The Other Boleyn Girl: Anne Boleyn [ESFP 3w4]

Function Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

 Anne is opportunistic, extroverted, and confident, leaping at the chance to further her own agenda through attracting the king’s attentions. She rushes into a ravine to impress him on a hunt, causing him to fall and then feels jealous and resentful when her sister’s dutiful nursing of him causes Mary to attract his attention instead. Saying that “betrothed is not married,” she pursues and marries Henry Percy, consummating the secret marriage, even though she knows her uncle and father have higher prospects in mind for her, because she loves Percy. When they ship her off to France to learn manners, Anne comes back with better social skills and more ambition, determined to take the king away from her sister and advance her own position at the same time. She flirts with and lures the king to her, knowing that she can drive him mad with desire if she rejects his gifts and pretends to not want to hurt her sister by falling in love with him. Anne’s motives after a certain point are entirely selfish; she takes the king away from her sister, and when Mary objects, tells her maybe she ought to “fall out of love with him,” since Henry belongs to her. She risks offending him by asserting that women are as important, if not more so, than men, but have decided to consider men their equals. Anne wavers between being emotionally-driven and unscrupulous in her ambition; she doesn’t like the queen to look down on her and avoids confrontation, but can also promote her own interests ahead of the family. Anne can be blunt, opinionated, and rational at times in achieving her goals. She says she doesn’t understand why he doesn’t just break with Rome and annul his marriage, so they can marry – but once he does so, she feels things spiraling out of her grasp, and becomes more and more anxious about her future. She considers incest and adultery to get her pregnant once more (but chooses against it), and she becomes increasingly more temperamental with her husband, jealous of his attentiveness to Jane Seymour and worried about what he might do to her. If her early life showed too little intuition about the future, her later life shows too much over-confidence in it (she’s sure she can give him a son, she’s sure he can break with Rome on her behalf, and she’s sure she can control him—none of which happens).

Enneagram: 3w2 so/sx

Anne starts out desperate to win her father and uncle’s approval, by rising to whatever occasion they put ahead of her – she opposes the idea of being the king’s mistress until she realizes it would gain her a later advantageous marriage, then leaps at the chance to impress him. She is bold, confident, and even tempts fate through her forceful opinions. She sees things in the perspective of how it makes her look, the impact it will have on her reputation, and adjusts herself to be whatever the king wants or needs, even if “he hates me for it in the morning.” She can be manipulative and seductive, but also needy and desperate for others’ approval. Anne needs her sister’s forgiveness and to know that she is loved; the less she has Henry’s love, the more insecure she becomes and the more she clings to her family.