Guest Post by E.J., INTJ
Dominant Se: Ana loves to be active. As a small child, her way of bonding with her sister was shared activity time. When Elsa is no longer allowed to engage in physical play with Ana, their relationship suffers. Ana misses her sister on an emotional level, but she expresses her feelings by complaining about how bored she is and wishing that they could do something together (“Do you wanna build a snowman?/ Or ride our bikes around the halls…”). Ana looks forward to her sister’s coronation because of the party involved. Excitement makes her move physically–she runs and dances around throughout the movie. Ana’s Se gives her boldness in some situations that would terrify others: she has enough confidence in her physical abilities that she is willing to climb into the mountains alone. Throughout the movie, Ana helps to connect her sister to the real, physical world–running interference for Elsa early on as Elsa grieves, and, eventually, encouraging Elsa to use her gift to delight their people.
Auxiliary Fi: Ana is more in tune with her own feelings and beliefs than those of other people. Although she is highly upset by Elsa’s withdrawal, she does not understand how Elsa feels. Her inability to intuit Elsa’s feelings hampers her from being able to reach out to Elsa. Despite this limitation, Ana believes very strongly in the importance of her relationship with her sister, and she continues to attempt to rebuild their relationship when most other people would have given up. Ana’s Fi belief in the importance of love leads her to fall for Han’s deception, but it also helps her to reject Hans completely as soon as she sees his true nature. Ana is fearless when acting on her beliefs, even being willing to die to protect Elsa.
Tertiary Te: Ana’s Te is not very well developed at the beginning of the story. She often assumes that her dreams will work out without considering the practical things that must be done to make them a reality. Ana also ignores all of the danger signals in her relationship with Hans until it is too late. She sets off to rescue Elsa without thinking about how to survive the dangers of the mountains (cold, wild animals, etc.). Fortunately, her Te does lead her to conclude that she needs Kristoff’s help, although he is hardly her ideal for a traveling companion. That decision probably saves her life.
Inferior Ni: Ana’s Ni is weak, and she normally prefers responding in the moment to planning ahead. As badly as she wants Elsa to play with her when they are teenagers, she never develops a strategy to draw Elsa out of her shell. Instead, she begs impulsively for company. The few times Ana does come up with something that resembles a long-term plan during the story, her plans are driven by emotional responses to external events (meeting an eligible man, wanting to rescue her sister).
6 thoughts on “Anna – Frozen: ESFP”
I think Anna is an ENFP. I just think Olaf as more of an ESFP
I disagree completely. Anna is ENFP and shows Ne the entire film. She’s imaginative, creative and naive like most ENFPs are. She’s idealistic and decides to marry a man she just met impulsively the same day she met him. She comes up with ideas on the fly spontaneously to handle situations despite how impulsive they can be, like getting Hans to help her climb the mountain, chasing after Elsa in the dangerous forest despite it being a bad idea, cutting the rope. She’s a big dreamer on life and what love should be, and first time in forever is a very ENFP song. Her idealism and Ne is obvious. and Elsa is an obvious INFJ as well. Most people know Anna and Elsa are ENFP and INFJ, but there’s a small legion out there that think there ESFP and ISTJ incorrectly and have this huge misconception of the functions there using acually and it seems like your one of them lol. I still respect your opinion but Anna being ENFP seems very obvious and makes the most sense.
Wait…wait…wait…I’ve just come across you’re site and damn you’re blowing my mind!! In a good way ;) I’ve read quite a lot of your stuff just sitting here with noting to do!
Now ill admit, I’m trying to get off the habit of typing by the letter and onto typing by cognitive function… But id have said ENFP for Anna, I see you’re Elsa article types her as ISTJ…ill comment on that later.
Now, I’m curious as to the ESFP for Anna, I’d have given Ariel that type in a heart beat as I dare say she’s the most flighty of all the Princesses and I’ve found ESFP to be the most flighty type. Stereotype I know…must break that habit. Anna, while flighty in her way, takes in info differently than Ariel, here’s my reasoning why. The info she takes in obviously has some bigger picture to it. She’s told by her parents she has to stay apart from her sister, and she doesn’t question why, she figures there’s a bigger picture/reason as to why even if she doesn’t know it. She implicitly believes things without cold proof, obviously an N trait, and she’s hardly detailed. She goes and does things without any details in mind, speaking to N. Ariel isn’t detailed either, but must of her ‘taking in info’ via that second letter, seems to scream S to me…id love to hear what you have to say on this! I’m still learning and going to try to beat the letter typing habit!
FunkyMbtiFiction has a good comparison between Anna and Ariel (search ‘frozen’ and it’s a couple down). Anna’s an ESFP, and Ariel’s an ENFP. The implicitly believing thing and the impulsiveness Anna has isn’t an intuitive trait. It’s Se, which is concerned about experiences and has a tendency to take things at face value (without a well developed Ni). I don’t know what, exactly, screams sensor to you about Ariel (other than she collects stuff? It’s been years since I’ve watched that movie), but check out that post I mentioned. It helps explain the Se vs Ne functions so you don’t need to rely on the letters.
I finally got around to reading that. I’m now convinced.
I’m still convinced that Elsa is ISxJ. I truly don’t think we’ll be able to determine which Si Dom type she is until the sequel comes along and we see her in a state of sound mind more often(I hope). We can’t type default dominant functions properly when said person being type is almost always using a inferior function, whatever it may be. As the old adage goes, we all do and say things we normally wouldn’t in states of high, stress, anger, anxiety, fear, panic, etc. Because Elsa is in these states almost the whole damn movie, I really don’t think we can properly type her out. Plus here’s something to consider…would she be “The most Si character ever” if she weren’t TAUGHT to view herself and what she did ‘in the past’ with so much disdain and panic? It’s almost like her thoughts aren’t her own, it’s her parents talking. she just did what she was told without question, almost like it wasn’t herself. And because she was at the age where she’s very impressionable (as children are), all of that ultimately BECAME who she is, rather than coming to her own conclusions about it. Of course we’ll never know what ‘would have been’.
If a character is using an inferior trait or looping, then you can see what the dominant would be if healthy (Te pairs with Fi, Ne with Si, etc.).
It is tricky to separate nature and nurture, especially when it’s unclear which one MBTI type is.
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