Functional Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te
Judging Functional Axis:
Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)
Skeeter judges everything by her own moral standard – her mom let “the help go”? How dare she! The woman “practically raised me!” A guy makes rude remarks at dinner? “Were you dropped on your head as an infant or just born stupid”? Her mother asks about her sexual orientation? Skeeter blasts her with an adamant no. She can be blunt in expressing herself, due to inferior Te – not thinking about how her mother will react to hearing her say the “help” was more of a mother to her than her actual mother. She comes up with a great new idea to write a book with the assistance of “the help” – and does her best to recruit them. Skeeter refuses to compromise on what she believes in. When she’s mad at Hilly, she ignores her demands to have her agenda printed in the newsletter, and arranges for Hilly’s yard to get flooded with toilet donations. She rather underestimates the amount of work involved in writing her book, or her ability to get enough maids to contribute, or how many she needs to make it worth the publisher’s while… but then successfully manages to organize all the information, condense it into a book, sell the thing, and pay off the contributors in secret.
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)
She wants to change the world through what she writes, get a fantastic job somewhere fun and exciting and important, and has zero interest in being a wife or a mother; it just is not her (Fi) and doesn’t interest her, owing to her inferior Si. Skeeter sees how the world could improve as regards the racist attitudes of the South, and wants to give it a good shove in that direction – through mild forms of rebellion. Skeeter runs with her “good idea,” and improves as necessary, giving everyone secret names and changing minor details. She dreams of being a copy editor and writer. Though she’s never written an advice column about housekeeping before, she assumes she can get help in writing it – and leaps into action. Her focus is broad, on the world and the society around her — she contributes to good causes through her writing. Skeeter can be changeable. She is willing to give up her dream to stay at home and tend her sick mother. Skeeter changes her mind about her boyfriend and gives him a second chance, after he’s made a bad impression on her – only for him to prove to be the wrong person for her. She bases a lot of her judgments on her personal experiences (Si).
Enneagram: 9w8 social
Skeeter is passive, agreeable and kind (hiding not being invited to her prom from her mother), followed by bouts of losing her temper and letting people really have it. She politely asks her friends if she can solicit help from their maids, since she doesn’t know how to do an answer column by herself, and is willing to abide by their rules, even when they seem unfair. She is open-minded and considerate of others, rather than militant. When Skeeter doesn’t want to put Hilly’s racist material in the newsletter, she “forgets” for a few issues. Then, she passive-aggressively changes a few letters in Hilly’s ad which means a bunch of toilets gets dropped off at her former friend’s house. Rather than take any money for typing up the book, Skeeter divides it among the maids. Her 8 wing comes down hard through fierce temper tantrums, in terms of right and wrong.Skeeter tells off her dinner date midway into the meal by asking him if he was born stupid or his mother dropped him on his head as an infant. She judges her mother for letting their maid go for appearances’ sake and slams her with a hurtful accusation — this woman raised me, more than you ever did.