Prometheus: Elizabeth Shaw [ENFP]

OFFICIAL TYPING by Charity / the Mod

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Elizabeth starts out with a theory, that the aliens referenced in various earth paintings across different ancient societies are the ancestors or creators of humans; when questioned about whether she has facts to support this, she says she “chooses” to believe in her theory; she is later proven correct, but then begins to perceive that the aliens are in fact a threat to earth and intending to destroy humanity. Her entire intuitive perception of them changes based on this new evidence, derailing her idealism into an adversarial approach. She quickly sees the potential of using a weaponless ship as a projectile against the enemy ship, even though it will cost human lives in the process (losses for the greater good of humanity). Always searching for more, for answers, she chooses at the end not to return to earth but to continue on to the alien planet, to discern the reasons for this massive shift in alien beliefs, that they first create and then destroy.

Introverted Feeling (Fi): She trusts her feelings at first about the aliens, but that shifts into a moral judgment call when she realizes they intend to wipe out humanity – that’s wrong, and she must do anything she can to stop them, even if it costs her life. Elizabeth isn’t forthcoming with her feelings, but does become hurt when Charlie accidentally makes a remark that reminds her of her inability to have children. Elizabeth tries to save the people she cares about.

Extroverted Thinking (Te): Until she finds evidence, Elizabeth trusts her instincts that humans are descended from this ancient race; she is delighted to find proof in the form of DNA strands, to flesh out her theories. She’s quick to take decisive action, particularly when she realizes she’s pregnant the day after sleeping with Charlie, then refuses to let them put her in a stasis pod, instead climbing into a machine and performing surgery on herself. She can be logically reasoned with; even after loathing David 8 for his actions (“why would I ever help you?”) she agrees that she needs him, in order to fly an alien ship.

Introverted Sensing (Si): Much of her desire to find answers is driven through personal losses, which helped shape her worldview. Elizabeth clings to the memory of her dad, represented in her cross necklace (a symbol, as much a sentiment). Personal experience also shapes her interactions, and helps her Ne shift gears (the more bad things happen on the planet, the more Elizabeth becomes cautious, and abandons her former idealistic hope that the alien race might help humanity).

Note: It was very tempting to type her INFJ. She seems to have that stereotype going on (with her desire to understand the why, as well as occasional recklessness that could be attributed to inferior Se) – but in a discussion with a friend, they pointed out that Elizabeth reverses her worldview over the course of the film; she abandons her idealized vision, unlike another Ni-dom character, when she quickly sees it was wrong; this instant shifting of gears is common for Ne, but almost impossible for INXJs due to having such low Se; their vision eclipses reality, thus they find it difficult to abandon the Ni-single perception. I don’t intend to type Charlie, but he’s ESTP.

Dr Elizabeth Shaw and David 8 the Android, two of the main characters from Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel “Prometheus”, now given their own tiny pixelated tribute !

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