Function Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
Beckett is the “straight woman” to Castle’s “nonsense.” He meets her as an ambitious, straight-laced detective who goes by the facts of a case and who has no interest in his “absurd theories.” Beckett pushes aside his theories to focus instead on the actual crime scene and to gather details about the investigation. She wants to close her case, and to do that, she needs evidence that will hold up in court, so she focuses on getting it – seeing him as something of a child who tags along at first. In her own youth, her mother’s murder pushed her to become a cop. She has gone over the facts a hundred times, chased down all the leads, and still can’t solve it until Castle comes along, hires a private detective, and finds out things she could never find out, following the cop’s rule book. Beckett at first resists being around Castle, because he is so unorthodox, but the longer they work together, the more at ease she is in dealing with him and the more she trusts his theories. At one point, she asks him, since he is so intuitive, what he thinks about this crime, instead of her usual thing of brushing him off—and from that point onward, she shows way more respect for his technique. She saw it as unsubstantiated at first, until he started proving himself to her. Once something works, she wants to use it to close the case and voluntarily calls him, instead of being annoyed that he’s at the crime scene. Beckett points out the rational aspect of the crime scenes—going by the facts, arguing with Castle that some of his theories aren’t substantiated, and rolling her eyes at the idea of ghosts, mummies’ curses, etc. Those are stupid coincidences. Beckett has a rational way of leaping to her own conclusions—she bluntly tells Castle that a woman isn’t sleeping with him because she likes him, but because she wants him to get her a job. Much to his horror, Beckett is right. She tells him he should have more self-respect than that. Beckett has an intense emotional side, but never lets it bleed out at work, unless someone crosses the line. Beckett remains unaffected by workplace drama, by hysterical interviewees, and threats. But she becomes super touchy when Castle disobeys her request to drop her mom’s murder and starts digging around in her past – enough that she doesn’t speak to him for several weeks, shutting him out of her life. In other episodes, after a disappointment, Beckett becomes withdrawn and shuts herself up in her apartment, refusing to communicate with anyone until she processes her feelings. Beckett’s lower intuition at first rebels against Castle, but once she has all the facts and details in her mind, she can often reach the exact same conclusion—leading them to rush to tell each other what they think happened. She will explore alternate theories of the crime herself, but also reaches dead ends at the end of the road – she doesn’t know what to do about her mother’s murder or how to solve it, since she has come to the end of the evidence and can’t think outside the box.
Enneagram: 1w2 sp/so
Beckett is straightforward and no-nonsense, and has a moral tone, unlike her coworkers who always seem to be working an angle. It bothers her a lot to be seen in an immoral light—she doesn’t like it that Castle is basing Nikki Heat off her and wrote her into a graphic sex scene (even though she sneaks off to read it in the bathroom at work). She disapproves of his massive ego and often refuses to play into it, not letting him know she’s a huge fan of his novels in case it inflates him further. Beckett believes in getting her work done before she goes home for the night, and in on doing it right – closing all loopholes, going about this in a legal way, and leaving a nice bow on the case for the prosecutor. She gives Alexis wise and mature advice, to counteract Castle’s inability to take anything seriously, and is forever contradicting his crazier ideas. But her 2 wing brings in a more playful and forgiving side. The boys at the precinct hide the fact that they are gambling for high stakes over who can solve a murder case first, since they think she will morally disapprove—but she gets into the swing of things and bets fifty bucks of her own. She likes being asked by Alexis for advice and happily gives it to her. She also cares about her reputation enough to set anyone straight who leaps to any conclusions about her that are wrong (no, Castle and I are not having an illicit work affair), and wants to be seen as a hard-working professional.