Stranger Things: Nancy Wheeler [ESTJ 3w2]

Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-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 Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Nancy doesn’t want the same life as her parents, but as Jonathan accuses her of in season two, she has “gone right back to how things used to be” rather than taking any chances or setting out on her own, once they live through the events of season one. She is back with her jock boyfriend, still trying to make good grades and impress people at school. She is more down to earth than her brother Mike, and dismissive of his theories about everything until she starts seeing things happening with her own eyes. Then she sets out to find proof, and takes immediate action, stocking up on supplies to go “monster hunting.” She has a sense that “something more is happening” that won’t shake off the fact that Barb has gone missing. Later on, her intuition develops even more, and she reasons that she needs to follow a story while working for the newspaper, even when her boss tells her to give it a rest. She is stumped about what to do, to expose the company, until another person suggests they “make the story believable,” and alter the facts to support a theory that is recognizable enough for people to swallow, instead of portals into parallel universes.

Enneagram: 3w2 sp/so

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.

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