MBTI Type: ISFP
Jenny has very strong, firm opinions about what she likes/dislikes, and makes decisions based on what she feels is best for her—including dating a man twice her age, despite still being sixteen. She informs him, however, that there will be no sex until she turns seventeen, since she has decided that for herself. Even though she disapproves of her new friends’ swindling ways, she doesn’t say much about it and goes along with it, assuming it’s none of her business, in her desire to live her own life her way, without being constantly harassed about it. Jenny frequently goes inside herself and vanishes from other people, without an explanation—she just gets up and leaves the dinner table at one point, taking her birthday presents with her. She tries to be kind to other people, but is somewhat oblivious to their feelings when hers are involved. Jenny doesn’t say a word when she gets accepted into Oxford, just reads the letter, puts it back in its envelope, and goes away to process her happiness in private. She pushes back at times against her father, because he expects her to do all these logical things to get into a good college—but in truth, Jenny just wants to live life, have sex, eat fine foods, look at beautiful paintings, and, as she tells her principle, “have fun.” She calls academia, even though she is gifted, “boring,” and is willing to get married and give up her ‘dream’ of Oxford and studying English literature just to escape that boring life of dusty stacks instead of living an actual ‘life’ out there in the world. She truly comes alive when allowed to experience the outside world, and naturally and easily adapts to her environment. She also lives so much in the moment that she throws away her future by not sitting for her exams, a mistake she has to undue later when she finds out her boyfriend is not being truthful about his intentions (he’s married, and not going to divorce his wife for her; she’s one of many flings). She shows a lot of tert-Ni as well in her intellectual side and interests, her unique interpretations of Edward Rochester in her classes, and her very specific ideas about what she wants from her future life… but she’s willing to give up on them, and take something that offers her pleasure now. She shows lower Te in how blunt she is occasionally in asserting herself, demanding answers, arguing semantics with her father, and knowing that she has to have a career if she wants to avoid a ‘boring’ life.
Enneagram: 7w6 sp/so
Jenny is dying inside before she meets David, because she’s so frustrated with living a dull life, doing what her parents tell her to do, rather than actually having fun—which is what he offers her: new places, new people, new things, the chance to drink wine and eat good food and see Paris, and participate in an auction. She shows a dismissive attitude toward the future others want for her, because it sounds BORING. She sees graduation as a sort of ‘death,’ and wants to have fun before she surrenders to a life of mundane housework. She isn’t satisfied by her achievements, so much as craving an escape from her world, her parents, and their expectations. She ditches her schoolwork at once for the chance to hang out with her friends and go to an auction. She happily throws away any thoughts of a future career at the idea of getting married, because she sees it as an escape from academic drudgery. She also tends to over-think situations, such as musing about why people think ‘good things are good’ (why is this book considered a classic or that painting considered ‘good’?), or finding sex less satisfying in the flesh than it was made out to be by the poets (a sense of frustration and intellectual curiosity about why this gets hyped up so much ‘when it lasts no time at all’). It’s only after David can no longer promise her the life of pleasure she seeks that she falls apart, backtracks, and tries to find something stable—namely, to take her exams again. She also turns to a teacher for help in getting her career back on track. And she can’t face telling her parents the truth about David being married alone, and begs him not to leave her (while also assertively informing him that he is NOT going to do this to her), because she can’t stand their disappointment in them both.
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