The Devil Wears Prada: Andrea Sachs [ISFJ 2w1]

Function Order: Si-Fe-Ti-Ne

Andy has a terrible time adjusting to her new work environment and giving up old habits; even when surrounded by skinny models, she continues to live her life, eat clam chowder, and wear what she wore before, because she’s used to it. She’s totally at a loss when confronted with tasks in which she has no experience. The frantic-paced lifestyle of Miranda’s office throws her off… but once she truly starts trying hard, she learns the process and becomes Miranda’s “best” assistant. She gets so used to the phone calls, the arrangements, and the last-minute changes, that she starts anticipating her boss’s needs based on former experience – she becomes an “expert” the longer she tries. Andy stays in relationships, because she’s “used” to being there – even when she’s miserable. It takes Miranda making a comparison between them (“You remind me of myself”) for her to realize this isn’t who she wants to be, and to walk away. She spends most of her time trying to keep everyone around her happy; not telling her parents about the stress of her job, trying to make friends with Emily, feeling bad about missing Nate’s birthday, appealing to Nigel for advice and, most of all, trying to pacify Miranda’s unrealistic everyday demands. Andy hates confrontation, takes things very personally, and only feels better when she is allowed to express her emotions, either through venting to Nate or Nigel, or by telling off her friends for being jerks. Andy’s deep compassion allows her to empathize and defend even Miranda, when she thinks her boss might be replaced, in spite of their bad history. Her work as a serious writer reveals her love of intellectual things that allow her to point out the inconsistencies and failures of modern systems. Writing also lets her clearly and concisely express issues in insightful ways. Andy gradually learns how to problem-solve, and to trust in her own ability to make rational judgments, which gives her a greater sense of self-confidence and assurance at work. Andy spends most of her time in “freak-out mode,” thinking of every way this is going to end badly – because she’ll get “fired.” Her dad complains that she first got into Stanford Law, then quit to be a journalist, and is now “not even working a job where you can write!” She has a sense that Christian is a player, but still succumbs to his flirtations overnight. Andy is blindsided when Miranda throws Nigel under the bus to save her own career. It makes her happy to quit Runway, and open back up her options (inferior Ne).

Enneagram: 2w1 so/sp

Andy has such a generous heart, she has trouble saying no – because she takes on others’ burdens as her own and has trouble with feeling unappreciated when they do not reciprocate with gratitude. She complains to Nigel when Miranda ignores and abuses her, but at first makes no effort to conform to the world around her, until he points out that she continues to show up in her slovenly outfits and then expects them to fall all over her for just doing her job well. Once Andy opens that door into professionalism, she gets sucked into it — the clothes, the shoes, how people respond to and admire her. She also feels angry with her friends for not appreciating her gifts, and how she works so hard to bring them nice things as compensation for her absence. Her 1 wing brings in a sense of right and wrong. She’s under such pressure at work, however, her desire to harmonize and peace-keep overrule her sense of idealism. She pushes away from personal responsibility in her actions (claiming she has no choice) until others call her on it. But her 1 wing does assert herself at the end, realize this isn’t who she wants to be, and walks away from a high-paying job.