic dreamer, focused on imagining things that are “better” than everyday life – his passion is both seeing things as they could be, rather than how they are.