Function Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te
Michelle identifies herself as “young, idealistic, and hungry.” She takes on a case no one else will touch out of the assumption that she can make it work, and then gets mired down and somewhat disillusioned because it proves to be much harder to build a case against Christopher than she first believed. But her motivation is to get justice for the people he has maimed, widowed, or killed, and even though the facts are against her (at least at first) she perseveres nonetheless. One of her most Fi-dominant traits is her hands-off approach to her witnesses; she does not force anyone to talk to her, she doesn’t attempt to persuade them to change their mind with aggression, and she leaves them out of it if they insist on talking “off the record.” This speaks to the IFP’s natural respect for autonomy and individualization; they do not want to be forced into anything, so they do not force anything on anyone else. When she must get a woman to testify, she tells her it’s because the defense has the right to cross-examine her, in an apologetic tone. When Jerry refuses to testify against his best friend, Michelle says if this happened to her, she would feel “angry,” in an attempt to reach him emotionally by drawing the attention to herself and her feelings. She wavers between the big picture and the details constantly; getting the idea out of nowhere, during a nonrelated conversation, to frame the entire case around a specific person (and convince her to testify), because that will bring all the other cases in as establishing a pattern, allowing her to apply for the maximum penalty. Then she insists on doubling down and carefully lining up all of her ducks in a row, checking every detail, talking to every witness, and making sure nothing falls through the cracks with lower Si and Te. She wants them to prove their case based on the facts of the situation, and not win by “sympathy for the victims.” She even encourages one doctor to say whatever he feels like saying on the stand if asked, even if it hurts her case, because she hopes to build a good enough case that it won’t hinge on his testimony.
Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp
Michelle is angry about what has happened and the suffering these people have gone through, and wants to use her resources to get justice for them—not revenge, but justice. To stop this from ever happening again. She reminds the jury not to vote on their sympathy for the victims, but to remember these people as human beings and to prevent this injustice from going unpunished. Her motive is to do the right thing, and she feels strongly enough about this to risk her career on a case that might go nowhere (and later, she devotes her life to other causes related to keeping patients safe in hospitals). Michelle is also very warm, friendly, and eager to help and connect to people. She looks for ways to put them at ease and make them feel comfortable with her, and doesn’t push them too hard on the stand.
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