Functional Order: Ne-Fi-Te-Si
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)
Ivy has a strong sense of idealism in how she interacts with those in the town. She desires to see and bring out the best in others, even in Noah, though he can make mistakes, be uncontrollable, and act immaturely because of his mental illness. She heavily relies on her intuition and what ‘goes unspoken’—she notices Lucius never touches her, as he used to do as children, and from this accurately deduces that he is in love with her, but finds it hard to express himself. She ‘knows’ he is out walking in the towns and will come back to check on them, when the creature comes among them to terrorize them, after others have gone walking into the woods. When Noah fatally injures Lucius, Ivy is the first person to volunteer to make the dangerous journey through the woods, despite the creatures’ presence, to fetch medicines in the towns. She pulls upon some adherence to tradition and her upbringing, but also her own subjective experiences—fearing her marrying Lucius might damage her relationship with her sister, being apprehensive about the woods because of growing up thinking them full of monsters (despite knowing “better”), and craving a traditional lifestyle for herself. Ivy, however, is in her bones an idealist who “chases after hope,” as another townie puts it.
Judging Functional Axis:
Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)
Where her sister is full of dramatic wails and quick-changing feelings, Ivy is much more internal and difficult for others to read. When she mourns what she has lost, she does so in actions far more than words—slapping repeatedly and attacking the person who has brought her misery rather than verbally chastising him or using her words to shame him. She often senses what others are thinking and expresses it (Ne) but does not speak for them, substituting playfulness (again, Ne) for an expression of her own deeper feelings (teasing Lucius about not wanting to tell him his color and to stop asking, when he has not said a word). She is curious about the world and its people, and wonders why Lucius “has no fear when the rest of us quake in our boots.” But when push comes to shove, Ivy takes it upon herself to pursue onward, alone, into and through the woods to fetch medicine. She cleverly figures out how to set a trap for the monster chasing her. She tackles problems with fierce determination and an attitude of ‘moving beyond it.’
Enneagram: 6w7 self-preservation
Ivy has a gentle, sweet temperament and an undeniable sense of humor. She tries to soften everyone she knows with teasing and subtle flirtations, which baffles Lucius—a man of far fewer words. She has a tolerant and forgiving attitude toward people and their failings, but also a strong sense of apprehension. The knowledge she holds a handful of berries of ‘the wrong color’ can erase all the happiness from her face and replace it with fear. Even though her father tells her the truth about the woods, Ivy feels wracked with terror to go through them alone. She battles her fear every day, in every way, often courageously, but always with a sense of desperation to overcome it. Forced into extreme circumstances, Ivy falls into a 3ish image-modeling (pretenses) that cannot really conceal her dread, but she persists in doing what most terrifies her, for the love of another person. Her 7 wing moves outward, away from apprehension and waiting into direct action—she wants to go to the towns for medicine, and feels confident she can accomplish it.