Downton Abbey: Anna Bates [ESFJ]

Functional Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Anna has a warm and approachable nature that immediately reaches out to Bates when he joins the household staff and strives to make him feel welcome. She is open and approachable, supporting others in their dreams and often stepping outside her own comfort zone to accommodate them (even if it means risking her own reputation to purchase Mary something at the local shop). Anna frequently hides her own feelings, fears, and problems so as not to burden Bates with them; many of her decisions are made based on how she anticipates he will feel or react. But she feels better once having opened up to others and their reassurance comforts her in times of trial. She is more inclined to trust her own logic than outside sources of proof, and cannot always articulate her reasons for certain conclusions or beliefs. Anna can think creatively in terms of other people but is not often good at solving her own problems or in analyzing her reactions. Whenever she is stressed or depressed, Anna can become dismissive and even rude, abandoning her usual sweet good nature for criticism and pulling away from the people she cares about (inferior Ti).

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

She is quite content to attend to the details of everyday life in the great house, and is happy in her routine. Anna is sensitive toward the traditions and customs of service and does not greatly desire to step outside them for herself (though she encourages others to do so, when they feel led to pursue other dreams). Repeated experience with people and events give Anna a sense of what to expect from them in the future, for good or ill (her fears of what Bates will do are based on his previous reactions; her predictions about Thomas’ motives are based on what he has shown her in the past, etc). Her interest in new ideas and progress pushes her to embrace change and enjoy it. She is quite creative and imaginative, and very good at guessing people’s motivations and sensing connections between them. Anna can be quite fanciful in her desires, but also ties them to practical things. Her fear of the future when things go badly can prompt her to think about the worst possible outcomes to situations in their lives (feeling certain one or both of them might end up in jail, for example).

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Anna is warm, generous and kind, treating others with compassion and attempting to bond with them to avoid conflict. She’s charming, youthful, and loves to have fun. She can be self-indulgent and mischievous. She does not like to feel upset, and often becomes suspicious, distrustful, and even paranoid (but often right in her assessments of others) under stress – moving toward 6 in suspecting O’Brien and Thomas of framing Bates, fearing Vera may do her husband harm, and being anxious of re-establishing relationships after her assault. Her 1 wing makes her principled and diplomatic, always wanting to do the right thing.