Functional Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

The Grinch has a very fixed view of life, and refuses to allow anyone else to impact it, until he is touched by the singing of Whoville after they have awoken to find Christmas stolen. He spends all his time isolated in his cave, tinkering with devices that alleviate his boredom and make his life easier in the cave. He comes alive in excitement when it’s time to create machines, in a short amount of time, to “ruin” Christmas for everyone. Initially, his inferior Fe only cares about hurting the cheerful people, whom he has done his best to avoid during the holiday season, but then he is touched by Cindy Lou’s happiness despite hardship. He is also easily emotionally persuaded, responding to Max’s “begging eyes” and releasing his reindeer even though he needs him to pull the sleigh, after the reindeer’s family turns up. The Grinch has trouble understanding his own emotions, but allowing himself to open up to them enables his heart to “grow three sizes bigger.”

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

The Grinch is very sensory, whether he admits it or not. In stressful situations, he “emotional-eats,” cleaning out all his cupboards and forcing him to go to the store. He takes on risky ventures in procuring a sleigh. He walks through the market, trying things and putting them back down, or in some cases, breaking them to upset people. He uses what opportunities avail themselves, and in some cases, invents things for the spur of the moment. He astoundingly cleans Christmas out of Whoville in about 7 hours of improvisational work, with a little bit of planning. The Grinch tends to make spur of the moment decisions, in the confidence he can still pull it off somehow, such as choosing to steal Christmas in the first place, capturing and releasing reindeer, stealing sleighs, making his Santa Costume at the last minute, trying to save the presents from falling off the cliff, and then delivering them to the Who’s. His Ni is focused on defending his narrow perceptions of Christmas, and insists on a single, negative interpretation of the season.

Enneagram: 5w4 self-preservation

He has chosen to isolate himself from the happiness his inner self craves – becoming a distant observer of life rather than a participant. The Grinch watches people from atop his mountain, and chooses to engage merely out of nastiness rather than a genuine desire to forge connections. It all stems from fear that he cannot handle his own intense emotions of resentment, jealousy, and anguish, which come from his 4 wing’s bitterness over his childhood in an orphanage devoid of love, companionship, and presents. Only when the Grinch learns to overcome his past, and defeat his 4ish hatred of the Who’s, does he find happiness and emerge from his cave to integrate into a better self.