MBTI Type: INTJ
Maya shows all the strong indications of being a TJ type—she is detached and builds her arguments based on facts. When a higher up asks her for information, she rattles off a list of the files he expects her to get, because she knows automatically what information is necessary for a good op. She’s also able to remain impersonal during a violent interrogation, and reminds the person in custody that he should “help himself.” She promises him nicer treatment in exchange for what he can tell them about a high-ranking bin Laden operative. TJs do not do things without considering the rational benefits of doing them—this can be as simple as choosing to maintain a relationship for their own enjoyment, or as complicated as determining what has value in terms of their job and chosen lifestyle; the fact that Maya defines the torture as a choice between him getting something that is “good” for him (the opposite being ongoing pain) adequately indicates her TJ method of thinking—cause and effect. You give us this, this cruelty stops. The treatment you receive is your choice. At first, she seems like a typical ISTJ – giving tons of detailed information in conversations, pointing out the facts of the situation, and coming in full of intense research, but as the movie goes on, she shows more and more high intuition. In comparison to her sensory supervisors, she fully trusts her intuition—she argues in one scene a theory that they have been using the wrong photo (of a dead man) to track the terrorist they want to bring into custody; she says the entire family grew beards and it would be easy to mistake them, and this is why they haven’t been able to find them. Her boss calls that “unsubstantiated,” and says she “wants it to be true.” INTJs trust their own insights and they often come to them out of having thought about them internally for a long time. To others, these leaps in logic and “assumptions” come out of left field, or are something no one else would think about—and it’s this kind of natural insight which makes Maya good at what she does. She argues that one person is the key to bin Laden, and insists that she’s right even when her boss points out that she’s wrong—and then she uses facts to back up her assumptions, which shows that she has a lot of competency in terms of finding facts to support her theories. Others think bin Laden is dead, and she insists he’s alive and she’s going to kill him. She also shows Se growth in that she wants to meet people “face to face, to see if they are lying.” She suspects she can read them (her intuition) if she engages with them (sees what they are like and looks into their eyes, which uses her weaker sensing function).
Enneagram: 8w9 sp/so
She is certainly in the assertive triad, and a gut type—she trusts her own hunches and insights without second-guessing them and doesn’t hold back from immediate action. When a bomb goes off in a hotel where she is, she immediately leaps to her feet and gets her friend out of the debris, without any hesitation—which comes from 8s being proactive in terms of the environment, which means she has more competent low sensory awareness than most INTJ characters. She’s also blunt with authority, being honest about disliking things, and has no interest in playing nice with people unless it’s for strategic reasons. When her boss won’t give her what she wants, she threatens him with being hauled in and raked over the coals before their superiors, which means she’s not afraid to use leverage to get what she wants. 8s are very skilled at this, and in knowing whose buttons to push and when to get what they want—and what they want needs to happen immediately. Someone else comments of her that it’s like it’s “her against the world.” It’s true, she bears down hard, but is also peaceful about it, withdraws a great deal into her own self, and refuses to show others her grief. (She cries alone in a corner when her friends die in an explosion, and then vows to make those responsible pay.)
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