The Good Liar: Betty McLeish [INFJ]

Functional Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

Though much of Betty’s motivations are disguised throughout the majority of the film, her narrative and outlining of what she did to gain Roy’s trust and affections reveal she is highly calculating, and does not care much for “boring details.” She entrusted the investigation to the boyfriend of her grandson, who gathered information, came up with the details of who she should be in order to hook his interest, and then helped her arrange a domestic life that Roy would not suspect. But shades of her natural intuition do shine through; she does not see the point in living in, or dwelling on, her past. She tells Roy “I forgave you long ago,” and convincingly makes future plans with him. She also uses her insights into him to improvise in the moment, such as when he makes a romantic move on her by asking her if she feels “lonely” at night. She pieced together his motivations without asking him for his rape of her in their teen years as retribution for her sisters’ spurning of him, turning her father into the Gestapo and getting him murdered as a “childish recrimination for being humiliated.” She envisioned the confrontation she wanted, and made it happen. Betty shows poor sensory awareness, miscalculating him at the end (leading to a struggle / scuffle with him almost killing her in the process) and puncturing her hands when she tore up the carpet to get at her childhood hiding place.

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Much like Roy, she can pretend to be whatever she has to be, if the situation calls for it. She can smile into the face of her rapist, flirt with him, make plans for their combined futures with him, and utterly convince him that she is being conned—all while conning him in return. Betty is warm, gregarious, charming, and assertive. She has no trouble putting her feelings into words, in feigning whatever emotion she knows he wants in return (such as empathy, as he “struggles” up the front steps of his house), and coolly rebuffing his sexual advances. Part of her self-analysis taught her that she needed no revenge for the awful things he did to her as a child, but she did need to face him, and tell him the truth, to confront him… and then she could move on.

Enneagram: 1w2 self-preservation

Given the chance to humiliate him or punish him beyond what was necessary, Betty chose instead to force him to tell the truth, using his own money to do it. She left him enough in his account to pay off the last people he conned, and who now want either his money, or him dead. She’s just principled enough to be above “revenge.” She does not arrange to have him killed. She does not inflict undue cruelties on him. She just teaches him a moral lesson, forces him to admit to his sins, and then walks away with a clear conscience. She is straightforward, opinionated, and admits that after his assault, her first thought was that she should change her dress. Even stunned and abused, she thought about the inappropriateness of appearing disheveled. Betty’s 2 wing is warm, extroverted, and charming.