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.