Stranger Things: Nancy Wheeler [ENTJ]

Functional Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Nancy is a top-grades student who just wants to focus on passing her exams. But once weird things start happening around the town, she kicks into high gear and wants to take instant action — by gathering the facts of what happened (where Barb went, who saw her last, what happened to her?) and then by taking down the people responsible for opening the door into the Upside-Down and enabling the creature to come through / kill people. It takes another person to remind her they need to soften their approach and give the public something it can believe. Nancy tolerates sexism and mistreatment at work, while doggedly pursuing becoming a journalist and following her hunches. She is so out of touch with her inferior Fi, it takes a third person making her angry by inferring that she is running away from what she wants (Jonathan) before she acts on her feelings and sleeps with him. It takes Nancy being ‘drunk’ to confess her resentment toward Steve, and all through season two, she becomes obsessed with the idea of vindicating Barb, since she can’t stand how her parents don’t know the truth.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

Her intuition goes on ‘high alert’ when Barb goes missing, and she starts to worry about what might have happened to her long before anyone else does (“I don’t know what’s happening, but I have a bad feeling”). Nancy chases her hunches while working at the newspaper that eventually pan out in their discovery of various weird events attached to the portal. She is quick to latch on to other’s intuitive ideas and sees the potential in Jonathan after only a few interactions (instinctively knowing she can trust him, even when Steve does not, and seeking him out as someone who can help her). Nancy is a habitual risk-taker, who becomes more reckless as time goes on. She gets drunk and sleeps with Steve. She crawls into the Upside-Down alone after seeing a monster in the woods. She learns how to use a gun and rigs up the house to draw the creature there, intent on killing it.

Enneagram: 3w2 self-preservation

Nancy mostly focuses on her homework and being perfect in school in the first season. She goes along with her friends to be seen as “cool,” and urges her friend Barb to do the same. But she’s seriously out of touch with her own feelings – even though she loves Jonathan, she goes back to Steve for appearances’ sake and continually denies her true feelings until someone else tells her about them; and then she wants to prove them wrong until she realizes they are right. When she sets her mind to a goal (like avenging Barb), she does not sway from it. Her 2 wing makes her a little more anxious to please, and shows in how she yields to what others want from her, often.