The Tudors: Anne Boleyn [ISFP]

Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Fe

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

Though complaint with her father’s demands she seduce the king, Anne sets about doing it on her own terms, in her own way, with an end goal in mind of “keeping him” (not being a dalliance). She shares his love letters with her family, but keeps her true feelings close to her chest; when her father directly asks her how she feels about her new charge, she says she has grown fond of the king, but does not elaborate further. Anne is often alone, pondering her feelings, which makes her hard for others to read. She has a strong set of personal beliefs, which she uses to bring about change in England (giving the king the books necessary to dismantle Catholicism, being angry at Cromwell for taking funds from the dissolution of the monasteries and not using them to help poor people). Her inferior Te comes out in sharp bursts with a brutal tongue – when frustrated, she insults Katharine in front of the entire court (“I would rather see her hanged than acknowledge her as my mistress”); she mocks Henry’s virility; she blasts him when she catches him with another woman (“Just when my belly is doing its business, I find you wenching with Mistress Seymour!”), and she flat out tries to control others to assuage her own anxiety about her position (she tells Cromwell if he’s not careful, she’ll have him “cropped at the neck,” she orders Thomas Wyatt “never to speak of me to others, do you understand?”).

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Anne is is opportunistic, but also has a longer term vision for her actions than her sister (“If he had me, who is to say he would keep me?”). She sets out to bait and tease the king, to lead him into a relationship in which she never gives him what he wants (sex) until he makes her a queen, but she still uses teasing and sexual provocations to accomplish it. Anne loves to do things. She wants Mark Smeaton to show her how to play the violin, she enjoys performing in plays and dances, and is eager to show her ladies the latest fashion and dance steps. She can sometimes misread situations and make things worse (owing to her Fi’s inability to mirror other people’s emotional states or choose the right comments to suit the situation) in an attempt to enact her vision. Anne never wavers from what she wants, nor gives in to Henry’s demands and her own desires, until she has gotten what she wants. As time passes, Anne becomes increasingly more fixated on the future, her daughter’s life, and an irrational fear of Mary Tudor replacing Elizabeth as heir apparent (“I don’t know why, I just fear it!”). She also becomes convinced Mary will be her death.

Enneagram: 3w2 sexual

Anne is ambitious. She is pleased to accomplish things for herself, and her family – delighted when Henry responds to her attentions with gifts, presents, and noble titles for herself and her family. When her father tries to control her, as queen, she reminds him forcefully that SHE did this, that it was ALL ME. She is skilled at wearing whatever face is necessary for the situation – presenting the appropriate emotions for the situation, while hiding her true self, and in putting a happy face on everything (when Henry loses his cool and beats up a servant, she reassures him it’s fine and “everything is beautiful, wouldn’t you agree?”). She isn’t above lying and deceit, pretending to be something she is not (a virgin) to win over the king. Her 2 wing seeks love from Henry and becomes increasingly fearful of going without it; she also uses it to manipulate him with, but once as queen, turns it to more humanitarian purposes and giving.