Abe Weissman (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel): ISTJ


Dominant Introverted Sensing [Si]: Abe is a creature of habit. He has his routine and greatly resents having it disrupted. He always reads in this room after dinner, so Ethan cannot have the television on in there! The thought of reading in a different room is simply absurd to him. Abe doesn’t enjoy compromising and wants things to be exactly as he’s used to. “This is how I live my life” and that’s that. He refuses to get a second television to put in Midge’s room because he’s not the sort of man who has two TVs. Abe is big on making comparisons. When he was Ethan’s age, he could re-sole a shoe. Abe is extremely traditional and the thought of Midge and Joel separating is simply unacceptable. She’ll just have to figure out a way to win him back. They can’t possibly get divorced. Abe uses things he’s seen or heard in the past in oder to handle situations in the present. If this way of completing a task worked in that situation, we can easily just apply it again now and get the same results.

Auxiliary Extroverted Thinking [Te]: It’s important for Abe to be efficient and pragmatic. He’s unable to sit back and watch people do things the wrong way when he knows the quickest and easiest way of accomplishing a task. When he overhears Midge and Imogene struggling to put together the gift bags for the birthday party, he steps in and shows them how to do things the right way. “Set up a line like Henry Ford. Then pass the bags from one to the other. Candy cigarettes, pass the bag, silly putty, pass the bag, and so on.” Asserting his dominance as the head of the household and being the boss are crucial for Abe. He sets the rules. It’s his show and everyone else would do well to remember that! “I still control this house. I’m just doing it from in here.” When Abe believes that there’s no change of Midge and Joel getting back together, he takes the most logical action: inviting an acquaintance (who happens to be a divorce lawyer) over for dinner…

Tertiary Introverted Feeling [Fi]: … However, because Abe prefers to do instead of discuss, Rose and Midge are appalled that he had the nerve to go out and do a thing like that without consulting them first. Abe is pretty reserved emotionally and doesn’t really express his feelings. On the rare occasions that he does, he tends to demonstrate them through actions rather than words. When Rose guilts him because he hasn’t done anything to help Midge, he tries to help in a practical way as opposed to offering emotional support. He goes to Moishe and convinces him to split the cost of Midge and Joel’s apartment with him, so that their home will be waiting if and when they reconcile. Abe values marriage, and wants Midge to do whatever it takes to get Joel to come home, even though he was the one having the affair and he was the one who walked out on her when she had done nothing wrong. At times, Abe can be fiercely protective of the people he loves

Inferior Extroverted Intuition [Ne]: Opening himself up to new things and dealing with change aren’t exactly Abe’s strong suits. He prefers what he’s familiar with. Unpredictability and disruptions in his usual schedule are stressful. He’s not very open to other people’s point of view because he tends to have trouble seeing beyond his own subjective impressions of people and situations. Abe is rather close-minded and tends to feel that he knows best without bothering to be objective and hear other people out. Although he isn’t very open to listening to those he disagrees with he is able to come around eventually, and even becomes willing to support Midge by setting up the meeting with the divorce lawyer so she can begin to move on with her life.


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Miriam “Midge” Maisel (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel): ESFJ


Dominant Extroverted Feeling [Fe]: Midge is great with people. She’s personable, charming, and charismatic. She doesn’t set out to become a comedian. Rather, she takes the stage of the Gaslight to vent about her feelings. Her husband just left her, so she just starts talking to a room full of strangers about it. Midge is comfortable in the spotlight and has no problems being the center of attention. People are drawn to her everywhere she goes, and she’s always able to keep an audience captivated. Midge has no interest in becoming a comedienne until Susie notices her natural talent and tries to talk her into pursuing a career in comedy. Midge is very good at feeling a room, and she is instinctively able to adjust her jokes in order to adapt to her audience. Midge is emotional, and wants Susie to learn how to comfort her. She wants Susie to lie and say she’s good, even when she isn’t! She needs Susie to let her cry and talk about her feelings when she has to. She desires a friendship with Susie, not just a professional relationship. Although she can get caught up in her emotions, Midge is also very good at putting on a good face for the sake of other people. Even though she’s angry with Joel, she’s able to put aside her feelings for the sake of the family, and is even able to be cordial towards him at dinner the day after he leaves her. Midge is extremely supportive of her husband. She wants to make others as comfortable as she can, and knows how to put people at ease.

Auxiliary Introverted Sensing [Si]: A sense of familiarity and stability is important to Midge. After marrying Joel, she doesn’t want to move too far from home. In fact, she gets an apartment in the same building she grew up in, just above her parents. She’s reluctant to perform in venues other than the Gaslight, because she likes it there. “It feels like home.” Midge craves the traditional things in life. She wanted to go to college, meet a man, get married, and have a nice home. Midge is highly attentive to detail. When Joel performs, she carries around a book to take notes in, and logs everything. When she begins her comedy career, she makes a point of gathering as much information as she can in order to improve her own act. She watches other comedians perform, and writes down what about their act she’d like to incorporate into her own. Midge favors methods that are proven to work. If this works for that comedian, it will surely work for her as well!

Tertiary Extroverted Intuition [Ne]: Although Midge can be a little uneasy about breaking out of her comfort zone, she is usually willing to after some prodding. And when she does, she typically shines. Midge is easily able to improvise, and delivers entire sets, which are often inspired by her personal life and experiences (Fe-Si-Ne) on the fly. Midge is very good at making connections, which is very useful in her standup routines. She’s able to make comparisons and create metaphors off the top of her head. Midge is able to throw herself right into new atmospheres and experiences, and, while it may sometimes be difficult for her at first, she is able to adapt to change quickly. In a very short period of time, Midge loses her husband, her home, and has to start working, which she’s never done before, and she not only survives, she thrives. When it comes to her comedy, Midge has a flair for spontaneity, and she’s not above switching gears in the middle of a set to take her routine in an entirely new direction.

Inferior Introverted Thinking [Ti]: It’s nearly impossible for Midge to detach from her emotions. But that usually works in her favor, since she incorporates them into her sets. She can’t put her feelings aside. If Susie wants to be her manager, she has to manage all of her. Not just Midge, the comedienne, but Midge, the human being. Midge can be analytical about things, and her assessments about situations she finds herself in are often utilized in her routines. She has a quick mind and a very sharp wit, and has a knack for playful banter. Midge enjoys having debates, and likes engaging in conversations with her father where their opinions differ, which her mother chastizes her for. Sometimes, it’s difficult for Midge to look at things with objectivity and rationality. When she bombs, she blames the audience and is initially unable to see that the problem was her, not them. It’s difficult for Midge to handle choking, and briefly contemplates quitting altogether when she’s unable to deal with the heckling.


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