MBTI Type: INFP
Jo has lived her entire life minding her own business in a little book store for “intellectuals” until a fashion photography shoot bursts into her shop, boots her out the door, upends all her books, and forces her to face the outside world. She has become immersed in a particular philosophy based around empathy, the “putting of oneself in other people’s shoes,” but her attitude toward most people is anything but—she is stubborn about who she is, what she likes, and what she does with her time, and a little inconsiderate in how she forgets to check in with people or make sure of the right time for her fashion shoot. She doesn’t want to be made over or turned into a fashion plate once the magazine gets that idea (because of her “funny face”), but then agrees to it, because it would allow her to go to Paris and meet the author she admires so much. Jo forms a silent attachment to her photographer and falls in love with him, but finds it hard to admit to it outright and wants him to sense their connection. She is heavily bookish and intellectual, spending a lot of her time reading and avoiding the real world, while fantasizing about ideas and wanting to share them. She finds an intellectual “dive” bar in Paris where she spends a lot of her free time, talking to French people about various philosophies even if they cannot understand her (she says they can communicate without words). But it took her a bit to get out of her rut of same-ness, and embrace new clothes, sights, and even the idea of having a romantic relationship. Jo is quite naïve and trusting, assuming the man she has just met has only discussion on his mind and not sexual attraction. Under stress, she can be very blunt and even rude, using her inferior Te to blast people, refuse to go to work, or tell them off. She reads out literally the amount of money they owe her for the books plus cab fare and demands they pay it.
Enneagram: 6w5 so/sp
Jo likes to think about things – a lot. She has devoted most of her time to reading and pondering and trying to find a place to belong. She chooses to model her actions and life after a particular way of thinking, headed up by an intellectual guru whom she trusts to be honest and above board. She hasn’t made up a belief system for herself, but instead turned to one outside herself that is well-reasoned and fully-formed. Her faith in his intellectual side makes her trust him too much, in the assumption that he’s only interested in lofty ideals and not in her as a sexual being (so when he makes a pass at her, in horror for his carnality, she breaks a figurine over his head and runs away). Though resistant to other people at first, she can be persuaded if “that’s the logical thing to do” (she can trade her clothes and hair and do modeling IF it allows her to meet her hero and see Paris). At the end of the story, even though she feels upset about having lost the man she loves (she thinks), she still dutifully shows up to do the fashion show for her clients. Her 5 wing is strong. She avoids the outside world in favor of observing it and spends hours and hours doing detailed reading and research in the shop. She has never bothered to learn about anything remotely useful in terms of modern society—instead focusing on lofty ideals and niches no one else has discovered. She ‘self-expresses’ through interpretive dance, emboldened by the fact that no one in the dive cares or is even watching her.