MBTI Type: ESFP
ESFPs want to live life to the fullest and tend to be impulsive and impatient to see the world as children, just like Pinocchio. The instant he wakes up, he starts enthusiastically exploring his new environment. He doesn’t want to stay home from church, but sets out in the town alone to see it for himself. He is opportunistic, trading school to star in a puppet show, and then abandoning Geppetto to go on the road with the traveling show in the hopes of becoming famous but also helping his papa with the money he intends to send home. His distaste for his master once he finds out he’s been cheated (he’s not sending money home) causes him to impulsively insult Mussolini in his performance, leading to unintended consequences. Elsewhere, he barely manages to escape being burned alive, he allows his nose to grow to help them all escape from a sea monster, and he demands to trade his immortality to go back to earth and save Geppetto from drowning (“becoming a real boy”). His emotions are always at the forefront of everything he does, and he is very sensitive to criticism; he gets upset when his father doesn’t want him, but mostly processes this alone. He tends not to listen to Cricket’s advice when it is contrary to what he wants to do. He is himself even when others do not like it, and doesn’t much care for their opinions or what they think. Pinocchio does, however, love Geppetto greatly, and that leads to him maturing within his type, becoming more selfless, and eventually sacrificing his life for someone else.
Enneagram: 7w8 sp/so
Pinocchio starts out, frankly, as a brat! He refuses to do what anyone tells him, even when it endangers himself (he insists upon going to church, he tells people he will do what he wants, he scares his new “father” half to death by smashing up the house in his eager search to experience life, he defiantly does things even though Cricket tells him not to, etc). He wants to live his best life, so he demands chocolate, he thinks setting his feet on fire is hilariously wonderful, he doesn’t want to do boring things like school, and he can be loud, obnoxious, and overbearing – and then every once in awhile his desire to please Geppetto makes him lean into his line to 1. He becomes fixated on being “good,” and “not telling lies,” and “doing the right thing,” although in most instances, he bounces back pretty quickly into doing whatever he wants to do, regardless of whom it gets into trouble, although as the story goes on and he becomes more compassionate, his intentions mature out of simply looking for fun and experiences into wanting to do what’s best for his dad (to earn money to help him, and to avoid going to war). Pinocchio shows a lot of 8 wing tendencies in how assertive, aggressive, confrontational, and angry he is, often back-talking to adults and demanding that they keep their agreements.