MBTI Type: ESFJ
Mirabel has a decided “others-focus” in that every thought, idea, and concern revolves around the welfare of her loved ones, and what she is contributing to the family; she feels because she lacks a discernible gift that she must work twice as hard to be seen as useful and to sustain the family’s survival and reputation. She can never just talk about herself, but sees herself as part of a larger unit, in the way that all Fe-doms do (she even tells Antonio “if you are happy, I am happy!”). She repeatedly represses and puts aside her own feelings to make others happy; even though she is devastated that she never received a gift from the candle, she puts on a happy face and comforts her cousin, encouraging him, reassuring him that she isn’t sad, etc. Her song is all about how she is struggling to put on a happy face, and trying not to be upset or angry for others’ sake, but in truth, she processes all her feelings instantly – her anger, sadness, resentment, even her jealousy over her “perfect” sister. Mirabel tries not to feel upset or mad, because she wants to “shine” like everyone else does. Once she starts noticing the cracks in the house, Mirabel sets out to methodically figure out what is going wrong – by gathering evidence, venturing into Bruno’s room, picking up all the pieces of his vision, and questioning everyone she knows to find out what they know, in the hope of putting it all together in a cohesive whole. She has a lot of fears tied to her Si about how the past might create a path for the future – “it happened to me,” she tells Antonio, “but it needn’t happen to you!” She doesn’t leap to conclusions so much as she slowly discovers them by piecing together what others have told her—about Bruno and his vision, what she sees when she puts it together, and hoping for the best – surely there must be more than one way to see this! She tends to evaluate things on a surface value and take them literally – seeing her embracing what she believes is her sister, she assumes all she has to do is apologize to her and “hug it out.” Instead, once the house crumbles into ruins, she comes to the insight that her grandmother’s attempts to control all of them and repress their magical abilities are the true cause of the candle losing its magic. Mirabel shows low Ti tendencies throughout the film, in her endless questions – she wants to know what’s wrong, why it’s happening, and how to fix it. She wonders, “How do I find a vision?” (because it is an abstract thing, or so she assumes). “How do I save a miracle?” She needs to figure out what’s going wrong in order to fix it, and feels confident that somehow they can all accomplish this by coming together, accepting each other, and working as a group (Fe).
Enneagram: 2w1 sp/so
Mirabel wants to be important. To shine. To have an impressive gift, like the rest of them. But since she doesn’t have one, she makes up for it by overdoing her helpfulness instead. She helps wherever she can, even to the point of insisting she do the decorations (which the house would be happy to do itself), so she feels like she is contributing. She has an optimistic attitude, and tries to be happy all the time for others, even if she’s feeling upset, but is also jealous of her sister and her “perfect” life, because it’s the one she wants. When Mirabel finds out about the cracks, she assumes it’s her responsibility to fix the situation and fearlessly tackles it. She is happiest when allowed to heal the cracks in the family, as well as those in the house, and bring them all together, because relationships and her own role in the family are important to her. Her 1 wing constantly tells her to repress her true feelings, that she should not be experiencing unpleasant emotions, and drives her to do what is right. She feels a lot of guilt in the assumption that somehow she is to blame for the ruin of the family. Mirabel finds it hard to apologize to her sister (“I am SO SORRY you have the PERFECT LIFE!”), since it’s to admit she has done anything wrong. She also lashes out angrily at her grandmother, when she realizes the truth about the magic – accusing her of being the one who has ruined everything, rather than Mirabel.