To Kill a Mockingbird: Scout / Jean Louise Finch [ISFP]

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frustration with her brother during his difficult teenage period (of intense feelings), and her fascination with the withdrawn Boo Radley.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.

Enneagram: cp6w7 social

Scout acts like an 8 a lot of the time — assertive, combative, and she tends to get on her brother about his cowardice, except… she will submit to an authority (Atticus). Just one person whom she idolizes above all others, who has her back and her respect, whom she feels safer having around — her dad, the calm, collected man who can shoot a rabid dog at twenty paces. She is also somewhat anxious, and doesn’t want her brother to go back for his pants in case he gets caught in someone’s backyard. She can be abrasive and combative, getting in other kids’ faces and answering their insults with her fists (her 7 wing bratty side kicking in at school). She asserts she ain’t scared of nobody, but bends her will to Atticus whenever he disapproves of her behavior. She tries to form bonds with the other kids at school — one minute, she wants to punch one in the nose, then 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.