Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Minny gives the facts most of the time. She flat out tells Celia that her cooking is terrible, and she needs help around the house. She keeps her mouth shut at her regular job because she needs the work and the money. She also takes action, rather than waits around for things to happen – both in finding another job and in “getting Hilly back.” When the others need to figure out how to disguise their book, it’s Minny who says she needs to tell them about the “terrible awful” she done to Miss Hilly, because “she’ll never let anyone know the truth that this book is about Jackson.” She’s right, her former boss spends all her time protecting them by trying to convince everyone the book isn’t about her hometown and therefore can’t be about her. Minny does have strong feelings about her friends, but she doesn’t allow them to make her decisions for her. She points out they need “more maids” for safety’s sake, and to make a good book… and recruits them.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Practical, down to earth, reliable… and a bit cynical about all of it, that’s Minny. Her personal experience weighs heavily into her decisions. She talks in absolutes, about what she doe and does not do (“Minny never burns chicken”). She shows some concern about how things may turn out, given her low-order Ne. (She negatively anticipates trouble.) She accepts “how things are” in the South and draws conclusions from it (what’s going to happen if Celia’s husband doesn’t know she works there, and comes home to find her in the kitchen?).

Enneagram: 6w5

Cautious. Suspicious. Distrustful. Minny wants to make sure this book won’t backfire, so she’s the one who comes up with the fact that they need a reason to keep Hilly from retaliation — by telling about the Terrible, Awful Thing. She tells her daughter to submit and “no sass-mouthing,” something that comes easily to both of them. Minny also reacts emotionally under pressure, and lashes out against what she’s afraid of. She feeds Hilly a very special slice of pie and then instantly feels anxious about possible repercussions. Anger is common for her. When she’s treated right, she doesn’t cause trouble. She’s a contrarian who has a lot to say. She’s afraid to leave her job, afraid to leave her husband, and afraid to take risks… but she can also be supportive and group-focused. Her 5 wing draws into herself when she’s afraid, rather than confiding in other people, and is rational. But despite her bluntness, Minny also has the warmth and humor of the 6.

Review: The Help (2011).