The Babysitter’s Club: Kristy Thomas [ESTJ 1w2]

Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi

Kristy is a self-admitted “control freak” who has to be the boss of everything she inserts herself into, including being the President of the Babystitter’s Club. She comes up with the idea when her mother cannot find a last-minute sitter, and then has to pay out the nose for one – so she instantly sees a way to make money “at competitive prices” by offering a down-home alternative. She then recruits people she thinks are reliable and responsible to be in the club, and won’t accept Dawn until convinced she is responsible (and after Dawn makes “nice” with her). Ever-practical, Kristy creates a proactive, positive business model that serves the immediate needs of her neighbors, family, and friends. She values experience in babysitting and is quick to leap into action, but struggles to move on from the past or embrace change. She falls quickly back into being friends with Claudia, but doesn’t like it when Mary Anne finds a new friend, doesn’t like it when she has to shift her entire life into a new room, and doesn’t like the idea of giving up her entire former life for a new one, even if it involves being rich.  Instead, Kristy prides herself on being an “idea machine.” The outer world gives her problems and then solutions, but she is not great at seeing the bigger picture or wanting to embrace it. She is into marketing, handing out jobs based on people’s qualifications, and… has a lot of inferior Fi problems. Kristy is so wrapped up in her feelings of abandonment (because her father has not spoken to her in years) that she becomes angry, defensive, and jealous when she sees her friends getting love and attention from their dads. She is more concerned with her own feelings than those of her mother – she struggles with wanting her mother to be happy, and her hatred of her mother’s new boyfriend. She can sulk, throw tantrums, storm out of rooms, and give people she’s angry with the silent treatment.

Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp

Kristy can be a little… controlling, bossy, and destructive. As Claudia says after one of Kristy’s typical, lengthy, self-centered rants, “You are reminding me why I stopped hanging out with you as much.” Kristy can be combative, argumentative, and quick to automatically assume a powerful position and take charge. She resents any attempt to usurp her authority and doesn’t mind going head to head with a camp counselor who refuses to let her do anything productive. Though she shows apprehension from time to time, it’s more often her refusal to listen to other people or consider their feelings (or her own – at one point, she gets so mad she beats the heck out of bags of potato chips in a client’s kitchen) that causes her to have problems within her relationships. Kristy insists on creating rules and regulations for their group and on adhering to them without exception. But she also wants to be seen as competent, supportive, and there for her friends. She goes overboard in purchasing her mother a baby basket full of stuff to show how much she cares. She also enjoys being wanted, needed, and loved, as an essential part of those training the new recruits. She wants to be seen as likable and competent.

The Babysitter’s Club: Mary Anne Spier [ISFJ 6w5]

Functional Order: Si-Fe-Ti-Ne

Mary Anne volunteers to be the treasurer for the club because she is good with details and has an excellent ability to keep track of things. Though insecure at times, she seems most secure when asked to do or deal with a situation in which she has direct experience – such as babysitting, when she reams a doctor and nurse over the coals for not being considerate of the child they are talking about, or at camp where she takes creative control of a play and attends to every detail. She also finds it hard to move forward in life at times because she has personal, sentimental attachments to things – such as the picture over her bed. Mary Anne does not know why, but it “belongs” there – and she understands, once she finds a photo of her mom taken in front of it. “Maybe I just wasn’t ready to let go of some things,” she admits. She isn’t content with her new room until it has more of the past, and what is familiar and beloved to her (her family) in it. She is a good mediator, able to bring people together and help them understand one another’s feelings. When Kristy is impatient and upset with her mother, Mary Anne reminds her to consider her mother’s feelings – and be happy for her. She becomes frustrated when Stacie neglects her job to chase after a boy and tells her off for it. But Mary Anne spends a lot of time trying to keep her dad happy, which means not always going after what she wants. She would like more grown-up clothes and hair, but doesn’t want to upset him, so keeps her mouth shut for a long time. She feels down when her friends kick her out of the club for venting to her dad about how they treat her (leading to them being grounded and angry at her). She can practically and thoughtfully solve problems that arise. She comes up with creative ideas for her play, but isn’t that adventurous or dreamy most of the time.

Enneagram: 6w5 sp/so

Mary Anne is cautious and doesn’t like change, a lot like her dad. She frets almost constantly, as Dawn points out when she becomes obsessed with the noises behind a wall and knowing there’s a secret passage there. She wants to sleep with the light on, in case anything tries to come out and snatch them. Dawn is a more outgoing, live and let live personality, who can’t relate to Mary Anne’s anxieties about everything. She wants to avoid making others angry at her, so she keeps everything as her dad likes it, including her hair, and it takes her a long time to work up the interest or courage to ask if she can change things herself. A bookworm who loves to keep notes, she is withdrawn and somewhat shy. Having a boyfriend causes her to spend more time away from her friends, and she hates not being around them or having their support. Mary Anne doesn’t want to move out of her comfort zone or beyond it, because it makes her anxious and feel unsettled. She finds it hard to stand up for herself, articulate what she wants, and challenge others – but once comfortable with them, she becomes more assertive and self-confident. She gets on Stacie’s case for being irresponsible and neglecting her work to chase after a boy at the beach who “doesn’t even like you,” challenges Kristy in some of their meetings, and recognizes that she needs to suppress some of her fears.

The Babysitters Club: Claudia Kishi [ESFP 7w6]

Functional Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

Claudia is a tactile artist to the max, who loves to get her hands involved in her creativity. She is an excellent painter and… her Halloween costumes are to die for. She hand-crafts a costume from The Birds! Always present, always doing something, always handing out sweets, or organizing a group to do free arts and crafts in the woods through collecting all-natural substances and creating free-form art, Claudia keeps herself busy. She is opportunistic and interested in being a babysitter because of the money it can bring her—money for art supplies and quality fashion items. She is sensitive to criticisms of  her art, or to anyone trying to interfere in her Nana’s love for her. Claudia feels angry at and defensive toward her far more logical, detached older sister – she assumes that because she shows no emotions, she has none… and is very unkind to her, in stating “that’s why Nana loves me more.” Claudia does not like things that are unfair to other kids, but her caring for them comes out of a personal place (art is important to her, therefore she will champion the right to have art no matter how poor you are at camp). Claudia ultimately cannot be untrue to herself – given the chance to lie to her parents about acing a quiz and go to the dance, initially she does, but then her Fi conscience wears her down and she confesses the truth right before the dance, which sabotages her from  attending. But she feels good about having been truthful to her parents. Her Te loves to collect a paycheck and problem-solve, can be blunt with other people (she tells Stacy to her face to stop being so bossy), but also struggles to deal with things like algebra quizzes. Though she has a vague vision for her future as an artist, Claudia also doesn’t put much thought into the future. She seems confused when an art critic asks her the deeper meaning of her pieces and to find a way to express something from her soul.

Enneagram: 7w6 so/sx

Claudia always looks on the bright side of life. Even her art – all about candy and consumerism – is bright, cheerful, and optimistic. She rushes in to redecorate Mary Anne’s room and bend it to her “artistic vision,” delighted with the chance to overhaul something and make it sparkle. She keeps things light and fun in the group by handing out treats and candy and being funny. She is ambitious and not always practical – she doesn’t like her parents’ insistence that she ace classes she cares nothing about and that are meaningless to her, because she cannot see the value in doing hard things for their own sake. She would rather do something fun that she is good at – art. Stuck in her cabin at camp after being rebellious, Claudia tells her friends to bring her a whole lot more junk food, or she’ll go crazy. Her 6 likes the group dynamic, but also has some insecurity going on. When an art critic tells her to dig deep and find something real, Claudia both has doubts (“does this mean she thinks I shouldn’t pursue art?”) and has to face the unpleasant reality of her grandmother’s time in an American internment camp during WWII before she allows herself to stay with “something sad” and become “meaningful” (her drawing of a girl in a camp).

The Babysitters Club: Stacie McGill [ESFP 3w2]

Functional Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

Stacie is an opportunist who leaps at the chance to become a babysitter, in part because it can enable her to pay for all the fine things she wants. She can get lost in the moment and read too little into things, like when she develops a crush on a handsome lifeguard at the beach and sets out to make him pay attention to her. She neglects even her paid job to do this, and leaves Mary Anne to do all the work of watching the kids. Though anxious about making friends in a new school, Stacie is still eager to connect to others and willing to take risks to do so. Her self-contained emotions keep her separate from her friends on some level. Stacie does not want their judgment or rejection for her diabetes and so does not tell them the truth for awhile. She does not push her friends to open up, either, when they do not want to. Stacie keeps her opinions about them to herself, for the most part. She also throws away her responsibilities to chase a boy – even though “I felt guilty about leaving Mary Anne to do all the work I should have been doing.” Initially, she comes across as very Te – good at math, eager to keep the books, knowing how to set rates and market herself and the club on a competitive level that makes her clash a little with Kristy. She also over-estimates her ability to regulate her diabetes and instead makes a mess of it under pressure, since she tries to take on too much. Stacie winds up admitting that she needs support and not to try to do everything herself. She does not put much thought into her future beyond the present, except in dreaming of the luxuries she wants to have one day.

Enneagram: 3w2 so/sp

Her appearance is everything to her—so much so that when a video went around of her having a diabetic seizure at her old school, it so devastated her that her parents had to move her to Stonybrook to give her a new chance at life. Stacie is so nervous about this, she finds it hard to do things or make friends on her own, but she also has an easy grace, self-confidence, and assurance that she is worth knowing and admiring. She presents a polished appearance to others, and can get upset when it crumbles. Her 2 wing, as she admits, is a “people pleaser.” She will offer to do more than her share to earn friends. Stacie, in attempts to make a lifeguard love her, brings him gifts, replenishes his soda, and goes out of her way to assure him if he needs help, all he needs to do is call her.

The Babysitters Club: Dawn Schafer [ENFJ 2w1]

Functional Order: Fe-Ni-Se-Ti

Dawn often compares her ENFP mother to other “more normal mothers,” implying she knows the difference between what society expects from a mom and her mother’s overall carelessness. Dawn sets out to be the responsible one, to take care of their needs, to unpack the boxes in their home, and to find someplace to “belong.” She is talkative, outgoing, and a social activist, who starts championing the rights of under-privileged kids at camp, who sees her opportunity to speak to them each morning as a way to motivate and inspire them. She believes in her social causes so much, she accidentally sabotages Mary Anne in her efforts to stage a play and then considers the “greater good” more important than her friend’s interests. Dawn wants to “change the world.” She also focuses on deeper truths than her friends do, using large words, talking about psychological impacts, and the reasons behind people’s decisions. The rest of the club groans when dealing with a particular mom and her issues – Dawn hears a fraction of her story, leaps to a conclusion, and sympathizes with her, by seeing the big picture – that she’s a newly single mom trying to raise three kids on her own. She sees the summer camp’s issues as being bigger ones, a weighing of “the haves vs. the have-nots” and wants to do something about it. But she can be in over her head when it comes to improvising in the moment – she often calls on Kristy or her mom when a child disappears or something goes wrong on a job. She does not like to stir up problems with Kristy and so tries to mediate and find useful ways to establish herself as a babysitter and as a friend, including calling upon her when one of the kids disappears. She doesn’t spend much time introspecting or questioning things.

Enneagram: 2w1 so/sp

Dawn cannot help helping people, whether they want it or not. She comes into a client’s chaotic house and by the time she gets home, it is spick and span… because Dawn couldn’t help cleaning it up while she was babysitting. Then, she admits, she has created a problem, because “now the client expects it.” She helps the camp counselor and volunteers for an important position, through which she hopes to influence social change through being a troublemaker. When her mother tells off someone on the phone, Dawn reminds her that “I could have done that for myself.” She wants to make Kristy like her, so goes out of her way to be helpful to her in the club, until she feels welcome. Her 1 wing has certain ideas about good behavior and bad, and likes to keep things neat, organized and above all, sees ways to improve life.