Skeeter Phelan: INFP

Guest Post by Emily, INFP

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

Dominant Introverted Feeling (Fi): Skeeter is one of the only people bothered by how the maids are treated. When Mrs. Stein asks her to write a list of things that bother her but don’t seem to bother anyone else, it ends up being a long list. When interviewing Aibileen, she tells her that she is tired of the rules. When she was a kid, visiting Constantine, her mom told her to be nice to Constantine’s neighbours, but Skeeter didn’t know why she wouldn’t be nice to them. When Hilly tells her to write the health initiative for the newsletter, Skeeter eventually tells her she won’t write it. She also paid Pascagoula’s brothers to put the toilets in Hilly’s yard. She has almost no interest in dating and broke up with Stuart after their first date because he said she was writing the Miss Myrna column to get a husband. Although she is writing a cleaning column, she has no interest in learning how to clean. She buys banned books off the black market because “if the State of Mississippi banned them, they must be good.”

Auxiliary Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Skeeter’s dream job is to be a writer. She writes the book of interviews to change people’s attitudes towards the maids. She likes being creative and learning. After she sends the manuscript to Mrs. Stein, she worries about what could go wrong and has nightmares about it. She understands Aibileen’s code note about wanting to be interviewed. She also sasses her mom and Stuart when she is mad at them.

Tertiary Introverted Sensing (Si: Skeeter is polite to Hilly after starting to write the book. She keeps going to League meetings and bridge club until she gets kicked out. She keeps hanging out with Hilly and Elizabeth because they were friends since elementary school. When she went to Aibileen’s house to work on the interviews, she was surprised driving there because she thought it would be like to visit Constantine.

Inferior Extroverted Thinking (Te): Skeeter wants to be able to move out of her parents’ house and be independent. When Hilly tells her to write the health initiative, Skeeter tells her she won’t. She demands that her mom tell her what happened. When she gets the job at the newspaper, she gets ahead of deadlines writing the Miss Myrna column.

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