MBTI Type: ESFP
Guinevere is an excellent shot with a bow and arrow, and wants to help protect Camelot when it falls under attack. Guinevere can at times be overly confident about her ability to interact with the environment – she climbs up on a parapet with Arthur and they talk about leaping down into the ocean below; she rides out on a horse through a battle zone just return a prayer book to her husband. When Arthur first meets her on the beach, she attacks and threatens him with a knife in case he is a threat. She tends to live in the moment and not think much about the past… or some of the future consequences about her decisions. (She sleeps with Arthur on their wedding day and worries about not being seen as a virgin, rather than worrying about whether she might get pregnant with his child, and not that of her husband.) She also fails to notice anything peculiar about Igraine and her unusual questions about her feelings for Lancelot, which are inconsistent with their previous encounters. She holds her feelings as cherished within herself and none of anyone else’s business – when Arthur attempts to talk to her about their affair and her husband, she tells him “this does not involve you.” Meaning, their marriage has nothing to do with Arthur and is none of his business. She intended to keep it a secret from her husband, showing an ability to accept that both people have “pasts” they need not share. Guinevere does not open up easily or confide in others much, but also does not like having anyone besmirch her honor. She thinks telling the truth should be enough to cause others to forgive her. Guinevere’s tert-Te works through logical problem solving (she collects the blood of a new-slain deer to use it on her wedding night to convince her husband that she was a virgin) when necessary.
Enneagram: 9w1 so/sx
Guinevere is what you might call “over-adjusted” in her personality. She has feelings for Arthur, but marries another man because it was arranged and he’s “nice and good.” Then she stubbornly holds to her virtue inside the marriage, while numbing herself to any feelings she has for Arthur. She sees the situation as hopeless and herself caught in it with no alternative but to go along with things. Guinevere loathes conflict; when her husband finds out the truth and is angry with her, she becomes distraught, desperate to make him love her again, pleading and appeasing in whatever way she can, to calm them both down. She cannot let it go, knowing he’s mad at her. Morgan as Igraine “caused” the problem, yet when the king’s mother talks to her, Guinevere easily warms to her, showing a degree of self-forgetting. Her 1 wing wants to do the right thing, be a modest, virtuous, responsible wife, and for a moment on the beach, struggles against her desire for Arthur, before she merges with him and gives in to their shared feelings.