Elizabeth I / The Golden Age: Elizabeth I [ISFP]

Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

Elizabeth has a difficult time stepping away from her sense of autonomy and self; even when her life is on the line, she chooses to mislead and deflect with her words by arguing moral semantics (“I have no desire to make windows into men’s souls”) rather than agree to anything she doesn’t like. With her sister, Mary, she refuses to promise to keep England Catholic, even to please her; rather she says she promises to rule according to her “conscience.” When her cabinet pressures her to get married, she resists them by deflecting all her suitors, and dancing publically with her favorite, Robert Dudley, instead. Her need to stay queen and be held back by her status constantly frustrates her, as she asserts to Sir Walter Raleigh that she would follow him anywhere, even across the sea, if it were allowed. She does not like to force others to embrace her religion, and instead seeks “uniformity, through a common prayer book.” Elizabeth is quick to reassure others on an emotional level (“Do not think we do not care for your children”) and to embolden them in public speeches (her fiery, emotional speech to her troops) and seeks love from the men she encounters, often, as Walsingham says, “ruling with her heart, not her head.” In conflict, she becomes authoritative and commanding – lashing out and attempting to control her underlings, laying out her ambitions, shouting at the Spanish ambassador, and making detailed war plans against the Armada. But left to her own devices, she would choose the path of lenience rather than come down hard on her enemies (sparing the traitor Sir Robert, to “remind me of how close I came to danger,” and wanting to spare her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots).

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Elizabeth is torn between her desires and interests in the present, and her more philosophical musings about the future. She loves to dance, and spend time with her ladies, but also to sit in solitude and contemplate. She shows an adventurous spirit in her confession that she would love to become a ship’s captain and sail away across the sea. She tends to react in the moment, finding it easy to adapt, even when confronted with the sight of a cross-dressing duke. Elizabeth has enough wisdom and foresight to use trickery and verbal manipulations to keep her head off the chopping block when she’s interrogated in the Tower. But she pays little attention to court gossip and is shocked to discover her lover’s trysts with Sir Robert might threaten her hold on the throne. Later, she decides to become a symbol of England, by modeling herself after the Virgin Mary – a tactic to unite England behind her, and make her seem “divine.” She thinks ahead but also frets and trusts others’ intuitions more than her own – turning to an astrologer to foretell her future and that of her country.

Enneagram: 6w7 self-preservation

Elizabeth admits to Sir Walter, “I am always afraid.” It has made her cautious – in the first film, she deals with her sister’s accusations and those of the priests with anxious pessimism but also cunning, cleverly thinking her way around their questions and answering with subtle defiance. Elizabeth knows how to win people over to her side, appealing to the hostile bishops with humor to deflect their anger and bring them to peace; she uses similar tactics at court, and even handles the shock of the duke’s sexual proclivities with politeness. She can aggressively seek others under stressful situations, finding it frustrating when told to make instant decisions, and instead polling her council to decide on a course of action. She can also be reactive, paranoid, and suspicious, while trusting a few people (like Sir Robert) too much. Her 7 wing shows in her volatile nature, as well as her enjoyment of pleasures and fun. She has a witty side that does not like to dwell too much on pain.