Functional Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se

Sara goes all the way to Japan and into suicide forest on a “hunch” that her sister is alive and needs her. She finds it hard to explain their connection, but admits that she just knows whenever Jess needs her, or is in trouble; the last time she felt this way and couldn’t contact her sister, she asked the police to check on her and found she had tried to overdose with sleeping pills. Sara continues to believe in her instincts, both right and wrong – she’s right in that her sister is alive, but wrong in her paranoid suspicions about the man she is with being a murderer, an abductor, and a threat. She uses metaphors often in her conversations (“She’s here to confront her demons”) and has selectively altered the narration of her past, changing it into something less traumatic and painful to confront. Sara’s inferior Se shows both in her occasional impulsivity (getting on a plane to find her sister, with no real plan) and her lack of sensitivity when it comes to her own body and the environment; she wants to stay overnight in pursuit of her sister, without having any food or drink on hand; when she cuts her hand open, she wants to ignore it and keep going, despite the fact that she could get a blood infection by not tending to it quickly. She speaks of Jess in “we” terms, as if they are two parts of the same person; her discussion of the past is always based in “we,” and never “I,” with the implication that Sara sees herself and Jess as connected, because they are twins, though she also sees herself as the more responsible, reliable one who has to pull her more reckless sister out of trouble. Sara is quite up front with articulating her emotions and making demands (she’s leaving now to find her sister; she’s staying here in the woods; she doesn’t give a sh*t how anyone else feels about it). She’s also prone to being influenced by the wood, and the ghosts therein, and to sharing their emotions. Sara tries to understand why her sister came here, what she was trying to attempt through it, why her father did what he did, and why the journalist seems interested in her. She has correct Ni hunches (about him and his story) but also circular reasoning in that she believes things without any proof, and trusts her own reasoning completely.

Enneagram: 9w1 so/sp

Sara has merged completely with her sister to the point where all of her sister’s emotions and needs have become her own; she drops everything to rush to her defense, combs through the woods in trust of her and… becomes prone to ‘merging’ with the mood of the forest. It influences her, takes her to the dark places she doesn’t want to look, and ultimately causes her to make bad decisions out of paranoia and fear as she disintegrates into 6 mistrust, suspicion, and anxiety (but without the logic of the 6). Sara admits that she hates looking at the dark things inside herself, that Jess has always been willing to “look” them in the eye and confront them, whereas she refuses to look at them – in a way, this is the bane of her existence and allows the forest to get into her head, because her 9ish desire to only focus on the good things are suppressing her childhood trauma and numbing her to it, and once confronted by it, she’s too devastated to know how to react to it. She is principled, hard-working, and reliable.