Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
Elena bases a lot of how she interacts with reality on what is familiar to her, and what she knows. She has a strong preference for keeping things the same, and returning to the various traditions and things of personal importance that offer her comfort. Too much change and loss all at once destabilizes her, and causes her to have a meltdown. She chooses a profession that enables her to have a hands-on approach (a medical doctor) and for a long time, wants a human, mortal life. Elena wants to marry and have kids, to be normal, to return to being human after she becomes a vampire. She quickly uses an internal comparison process to draw conclusions based on others’ behaviors, for example that a witch has possessed Bonnie (she’s been “haunted,” something weird happened in the bathroom, and now she’s acting different, more polite). Elena shows flits of insight into others, through her inferior Ne: she quickly discerns Stefan and Damon were both involved with Katharine (“So which one of you dated her first?), because that is a rational conclusion based on their competitive behavior and her awareness of their past. She actively tries to control the situation around her, by being a top student and also finding continual frustration with Jeremy and his drug use. She points out the logical conclusions of his actions, how he should not drink in front of the police. She tries to force him to attend school, give a damn about his grades, and find a purpose. Even though she feels sympathy for Elijah, when it comes time to rid the world of the Originals, Elena supports a plan that would kill them all. She sees a rational way to quickly help Jeremy overcome his Hunter’s curse (kill an Original, and his entire bloodline dies) and is willing to sacrifice perfect strangers to do it. Elena shows Fi in her very purposeful use of her emotions. She prefers to journal about her feelings, rather than talk about them directly; she experiences things through her own personal emotions, prioritizing those she cares about most and showing extreme stubbornness when refusing to talk about unpleasant situations (she shuts down Caroline’s guilt-trips about dating Damon, and does not want to discuss her “dark” period). She tends to be stubborn about what she wants, and to know her own mind and emotions – but she also allows them to lead her, in matters of the heart. After losing Jeremy, she becomes so caught up in her feelings that she wants to shut them off. She is somewhat cautious about the future and fearful of the repercussions of Damon’s actions; Elena is good at thinking up ways a situation could go wrong, and trying to figure out ways to avoid those problems. She can be naive in dealing with new people with whom she has established no “pattern of behavior,” so she often underestimates their intentions or mistakes their motivations.
Enneagram: 1w2 sp/so
Elena is principled and a bit moralistic. She does not like to make decisions that hurt others or in some way forsake her word of honor. She can be dictatorial, in how she tries to control Jeremy, and makes decisions for him to keep him safe. (She removes his pain by having Damon erase all memories of what he has seen, and then sends him away to keep him safe.) Elena feels bad about betraying Elijah, after giving him her word; she sees him as moral and like her (principled). She sees how Damon could be better, and want to actively help him achieve that. Her 2 wing makes her open and eager for love, warm, generous, affectionate, and social – despite being an introvert, she takes an active role in other people’s lives. Caroline calls her a “mothering” type. Her openness to understanding others’ feelings allows her to sense Damon’s needs and respond to them, and move toward others in a desire for love and affection. But under stress, her 1 disintegrates into 4 — she becomes moody, unable to move past her feelings, self-absorbed, and melodramatic.