skeeter phelan

The Help: Skeeter Phelan [INFP]

Introverted Feeling (Fi): Skeeter knows what she believes, and will let nothing stand in her way: she would rather get an education than get married, she wants to work for a proper magazine, and the racism in her small town drives her to drastic measures, to make sure everyone has a chance to share things from their perspective. Skeeter takes an issue and personalizes it, by making it about the feelings of “the help.” She is firm on her convictions, and doesn’t particularly care if other people disagree with her. She is intensely emotional, but doesn’t always show it.

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Instead of adopting the traditional lifestyle most of her friends prefer, Skeeter has much bigger dreams for the future, which makes her the odd girl out in her small town. She has an instinctive knack for reading people and knowing when something is going on that no one wants to talk about; she figures out that her parents fired their maid, she senses the darkness at the heart of her former best friend, and she sees a pattern that is apparent to no one else in how “the help” is treated (loved by the children they raise, and then ordered around). Skeeter is a little naïve; in her idealism and dreams, she fails at first to appreciate how dangerous writing the book is for everyone involved.

Introverted Sensing (Si): She treasures her fond memories of her maid / caregiver, and also has strong ties to her community, even though she resents its narrow-minded racism. Skeeter shows an ability to gather details about the things she is interested in, and a small amount of interest in “fitting in” with her willingness to participate in local traditional events and run the newsletter. She is really interested in learning people’s stories, so that she can better understand them, but also know more about their life outside work.

Extroverted Thinking (Te): Her goals are more idealistic than rational, but driven through a desire to make a real difference in the world. Skeeter isn’t very organized and is somewhat haphazard when it comes to meeting deadlines, but she can also knuckle down and do her work. When she feels strongly about something, she can articulate it well, and once she is aware of the danger to “the help,” she figures out ways to protect everyone involved and seriously considers the consequences of their actions.