Functional Order: Ne-Fi-Te-Si

Sister Monica Joan doesn’t merely embrace one ideal, but many; her beliefs are a blend of different philosophies, mingling her Christian faith with astrological overtones. Her room is full of various kinds of books, and as she gets older, she has less ability to concentrate and focus her mind. It tends to wander from one thing to the next with reckless abandon; yet, most of what she says, she actually means. Metaphors and symbolism are important to her, and she is both excited by new ideas and quick to dismiss others (like Sister Evangelina) who have no interest in them. She senses what is happening between other people, and has a profound larger worldview (such as her observation that the flowers didn’t bloom, because God knew they would need them for Shelagh’s wedding bouquet). Quite often, she will relate an experience from much earlier in her life, showing a strength of memory and also the ability to relive emotionally the experience. Sister Monica Joan is full of such information about the parish and the people in it. She holds onto things from the past that are precious to her, such as her books; the fact that she has so many shows a great desire for learning (Ne) backed up with much study and attentiveness to facts and details, but often forgets the details and/or waxes nostalgic about the past (inferior Si). Her personality ranges from enormous capacity for compassion, particularly in instances in which she has personally experienced the same regret (the loss of a mother) to sarcastic wit deliberately aimed at hurting other people’s feelings. She’s extremely clever, but also quite private about her personal feelings when in her right mind. She places great value on the things that she believes are important, and encourages others to do the same. Sister Monica Joan resists anyone’s attempts to control her, calm her down, sedate her, or in any way, hamper her individuality and freedom. She doesn’t like disorder, and tries to organize her space as a result; she spends hours sorting through her books and arranging them in a logical manner. She likes to do things and not “fritter away her time.” She notices problems and sometimes has a profound thought that helps fix them. Sister Monica Joan has explanations for every philosophy she holds, and can relay them with precision when asked, but as she gets older, she loses her ability to detach and make purely objective decisions.

Enneagram: 7w6 so/sp

Sister Monica Joan above all wants to have ‘fun’ in life, and is always excited about the new things—television, episodes of Doctor Who, and experiences. She didn’t mind giving up her life to be a nun and help people, but offsets that through little indulgences—her enormous collection of whimsical books, her love of sweets (she will break into the cake tin earlier than she should, or take the last sweet for herself, much to the consternation of Sister Evangelina), and her childlike enthusiasm for anything exciting (trips to the beach or to the cinema, etc). She isn’t good at giving up things for Lent—she will complain about being sick of tinned ham, eagerly eat pastries before she is supposed to, and likes to keep things light and entertaining in the house. But she also has bouts of anxiety, clinginess toward others, and self-punishment when she feels genuinely remorseful for her actions. She likes to feel like she’s part of a family and contributing to society, she fights for individual fairness like a 6 winger, and she abides by the rules of the church even if she does not always like them.