Functional Order: Si-Fe-Ti-Ne
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)
Josie has fallen into a rut of consistent behavior, which is always playing second fiddle to her sister. She’s so stuck in this habit, it’s hard for her to imagine stepping away from it to establish her own life or forge a new path, by asserting herself. She’s somewhat trapped in her own head and experiences, and resistant to other people attempting to change her mind about them. She meets Penelope’s criticisms with stubborn resistance, preferring to keep things as they are. In so doing, she repeats a cycle many ISFJs fall into – playing a supporting role in an unhealthy relationship, rather than taking a risk and leaving what they know in order to establish their own identity. This is partly the fault of inferior Ne, which is so poor in her, she can’t imagine any other life than the one she has right now.
Judging Functional Axis:
Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)
It’s always about Lizzie’s feelings, and never about what she wants. Josie constantly puts herself aside for her sister. Even her crush, she doesn’t pursue, because “Lizzie called dibs.” Another example of this is agreeing to sabotage herself in the Miss Mystic Falls competition, so that Lizzie’s choice (Hope) can win, even though winning herself would have held personal significance for her. She becomes angry on Lizzie’s behalf more than on her own behalf; it’s as if she is living for Lizzie, rather than for herself – something that drives her away from Penelope, who hates to see it happen. Josie wants to air her feelings, but often doesn’t, because it might inconvenience someone else. As her sister says, “I am not a mind reader, Josie… you have to tell me what you want.” She will rationalize it, and make herself disappear. But as the series goes on, Josie does start to break away and assert herself more, as she sees opportunities slipping away through her fingers. Penelope (and others) help her to start using her thinking function more to make sense of things, admit that her usual methods aren’t always working, and realize that she has to take a stand for what she wants.
Enneagram: 9w1 social
She is “asleep to herself,” because to not be, might cause conflict with others. Josie continually puts her own needs aside. She doesn’t talk to her sister when she’s angry with her, until she has endured so much she can’t take it anymore. Josie falls into the roles Lizzie casts her in, and even though she’s mad about it, she denies it – and it takes a lot for her to admit to any feelings of anger. Most of the time, she just resigns herself to it, because it feels like “the right thing to do” (avoiding conflict, 9; doing the right thing, her 1 wing). She is generous and helpful, always willing to go the extra mile to do nice things for others. She doesn’t like to break the rules or step outside what is safe and known.