MBTI Type: ISFP

Charlotte is an interesting character, because she’s so quiet and private that her dominant focus isn’t on full display—she could be an ISTP or an ISFP, since she’s so internalized and withdrawn that there’s no clear argument for one over the other. But ultimately, she seems to be more in touch with her emotions than an ISTP would be, aware of what she likes, and drawn to Bob out of a desire to form a silent connection. It bothers her that she visits a temple, a beautiful place, and witnesses an ancient ceremony and… feels nothing, an indication of her own depression and loss of self-awareness. Charlotte is quite offended to go unnoticed, and tends to get up and leave boring conversations. She bears the disappointments of marriage in silence, often not drawing any attention to them, and only is blunt on a few occasions—with Bob, when she’s angry at him for having slept with someone else. Charlotte says perhaps they bonded over similar things, like the movies he doesn’t make any more—a rare instance of her lashing out that could indicate inferior Te bluntness. Her middle functions are much clearer. She’s an active ‘doer’ in her life, always looking for physical stimulation of some kind, whether that’s tinkering with the lights in the apartment, beautifying herself, going out to clubs, or recruiting Bob to stay up half the night. Charlotte finds things to do constantly, from touring temples and wandering the city streets in search of new discoveries, to going out for sushi, to swimming in the middle of the night, or singing karaoke until four in the morning. She’s the one who pulls Bob out of his depressive slump and encourages him to get out into the world and experience things. We see flits of her low intuition in her occasional philosophical moments, her degree in philosophy, and her listening to an audio CD about the soul, but she clearly loves to take action and find new experiences as her primary method of engagement.

Enneagram: 9w1 so/sp

Charlotte is somewhat lost in her life, and admits as much to Bob during one of their conversations—she isn’t sure of what she wants, she wonders if it’s going to get any easier (marriage, or simply being alive), and she feels her own lack of significance and lack of emotion. She also is inert—stuck in a marriage in which her husband pays more attention to his work and his clients than to her, and passively accepting of it – when he asks her to come along on his shoot, she shrugs and stays behind, accepting that “you have to work.” She hasn’t put up a good fight for her marriage—she assumes that walking around their apartment in her sheer underwear will draw his attention and get intimacy from him, but she never asserts herself within the relationship. 9w1s get swept up in things and go along with them, secretly resenting their lack of connection, but often failing to do anything about it, since they are doing repressed. She’s proactive in finding ways to entertain herself, but not necessarily in identifying what she wants from life or in pursuing it. I see her as a social dominant because despite being a 9, she is eager to connect to Bob, befriend him, and take him places—she has a need for connection, relatedness, and conversation and sees in him a kindred spirit. But their connection is sexual blind… it’s a gentle form of companionship that develops into romantic attachment, but neither of them act on it, other than to enjoy each other’s presence.

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