Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te
Judging Functional Axis:
Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)
Scout rebels against the outside world almost continually – in her defiance and her need to be authentic. She prefers her overalls to dresses, resists anyone’s attempts to call her “girlish” or make her “more ladylike,” and really only respects her father, Atticus. Much of the book is her internal perspective on things, her frustration with her brother during his difficult teenage period (of intense feelings), and her fascination with the withdrawn Boo Radley. The things she values the most, she cares about preserving. Scout feels a strong need to be independent; she refuses to take “no” for an answer, and insists on going with her father even after he has told her not to come along. She sometimes loses control and acts out in anger, by fighting at school over the things that matter most to her (her father’s reputation, and her own honesty). Scout can be blunt in stating the facts; she is curious about everything. She objects to behavior that seems, to her, to be irrational. She is quick to correct others and struggles to separate her emotions from her behavior, but over time learns to be more thoughtful and rational in her decisions.
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)
Whatever Scout feels, she translates into action – often with her fists. She jumps other students at school for things they say about her father. She beats the tar out of Dill or Jem sometimes when she’s frustrated with them. She takes most things at face value, and only thinks about them in hindsight, such as when she and Jem take Boo’s gifts out of the tree but do not think to return the favor and give him something in return. She never suspects it is Boo leaving things for them. When Scout sees a bunch of men confronting Atticus, she rushes in to defend him, heedless of the danger and confident she can handle it. She loves the rough-and-tumble lifestyle of her brother and friend Dill, from their numerous attempts to get Boo Radley to respond (sneaking around his yard, pushing notes through his windows, and trying to peek into his house) to the games the play (acting out what they’ve seen or suspect, rolling each other in tires down the street, etc). Once Scout knows that Boo has saved her life, her Ni pieces together the meaning in her father’s belief that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. She also, finally, understands the world “from Boo’s perspective,” by standing on his porch – a physical action that shifts her Fi perspective.
Scout at first seems like an 8, because she asserts that she ain’t scared of nobody, but she constantly bends her will to that of Atticus whenever he disapproves of her behavior, which is more like a 6’s selective trust of an authority figure. She challenges people, then backs down. She recklessly rushes into danger to save her father, but doesn’t want Jem to sneak back after his pants once a man has fired a shotgun at them near the Radley house. She’s argumentative and contrarian, but also helpful to her teacher, and inconsistent in how she treats the other kids – one minute, she wants to punch one in the nose, then she brings him home for lunch, and decides to be nice to him later, only to decide again that she’ll punch him the next time she sees him. Her 7 wing is fun-loving and excited about having adventures. She likes to jeer her brother on, whenever she thinks he’s being a “coward.”