Becoming Jane: Jane Austen [ENFP]

Functional Order: Ne-Fi-Te-Si

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)

Jane spends most of her time thinking about her stories, and coming up with ironies off other people’s statements. She loves to mock society and its norms. She has an unusual, humorous and often sarcastic view of the world, and can make fun of just about anything. She firms a strong negative impression of Tom when they first meet, which reverses somewhat as she comes to know him (showing a willingness to shift with the intuitive environment and change her mind easily). But she keeps the big picture in mind at all times – both her dreams of making it as an author, and Tom’s need to be responsible for his family. She often forms judgments based off her intuition (and she’s right about Tom, in that he’s a carefree rake). She shows very little regard for Si, other than her contentment in a simple life, though she does base her perception of Tom a bit in their negative interactions from the start (she is also quicker to back away from those assumptions than her heroine, Elizabeth Bennett). Jane draws from her personal experience to create many of her fictional characters.

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

She is the perfect blend of independent thought and practical reasoning; Jane refuses to marry without love (and therefore winds up alone) but also temporarily tries to find a husband to secure herself financially. She cares very much about her family and feels a need to be morally responsible for Tom’s family… deciding that her own romantic happiness is not worth the sacrifice of his disinheritance. Jane is different from her peers, and unable to reflect their emotions. She must come to her own conclusion about Tom, and does as her feelings shift. She can sometimes be wrapped up in her own feelings, and inconsiderate of social niceties (such as playing the piano first thing in the morning when she cannot write, and playing cricket despite being the only woman to participate). Jane shows good Te in her arguments and her common sense – agreeing to “try” to find a husband for financial security, since she suspects she cannot earn a living off her books, redefining the term “irony” at dinner, seeing the practical problems of living without a stable income for herself and Tom.

Enneagram: 6w7 social

Though Jane puts on a bold front, others cause her to doubt herself or change her mind. She’s insulted by Tom being bored with her literary achievement, which causes her to go upstairs, second-guess it, tear it up, and throw it into the fire. She asserts that she wants to make a living through her pen, but changes her mind when her mother disapproves and tells her she does not want to “dig her own potatoes.” Jane needs others to agree with and support her decisions, which is why she appreciates her father telling her mother that he does not want Jane to marry without love. She has a skeptical, disapproving approach to Tom at first, but does not allow her heart to “rule her head.” She refuses to run away with him when she realizes it would be irresponsible and impractical in the long term (Ne/Te + 6 consequential reasoning). As a loyal and appropriate woman, she disapproves of Tom’s immoral lifestyle and her reaction to the immorality found in Tom Jones. It inspires her to forsake the man she loves, out of a moral obligation to his family. She is playful and entertaining, but does not like quarrels. Her 7 wing makes her able to poke fun at society in an attractive way and dream of bigger things, as well as gives her the courage to “live by my pen.”