Function Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te
Skeeter judges everything by her own moral standard – her mom let “the help go”? How dare she! The woman “practically raised me!” A guy makes rude remarks at dinner? “Were you dropped on your head as an infant or just born stupid”? Her mother asks about her sexual orientation? Skeeter blasts her with an adamant no. She can be blunt in expressing herself, due to inferior Te – not thinking about how her mother will react to hearing her say the “help” was more of a mother to her than her actual mother. She comes up with a great new idea to write a book with the assistance of “the help” – and does her best to recruit them. Skeeter refuses to compromise on what she believes in. When she’s mad at Hilly, she ignores her demands to have her agenda printed in the newsletter, and arranges for Hilly’s yard to get flooded with toilet donations. She wants to change the world through what she writes, get a fantastic job somewhere fun and exciting and important, and has zero interest in being a wife or a mother; it just is not her (Fi) and doesn’t interest her, owing to her inferior Si. Skeeter sees how the world could improve as regards the racist attitudes of the South, and wants to give it a good shove in that direction – through mild forms of rebellion. Skeeter runs with her “good idea,” and improves as necessary, giving everyone secret names and changing minor details. She dreams of being a copy editor and writer. Though she’s never written an advice column about housekeeping before, she assumes she can get help in writing it – and leaps into action. Her focus is broad, on the world and the society around her — she contributes to good causes through her writing. Skeeter can be changeable. She is willing to give up her dream to stay at home and tend her sick mother. Skeeter changes her mind about her boyfriend and gives him a second chance, after he’s made a bad impression on her – only for him to prove to be the wrong person for her. She bases a lot of her judgments on her personal experiences (Si). She rather underestimates the amount of work involved in writing her book, or her ability to get enough maids to contribute, or how many she needs to make it worth the publisher’s while… but then successfully manages to organize all the information, condense it into a book, sell the thing, and pay off the contributors in secret.
Enneagram: 1w2 sp/so
Anger at social injustice motivates Skeeter, who is straightforward in sharing all of her moral opinions and views and doesn’t mind stepping on toes along the way—she tells off her mother for firing Constantine because she caved to peer pressure, rather than doing the right thing; she asks her date, after he insults her, if he was dropped on his head as an infant, or just “born stupid?” Her resentment at what is happening in Jacksonville with the maids prompts her to start writing a book to set things straight, and air their stories. Even though she doesn’t like Hilly anymore, and considers her to be an awful person, Skeeter goes out of her way to be polite to her in public and to avoid insulting her as much as she can, employing a passive-aggressive way of punishing her by having used toilets dropped off in her yard. Her 2 wing is evident—she’s active in wanting to change society, she also sees herself as doing these women a favor by drawing attention to their needs and the injustice they face, and she even wants to run off and find Constantine, because “she needs me.”