Function Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te

Dawn is a deep well of emotions; she is easily hurt and upset by the unkindness of others or by being left out of things. Though she desperately wants to connect to people, she often states things that she is feeling that others perceive as somewhat blunt – and then feels bad at times and tries to take them back, such as when she informs Buffy that Spike has the hots for her (Buffy wants to know how, and Dawn says it’s obvious after spending time with him). She has to grieve alone, and doesn’t want to do so in the company of her sister – she needs to process what happened to their mother by accessing her own pain and moving through it. Though Dawn goes through a lot to try and resurrect Joyce, she realizes at the last minute that she can’t stand the thought of what her mother might become, what evil thing might take her form, and tears up the spell so she will never see her again. She feels such a need to be independent, she often fights with her sister about boundaries. Dawn also tends to react based on whatever she is feeling at the moment – despite everyone warning her that resurrection spells are dangerous, she steals the spell book and tries to perform the ritual anyway. She breaks into the Magic Shop to steal Giles’ book that reveals her true nature (as a Key) to her. Dawn tends to rush out of the house or go outside to be alone with her thoughts, sometimes heedless of the danger to herself (she knows the kinds of monsters and creatures Buffy fights, but that doesn’t register in her mind until she’s stuck in a dark alley with one). Dawn has occasional flits of insight, such as when she figures out the truth about Spike’s love for her sister, despite him not saying anything about it, but it’s all based on observing his behavior and picking up on subtle clues. Dawn can be rude under stress or when she’s upset, telling people off, refusing to obey her authority figures, and storming out of the house (refusing to talk about whatever is bothering her), but she also wants to come up with a “plan” from time to time and be part of the group.

Enneagram: 4w3 sp/so

Dawn is somewhat moody and takes everything personally; she fills her journal full of envious thoughts about her sister, resentment toward her getting all the attention Dawn wants, and remarking on how unimpressed she is. She feels alienated and an outcast among the Scooby Gang, and gets very upset regularly because they won’t talk to her, let her know what’s going on, or explain anything to her, much less allow her to do magic – so she often sets out to do those things anyway without their permission. When she finds out she is a “Key,” Dawn has a total meltdown. She cuts her wrist to determine if she bleeds actual blood, she has serious doubts about her own past and doesn’t see any point in going to school (why would a non-person need an education?), and she screams at her family to get out of her room. After her mother dies, Dawn insists on seeing the body before she will believe her sister. She then abandons Buffy to spend time with Willow and Tara after the funeral and wants to resurrect her mother using forbidden dark magic. She no longer wants to go to school, and refuses to listen to Buffy or obey her until she finds out they might put her in foster care, if she doesn’t behave herself. She’s very easily hurt and insulted. Dawn also is ambitious, self-confident, and wants attention from others – she will go out of her way to try and make them like her, while still feeling as if she’s not being included.