MBTI Type: ENFJ
Lizzie passes judgment on Darcy before thinking up reasons why he would be so unpleasant at the ball; in this, she is the opposite of open-mindedness, as a judging dominant. She leaps to the wrong conclusions about Darcy and Wickham, and allows subjectivity to back up her hurt feelings. Darcy slights her at the ball, after which she scolds him for not wanting to dance with total strangers (because it would be the polite and appropriate thing to do “when partners were so few”), and from then on she writes him off as being a horrible person—rude and taciturn. Rather than coming up with alternative possibilities for why he might not have wanted to dance, or accepting him as shy, she judged him on an objective standard and expected him to live up to societal ideals (EFJ trait). ENFJs will sacrifice their own wants and feelings to keep others happy, and she doesn’t understand why he wouldn’t do this also, or why he would drive Bingley away from Jane. She easily expresses all of her feelings, especially to his face when he proposes to her (while insulting her low connections and her family’s behavior at the same time; this stings her, because she knows it’s true, her family behaved inappropriately at the ball). She easily asserts and stands up for herself, refusing to submit to Lady Catherine and say she will not marry Darcy when threatened with trouble if she does so. She finds it hard to understand why her best friend would marry someone she finds ridiculous, and tries to talk her out of it. Lizzie is insightful (she warns her father not to let Lydia go off to Brighton, because she will humiliate the family in some way) but also easily mislead due to her own prejudices—she decides Darcy is bad, and because Wickham doesn’t like him, that Wickham is good… and it takes Wickham running away with Lydia and Darcy saving their family from disgrace for her to change her mind. She’s less idealistic than her sister, and more of a critical judge of others’ behaviors—she sees through Bingley’s sister’s manipulations (to get him away from Jane), and also knows the weakness of Mr. Collins’ ridiculous character. She is quite earthy and loves to go for walks in the woods, even if it gets her dress dirty in the process. She is also somewhat fickle in the change of her emotions; when she sees Darcy’s beautiful house at Pemberley, she changes her mind about him. Lizzie’s blind spot comes from never questioning her own logic or conclusions or prejudices, and allowing her feelings to blind her to the truth of others’ intentions. EFJs struggle to be detached, or to understand people’s decisions that seem in any way “inhumane” (you ruined my beloved sister’s happiness and I hate you!).
Enneagram: 7w6 so/sx
Lizzie has a “lively and playful disposition that delights in anything ridiculous.” She admits in the novel her one desire is to always be “happy.” She likes to turn things around and reflect on them through humor rather than take them too seriously, transforming Darcy’s insult over her “not being handsome enough to tempt me” into a mockery and a joke. She scorns him for not having a sense of humor, outward charm, or irreverence. She admits to her sister only the deepest love would entrap her into matrimony. She sets out to “laugh” at Darcy to punish him. Her folly is she considers herself a good judge of character – only to be taken in by Wickham and mistaken in her assumption about Darcy. Her 6 wing does make her skeptical and desirous of keeping the peace with her parents, though she will not compromise on whom she loves (and is grateful to her father when he does not order her to marry Mr. Collins). Her entire beef with Darcy is because he insulted her appearance and manner, then went on to judge her family, which shows her line to 1. It brings in a strong sense of ethical right and wrong, which is ashamed of her family’s inappropriate behavior but also judges Darcy harshly for his own social rudeness and mistakes.