Fe: Joan is happiest when her friends are happy with one another; dealing with their emotional angst distresses her. She has a hard time putting her own wishes (to be a lawyer) ahead of doing what her fiancée wants her to do (be a housewife). Joan finds it easy to read people and picks up on the emotional atmosphere of a room. She believes in the traditional social values of the period (keeping moral laws, appropriate behavior).
Si: She respects and participates in school traditions and has a high regard for “the way things have always been done.” Even though she thinks hard about choosing a career over being a housewife, she ultimately settles into what is most comfortable for her – a deeper desire in keeping with tradition but that sincerely will make her happy. She has a good memory for details and a rich appreciation for the past.
Ne: Her ability to pick up on what goes unsaid makes her aware that Betty’s marriage is failing, with hardly a negative word between man and wife. She quickly discerns that Katherine has a bad attitude toward housewives and mothers, and calls her out on it. She is reluctant at first to embrace new ideas and artwork, but learns to appreciate it and consider different options for her future life.
Ti: Practicality comes in handy when doing schoolwork and keeping her friends in line. Joan can be objective if she needs to be, and notices the hypocritical things in both herself and others.