Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi
Kristy is a self-admitted “control freak” who has to be the boss of everything she inserts herself into, including being the President of the Babystitter’s Club. She comes up with the idea when her mother cannot find a last-minute sitter, and then has to pay out the nose for one – so she instantly sees a way to make money “at competitive prices” by offering a down-home alternative. She then recruits people she thinks are reliable and responsible to be in the club, and won’t accept Dawn until convinced she is responsible (and after Dawn makes “nice” with her). Ever-practical, Kristy creates a proactive, positive business model that serves the immediate needs of her neighbors, family, and friends. She values experience in babysitting and is quick to leap into action, but struggles to move on from the past or embrace change. She falls quickly back into being friends with Claudia, but doesn’t like it when Mary Anne finds a new friend, doesn’t like it when she has to shift her entire life into a new room, and doesn’t like the idea of giving up her entire former life for a new one, even if it involves being rich. Instead, Kristy prides herself on being an “idea machine.” The outer world gives her problems and then solutions, but she is not great at seeing the bigger picture or wanting to embrace it. She is into marketing, handing out jobs based on people’s qualifications, and… has a lot of inferior Fi problems. Kristy is so wrapped up in her feelings of abandonment (because her father has not spoken to her in years) that she becomes angry, defensive, and jealous when she sees her friends getting love and attention from their dads. She is more concerned with her own feelings than those of her mother – she struggles with wanting her mother to be happy, and her hatred of her mother’s new boyfriend. She can sulk, throw tantrums, storm out of rooms, and give people she’s angry with the silent treatment.
Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp
Kristy can be a little… controlling, bossy, and destructive. As Claudia says after one of Kristy’s typical, lengthy, self-centered rants, “You are reminding me why I stopped hanging out with you as much.” Kristy can be combative, argumentative, and quick to automatically assume a powerful position and take charge. She resents any attempt to usurp her authority and doesn’t mind going head to head with a camp counselor who refuses to let her do anything productive. Though she shows apprehension from time to time, it’s more often her refusal to listen to other people or consider their feelings (or her own – at one point, she gets so mad she beats the heck out of bags of potato chips in a client’s kitchen) that causes her to have problems within her relationships. Kristy insists on creating rules and regulations for their group and on adhering to them without exception. But she also wants to be seen as competent, supportive, and there for her friends. She goes overboard in purchasing her mother a baby basket full of stuff to show how much she cares. She also enjoys being wanted, needed, and loved, as an essential part of those training the new recruits. She wants to be seen as likable and competent.