MBTI Type: INFP
Sarah is clearly brimming with emotions – about her dad’s remarriage, her new stepmother, and her half-brother, whom she has to babysit… but she never directly references any of these emotions except in her behavior. She has dual natures in her feelings; one side of her is angry and resentful enough to offer up her brother to the goblins (even though she did not believe it would happen) and the other is willing to do anything to get him back. Jareth’s repeated attempts to seduce her away from the moral course she has set for herself meet with failure, because he cannot comprehend her intense internal emotional drive. She has no choice but to get Toby back. To do otherwise is to sacrifice her ethics. She shows warmth and kindness to Hoggle and other creatures in the Labyrinth, and cannot abide the thought of innocent creatures being tortured. She prefers her rich imagination to the real world, and finds it very difficult to let go of her fantasies. Sarah is good at determining puzzles and working her way through them once she can conceptually see the problem; where she figures out how to choose the right door by determining that if one creature lies, the other always tells the truth, is classic evidence of intuitive thinking. Sarah also easily trusts her intuition (she decides to save Ludo just assuming he is a good monster) and banters with the door knockers. She is easily distracted, but unafraid to change course in the labyrinth and choose another path. She is a creative thinker and problem solver, much to Jareth’s misfortune. Underpinning all of her decisions is a sense of sentimentality; Sarah is nearly pulled off course when shown her old toys and room, out of a desire to return there, to safety and the securities of childhood. She refuses to let go of her imaginary friends even at the end of the story, despite choosing to grow up and put away her childish things. Sarah draws a lot of her imaginative concepts from books she has read and toys in her room; she also struggles to remember details of what she has read (“Oh, why can I never remember?”). In stressful situations, Sarah has a classic case of “state the problem.” She points out the logical impossibilities of every situation she finds herself in. She always takes the most direct method of problem solving (stealing Hoggle’s jewel purse to get him to help her, offering him her bracelet for his assistance, leaping to save Toby, smashing Jareth’s ballroom bubble with a chair). She can be frank and assertive when the situation calls for it.
Enneagram: 4w3 so/sp
Sarah comes from the reactive triad, in that everything is a huge deal and something to get upset about. She rants about how awful her life is, how wicked her stepmother is (they go out every week and force her to babysit her brat little brother), and how “unfair” everything is (to which Jareth replies that’s life, and what’s her basis for comparison?). She is melodramatic and self-absorbed, but also self-confident. She gleefully says that she has “figured it out!” when solving the door problem, and never second-guesses her conclusion (she walks through the door and almost falls to her death). It’s also typical of a 4 not to want something until it’s gone—she wishes her brother away and then spends hours navigating a labyrinth to get him back again. Jareth does not impress her with his elaborate traps and trickeries; she sees him as problematic and somewhat banal. Her 3 wing brings in a dose of self-confidence and aggression. She is highly straightforward, goal-oriented, and determined to save her brother, using trickery with Hoggle and even stealing his jewels to convince him to help her (a “hack” that helps her reach her goal). Sarah moves more toward growth at 2, as she gathers friends about her, genuinely cares what happens to them, and longs for them at the end of the film (still wanting what she cannot have). The tendency to be frustrated with your life is sp4, and the desire for friends and how she gathers them about her on her quest is social, so I went with so/sp. Ultimately, she seems to want connection and support.