Functional Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni
Hope does most of her thinking and reacting in ‘real time,’ taking opportunities as they arise rather than waiting or choosing to be careful. It starts early, when she wants her father to return to New Orleans and stages a false kidnapping that places herself and others in danger. When she moves into the Salvatore School, she is often taking immediate action to save people, using dangerous spells that might backfire, and even willing to kill herself by throwing herself into the void to save her friends. She helps another student become a hybrid (and not just a werewolf), without thinking of the impact on his social life and how it will change things negatively for him in the future. Josie has to tell Hope that she should let others lead at times, or not leap into action (wanting to torture the enemy who holds her boyfriend hostage inside his own mind) without consulting others. She also points out that whenever her feelings are involved, Hope cannot think logically—she will always save Landon at the cost of everyone else. She can’t even siphon a demonic presence out of him fast enough to save Landon, because she’s afraid it might hurt her boyfriend’s mind. She has a strong sense of right and wrong, and what is important to herself, prioritizing her loved ones and friends above casual acquaintances. Her deep sense of inner respect for her feelings, emotional awareness, and need to be true to her own desires is what enables her to forgive someone for his role in the death of someone she loves; she reasons that he was just playing his role and is no more responsible than she is. She takes on the role of an outsider because it’s easier that way to cope with her deep feelings. It takes a lot for her to open up and confess how she feels to her father – her sense of abandonment and anger over him leaving her on her own. She tends to act based on how she feels, and is not very good at foreseeing the potential negative consequences – she reacts with magic most of the time, convinced she can “find a solution,” but others like her mother or her aunt Freya have to point out the logical consequences of her rash decisions. Hope feels ‘sure’ about things without proof (confident that people will do what she wants) but does not think in the long term very well.
Hope does have good instincts and a strong desire to make what she visualizes come about, but she often makes impulsive choices and tries to cover them up with more rash actions, showing how her Ni is singular in its focus but not able to cope with foreseeing and preventing complications. (Her helping the student got him murdered by the vampires; her binding and weakening her mother got her kidnapped for real; trusting a boy who likes her, and not figuring out his deception until it’s too late, etc).
Enneagram: 8w9 sp/so
Hope’s go-to reaction to anything is to use force. She pushes people away to do things herself, and trusts herself to do them above anyone else. She openly defies her parental figures and her father, choosing to do things her own way, and ignores anyone who tells her that she cannot do what she wants. Hope will pretend to go along with them (or not) and then choose to intervene anyway. She doesn’t see the point of tact or waiting for things – in an illusion, she refuses to play along with it, alerting an enemy to their presence in the process. For a long time, she insists on not allowing other people in, out of fear of connection and rejection, because when she does adopt them, it’s for life. She will protect them at any cost. Hope often wants things done ‘my way’ and for others to get on board with her plans. Her 9 wing wants to attach to other people, and be included, and learns to work with others rather than going through them, but her instincts are still to power through anyone who doesn’t go along with her. She’s not afraid to use intimidation, blackmail, or even torture against her adversaries.