MBTI Type: ISTJ
Abbie has both a strength and a weakness in her dominant sensing function – she is exceptionally good at remembering details, which allows her to do great “lawyering” in maneuvering around the courtroom and using previous cases to state her case, but she also gets blinded at times by her own subjective perspective. In one case, Jack wants to let a girl off the hook, but Abbie is convinced because of this girl’s record that she’s a liar. She doesn’t want to give her any benefit of the doubt, and interprets everything she does as being manipulative, because she has a record that shows she’s violent. Instead, Abbie has to learn that this girl was raped in prison and relate it to her own rape in college, before she’s willing to show leniency (Si/Fi). Jack tries to convince her, at times, to look at the bigger picture, such as when he deals with a serial killer, but Abbie wants to “take more time” and “gather more evidence” so that “this guy doesn’t get away with it.” Abbie is exceptionally good at tracking facts and often refuses to take on cases if there’s not enough evidence; she gets on the cops to find more, to keep good records, and to supply her with the information she needs to get confessions and make deals. Since the law allows her to deceive suspects to get a signed confession, she pretends to be extraditing a man to a death penalty state when he redacts his confession, so that he will confess to something else and they can nail him for six bodies. She sometimes gets into fierce arguments with the police, her boss, and other people, in the pursuit of justice. Mostly how Abbie’s feelings show up is in her passion for justice, her refusal to compromise on issues that matter to her, and in her rare admissions of her feelings (such as admitting to Jack that after she was assaulted, she blamed herself and felt ashamed, but now she knows the shame belongs to him, and not her). Abbie is more focused on the details than the bigger picture and sometimes misinterprets things or reads them wrong.
Enneagram: 1w9 so/sp
Abbie makes Jack look like a softie by comparison, since she always comes down hard on the side of “justice.” When criminals try to excuse or rationalize around their bad behaviors, she glares at them and tells them to own up to their mistakes. She goes after one “deviant” girl so hard, the woman refuses to talk with her in the room; she also faces down and intimidates a serial killer, because she’s so ruthless in antagonizing him to get a confession out of him. Abbie wavers between being hard on people, and being militant about doing the “right thing”; when Jack gets on her for bending the rules, she snaps that she was just taking a play out of his handbook. She doesn’t like going back on deals, or double-crossing people, and she’s livid to find out they are giving a deal to a man who killed six women (she later is able to get him to confess and give him a life sentence). Unlike Jack, she doesn’t have a 2 wing desire to console people, or excuse their actions based on their circumstances; she has much loftier ideas of justice. This makes her colder and sharper overall, but she can also be cowed into silence if people get too angry or aggressive with her, showing a 9 wing tendency to back off into a corner to lick her wounds.
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