Mulan: Mulan [ESFP 6w7]

Function Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

“I will bring honor to us all.”

Mulan

Mulan is highly active from a very young age—she would rather be chasing chickens and climbing on rooftops than sitting at home learning to pour tea, and although she does her best to impress the Matchmaker, when her sister is scared by a spider, Mulan botches the entire interview with her physical response. When the army conscripts her father, she steals his armor and his sword and his horse in the middle of the night and rides out to conceal herself among the men in the camp and take his place on the battlefield. She proves inventive in how she manages to avoid showering with the boys (guard duty) and in her attempts to carry her water all the way to the top of the mountain; it takes Mulan a while to realize she can use her Chi and not suppress it, that it is desirable in battle and makes her powerful. She is opportunistic, in how she snatches up helmets and misleads the army by thinking there are soldiers on the mountainside, then fools them into causing an avalanche that wipes out their own forces. But ultimately, Mulan feels a need to be utterly true to herself—she feels bad that she is receiving praise and lying about who she is, even though it’s necessary to protect her family and father. The fact that it is not “honorable” haunts her, until she casts off her armor and goes into battle fully herself, as a warrior woman; she wants to show others who she is, and be accepted as a powerful woman. Given the chance to be opportunistic and get a position in the royal guard, she says she must return home and reconcile with her family first. That is more important to her than any personal ambition; she needs to make amends with her father, apologize for stealing and losing his sword and armor, and know their relationship has been repaired, before she can even think about her own future.

Enneagram: cp 6w7 so/sp

Mulan’s fear of her father’s death on the battlefield leads her to take his place in the army, even though she is apprehensive about being found out and given a dishonorable discharge for deceit. Prior to this, she tried to stifle and hide her Chi according to his wishes, out of a desire for acceptance among her people (as a woman, it is less acceptable). She tried to please the matchmaker as they asked her to. Family, duty, and honor mean everything to her, and she even turns down being in the Emperor’s personal guard to return home and make amends. She appeals to the other soldiers through humor and fun and easily makes friends, even though she tries at first to stay away from them to protect her identity. She feels a need to justify her decisions, and make them ‘right’ – she feels bad about concealing the truth from an authority figure whose respect she wishes to earn.