MBTI Type: ENFJ
ENFJs often believe in their vision, against all external evidence, because they lack the capacity to question their own emotionally-driven thinking, and that sums up Cornelia neatly. She comes to the United States to hunt down the man who killed her son, even though she hasn’t a hope in hell of finding him, much less killing him. She believes that she can accomplish it, that Eli is going to help her, and that they are going the same place for a similar reason, even when he argues against it. She ascribes a lot of this to ‘magic,’ saying that everything has meaning and happens for a reason, that there is power in carrying around precious talismans, etc. Cornelia and Eli engage in a lot of abstract conversations, and she seems to know just what kinds of questions to ask to probe into his psyche (and to intimidate bad guys). EFJs also tend to structure their thoughts and stories in terms of seeing themselves as an extension of the people they love, and that’s how she tells us (the audience) her story. She frames it through “we” (her and Eli) – we had the same goals, the same drive, we felt the same way about each other, we found each other. She also has an odd way of looking at things and framing them, which shows her tendency to take a vantage point others haven’t considered yet. But she is ultimately driven by her humanity and her emotions, willing to put her goals off to one side to save people or deliver children to their extended families, bursting into tears after killing people, and needing Eli to make hard decisions for her. She repeatedly gets herself into trouble by taking too many risks and constantly under-estimating the danger she is in, but is also good on a horse, with a bow and arrow, and with a rifle.
Enneagram: 9w1 so/sx
Cornelia is best summed up in her quiet defiance and her under-the-surface anger; she admits to someone that she is angry, but does so calmly and remains unruffled and unthreatened even when being told she will be raped and then killed. She just calmly stares the man down, tells him that she’s going to kill him, and bites into her prairie oyster to prove a point. She makes decisions out of her gut instincts, including drowning the man who was going to let her be killed, once she finds him helpless. But there are other 9ish traits about her as well. She has magical thinking and believes the best in others. She assumes she can trust people and that they have good intentions, and is shocked or upset to find out that’s not the case. But she also has some ‘should’ thinking happening—she thinks Eli ‘should’ help her out, he ‘should’ care about her, they ‘should’ take an orphan and her little sister back to her family, even if it’s several days out of their way, etc. This shows the super-ego thinking of her 1 wing, which judges herself (and others) for not doing the ‘right’ thing.
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