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).