Function Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te

Kim at first doesn’t accept Edward because she finds him “weird.” She isn’t mean to him, but also doesn’t mince her words; she says in his hearing (because it’s how she feels), “Why can’t he stay somewhere else?” She avoids him because she doesn’t like him and doesn’t socialize with him, instead spending more time with her boyfriend. It’s not until she sees him on television and realizes his deep sadness at feeling so isolated and abnormal that she understands he just wants love and acceptance like the rest of them. Her heart changes toward him, and she starts to understand what’s special about him. Then and only then does she open up to him and be responsive to him; it doesn’t matter that the entire town has thought him fabulous for weeks, that everyone else got lame haircuts (in her opinion) off him, that he has made every hedge in the neighborhood unique. Kim isn’t affected by those things, just her own emotional shifts. She is a cheerleader who focuses mostly on the here and now, on being physical with her boyfriend, on going camping, and throwing Christmas parties. She agrees to break into her boyfriend’s dad’s den and steal his stuff because he asks her to, without thinking it could get them arrested (and then doesn’t want to abandon Edward there). She explains patiently what happened to her mother when Edward cut her hand, repeatedly emphasizing that he’s not to blame and accurately blaming her boyfriend for startling him. She shows flits of sharp insight, such as recognizing her boyfriend’s jealousy through his demented behavior and breaking up with him, seeing something special in Edward that runs deeper than his surface interview, and knowing the mob will turn on him if they don’t think he’s dead. She grabs a dusty arm out of the castle and uses it to convince them of his downfall. Kim can be blunt in asserting herself, telling people to leave her alone and not speak to her.

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Kim cares a lot about appearances. Edward is weird, so she avoids him and doesn’t want to be associated with him, even when he’s celebrated for being exceptional. She hasn’t visited him in decades by the time she tells the story to her granddaughter, because she admits she would rather he remember her how she was, young and beautiful forever, than think about how she is now, old and wrinkled. Her desperate desire for approval makes her go along with most of her boyfriend’s schemes, even when they contradict her better judgment, but she also flies into a rage when he tries to control her, blame Edward for things he didn’t do, etc. She actively protects him in whatever way she can, defending him physically and verbally and making up stories about his death to ward off the locals (moving to 8 aggression under stress). Kim feels some things are right and wrong, but more often goes by appearances.