Function Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni
Poppy lives fully in the moment and likes to challenge herself—she reacts to her father’s new girlfriend’s moving van’s arrival by calling up all her friends and having a free-for-all with her stuff, ending it by leaping off the edge of their cliff pool into the ocean beneath the cliffs (and dumping a handful of clothes in the process). When her father packs her off to a stuffy English boarding school, Poppy shows up loaded with fancy clothes and shoes, then endlessly causes trouble in an attempt to get expelled. She sneaks out at night, plays with a lighter (and thinks she has started a fire at one point), sabotages the swimming pool, yanks the knobs off the school matron’s car after jamming a mix rock tape into the radio, and gives her friends a fashion makeover for the dance, in the hope that getting caught making out with the headmistress’ son (there’s “no fraternizing”) will get her a plane ticket home. Poppy is acting out because she’s refusing to deal with her mother’s death even years after the fact, and she doesn’t want to let her father find happiness. She is initially scathing and blunt in her criticisms about other people, telling them flat out to their face that they aren’t her friends (and never would be), that their fashion sucks (and cannot improve), etc. When given control of the female lacrosse team, Poppy proves a task-driven motivator, setting rules for the girls and telling them they’re going to toughen up. But she doesn’t much admit to her more sensitive feelings, or think about the consequences of any of her actions. It takes actual physical evidence before she realizes her mother attended the same school and headed up the lacrosse team!
Enneagram: 8w7 sx/so
Poppy is “a problem,” who is always challenging her father’s authority, until he can’t stand it anymore and ships her off to a boarding school to straighten out her attitude. There, she alienates most of her potential friends and roommates by over-establishing her boundaries, ordering them around, insulting them to their face, and being disobedient to the hall matron. Rules in her mind are meant to be broken, and she does so with reckless abandon. It’s only after a few months of complaining to her American friends about her worthless, talentless, stupid roommates that she starts to warm up to them and by playing pranks with them, becomes their friend. She is fearless and aggressive, not afraid to challenge the most popular girl in school, and makes a fierce lacrosse leader who insists on whipping her teammates into “fighting shape” and teaches them an aggressive song to intimidate the other team. Her 7 wing is hedonistic and pleasure-seeking, but also refuses to take responsibility (for awhile) for any of her actions; she blames the other girls for “starting” things (even if she finished them) but matures into being more responsible and admitting to her mistakes.