The Parent Trap (1961): Susan Evers [ESFP 7w8]

Function Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

 “I mean, where do you come from? Outer space?!” – Susan Evers

Susan is the more outgoing, trendier twin who loves to ride horses, dance and flirt with a cute boy at a party, go canoeing on the lake, and who finds her life in Boston, apart from getting to know her mother, “boring.” She “hates” her stupid, stuffy piano lessons and would much rather go home and ‘have fun’ with her twin sister, on their beautiful ranch beneath the mountains. She initiates the first assault on Sharon with her rigging of their cabin, including a variety of mean-spirited but effective pranks, and then attacks her at the dance, kicking, biting, and rolling her sister right into the buffet table. She loves music, movies, and collecting photos of handsome men, which she plasters all over the walls of their shared cabin. When the girls decide to switch places, Susan eagerly leaps into the idea and effectively keeps herself out of trouble in Boston by adapting to the people and situations around her, thinking fast to come up with ridiculous explanations for her sister’s telegram, etc. She appears to do most of the shenanigans in the woods, passing her father’s fiancé sugar and water as “mosquito repellant,” rigging up her tent to attract bears, and luring her into the lake. Her motivations for wanting to find her mother are purely emotional, built out of a sense of inner lacking and a need to know where she comes from; when her sister breaks the news to her about their separation, Susan initially wants to cry and grieve their thirteen-year-loss in private. When she decides to tell her mother the truth, rather than tactfully approaching the situation like a Fe user might, she starts yelling about it being a “lousy thing to do” to the girls, with typical bluntness.

Enneagram: 7w8 sp/so

Susan just wants to have a good time. She comes to camp with shenanigans up her sleeve and doesn’t hold back when it comes to getting even with the girl who “dared to show up wearing [my] face.” She can be funny and lively, setting a precedent for Sharon with her dad that includes good-natured ribbing and jokes. Rather than take the threat of another woman seriously, Susan brushes it aside (“Oh, daddy is always seeing some woman or another”) and then hangs up the phone, after angrily telling her sister that she hasn’t had enough time with their mother yet and isn’t about to cut it short. She and her sister set their parents up a romantic dinner, hoping it will get them to talk and fall back in love, and she’s devastated by what they make of it (“Oh, what a lousy mess they made of things!”) rather than following her fairy-tale desire for them to find their happily ever after. She loves seeing her grandparents and mom in Boston, but isn’t keen on the boring, tedious things she has to do (such as piano lessons) when her sister is “having all the fun” on the ranch.