Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Once Elsa accidentally hurts her sister with her powers, her parents lock her away, and she becomes so used to being alone and “safe,” that even when she breaks free of her old life and escapes the kingdom, she creates another castle (albeit, more beautiful, to suit her sensory tastes) and sits in it… alone. Because that is what she is familiar with, and all she has ever done. She trusted her parents’ judgment enough that she never once deviated from it, even in their absence. Elsa has a practical, slower approach to life; when Anna announces she intends to marry someone she just met, a horrified Elsa challenges her recklessness. In the animated short, she is fussing over every single detail of Anna’s birthday in an attempt to make it ‘perfect.’ In Frozen 2, she shows a reluctance to change, singing about how much she dislikes it, but also feels a pull from her inferior Ne to follow the siren’s song. Elsa knows somehow that it is calling to her, and that she will learn the truth if she follows it, but has no strong hunches about what it means for her individually until she can connect the physical signs the enchanted forest leaves for her (the ship, the ice statues in the wood, water having living memories). Her Ne is curious about the world but also somewhat weak. Elsa figures out how to control her powers… a long time after she needed that knowledge. She does not suspect Hans of nefarious intentions when he proposes to Anna, just thinks it’s stupid to marry someone you’ve just met (that’s not sensible! or traditional! that’s rubbish!). She shows creativity in her artistic endeavors. In the second film, as she dives further and further into her Ne, leaping on chances to follow her intuition, Anna accuses her of being reckless and not knowing when to stop. Elsa does indeed, as she fears, go too far.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Her own “disability” stumps her, because she cannot think her way around it; because no one knows how to help her, Elsa spends a decade shut in her room, unable to control her powers. She neither thinks beyond them nor creatively tries to suppress them; she simply believes she can “control” them through controlling her behavior. Elsa feels torn between her duty and promises to her kingdom, and the deeper emotions of her heart. She often simply pushes her sister away when she feels the adventure is too dangerous for her, disregarding Anna’s feelings on the matter. She has a pleasant demeanor and a kind heart, but she can be authoritative and blunt when challenged. She understands and respects her role as a queen, and sometimes exerts her authority (such as telling Anna no, she will not marry a total stranger). In the animated short, she is so busy organizing externally the details of her sister’s big day, she neglects the emotional aspect of a birthday. She has intense feelings, all locked inside where Anna cannot reach them; she withstands years of Anna begging her to open the door and “come out and play,” because she can shut herself off from external influences. But Elsa thrives when she is allowed to be true to herself, to not hide her powers, and to use them to create beautiful castles. Her song of empowerment is to let it go and be true to herself.

Enneagram Core: 1w9

Because of her powers, Elsa tries to suppress all of her emotions and be the perfect child. Her intense need to “get it right” competes with her desire to stay at perfect peace and not deal with anything that gives her anxiety. Her total self-hatred and fear about being unable to control herself causes her to pull away from others, becoming non-available to them on an emotional level. Her powers escalate out of control whenever she becomes emotional (which is often, and her disintegrating into 4). “Let it Go” is 1 moving (momentarily) to 7 before she retreats back into 1. Under stress, she’s anxious, insecure, and does not trust herself or others (9 moving to 6). She’s so out of touch with her intense emotions, she cannot figure out how to control them until she lets her emotions out – a common problem with Enneagram 1 suppression methods.