Sam and Dean According to Myers Briggs

I haven’t been able to do reviews of the show for reasons of time and health, although I’ve been watching the episodes. Nevertheless, I fee like I should write something about the show, and I was inspired to write this because we can see the clear delineations in character between the two brothers, and how the two of them are coping with the loss of their family.

 

Sam: ISFJ

The Protector

Sam has been  exhibiting some of the most perfect examples of The Defender behavior I’ve seen, this season. Since the losses of all the people they care about, Sam has decided to become focused on what he thinks he can control. Rather than focus on grieving, because that’s how introverts handle their emotions, he has decided to pour all  his attention into a goal he thinks is useful and important, namely, raising Jack.

 

The Defender personality type is quite unique, as many of their qualities defy the definition of their individual traits. Though sensitive, Defenders have excellent analytical abilities; though reserved, they have well-developed people skills and robust social relationships; and though they are generally a conservative type, Defenders are often receptive to change and new ideas. As with so many things, people with the Defender personality type are more than the sum of their parts, and it is the way they use these strengths that defines who they are.

Sam often keeps himself to himself, and would prefer to stay in the bunker doing research, than partying and drinking. Sam is often the diplomatic one, or the mediator, in his relationships, often intervening when Dean is being just a little to iracsible, or impatient, to  talk to others. Right now Sam is the mediator between Jack and Dean, and prefers to bargain, or compromise, rather than use force. Sam doesn’t have a problem accepting change, or new ideas, often adapting his behavior to whatever the present situation requires.

Defender personalities (especially Turbulent ones) are often meticulous to the point of perfectionism, and though they procrastinate, they can always be relied on to get the job done on time. Defenders take their responsibilities personally, consistently going above and beyond, doing everything they can to exceed expectations and delight others, at work and at home.

Sam handles a hunt differently than Dean, who often simply wings it based on his feelings, and whatever the immediate circumstances. Sam is often carefully prepared  before going into a hunt and is methodical and careful in his actions. He does not like to make mistakes, and takes care that he’ll make as few as possible. Dean often relies on Sam to take care of hthe smaller details, and do the research, when the two of them hunt together. 

 

We Must Be Seen to Be Believed

The challenge for Defenders is ensuring that what they do is noticed. They have a tendency to underplay their accomplishments, and while their kindness is often respected, more cynical and selfish people are likely to take advantage of Defenders’ dedication and humbleness by pushing work onto them and then taking the credit. Defenders need to know when to say no and stand up for themselves if they are to maintain their confidence and enthusiasm.

We’ve seen over the years how Sam constantly underplays his own accomplishments, never refering to the Winchesters as superheroes, or other grandiose terms. From time to time, he does let Dean know that he needs to show appreciation and sensitivity, something which Dean has learned to do, if he expects Sam to put forth his best efforts.

Naturally social, an odd quality for Introverts, Defenders utilize excellent memories not to retain data and trivia, but to remember people, and details about their lives. When it comes to gift-giving, Defenders have no equal, using their imagination and natural sensitivity to express their generosity in ways that touch the hearts of their recipients. While this is certainly true of their coworkers, whom people with the Defender personality type often consider their personal friends, it is in family that their expressions of affection fully bloom.

 

If I Can Protect You, I Will

Defender personalities are a wonderful group, rarely sitting idle while a worthy cause remains unfinished. Defenders’ ability to connect with others on an intimate level is unrivaled among Introverts, and the joy they experience in using those connections to maintain a supportive, happy family is a gift for everyone involved. They may never be truly comfortable in the spotlight, and may feel guilty taking due credit for team efforts, but if they can ensure that their efforts are recognized, Defenders are likely to feel a level of satisfaction in what they do that many other personality types can only dream of.

The Protector is something normally said about Dean, but this also applies to Sam, just in a different way, and we can see it in his behavior towards Jack this season. He is sensitive to, and the protector of, Jack’s feelings,  often working as the intermediary between Dean and Jack, and arguing that Jack needs to be taught, and cared for. In other words Sam is arguing that Jack be treated like family, and be taught Winchester values.

We can see this in his sensitivity to Jack’s feelings, when he goes to Jack, and apologises for allowing Jack to believe he only cares about what Jack can do for him. This is important in cementing his relationship with Jack. This is the care and respect for people’s feelings that we can see on display with Dean, wth Sam trying  his best to bring Dean out of his depression by engaging in all his favorite activities with him. This is how Sam treats family.

For more reading:

https://www.16personalities.com/isfj-strengths-and-weaknesses

 

Dean: ESTP

The Entrepeneur

Dean is a much louder personality than Sam. He is bold in his actions. and extreme in his emotions. Dean does not do well with emotional pain. His emotions are so loud that everybody knows what he’s feeling, at any given moment. but his methods of coping  are very different from Sam’s. Rather than epxress his emotions in a healthy way, he prefers to hide and suppress them, often drinking, or trying to work his way through a loss.

Entrepreneurs are the likeliest personality type to make a lifestyle of risky behavior. They live in the moment and dive into the action – they are the eye of the storm. People with the Entrepreneur personality type enjoy drama, passion, and pleasure, not for emotional thrills, but because it’s so stimulating to their logical minds. They are forced to make critical decisions based on factual, immediate reality in a process of rapid-fire rational stimulus response.

This makes school and other highly organized environments a challenge for Entrepreneurs. It certainly isn’t because they aren’t smart, and they can do well, but the regimented, lecturing approach of formal education is just so far from the hands-on learning that Entrepreneurs enjoy. It takes a great deal of maturity to see this process as a necessary means to an end, something that creates more exciting opportunities.

Hunting is the perfect job for Dean and he seems little suited for anything else. Dean is infinitely adaptable to the  circumstances of his chosen career, often coming up with smart and witty solutions on the fly. Dean did not do well in school, not because he wasn’t smart, but because he chafed at the regimented rule-following,  was easily bored. Paradoxically, Sam fit right in. Dean is perfectly capable of doing his own research, but books bore him. He’s a hands on type of guy, who prefers to get out there, get moving, and as he stated in the last episode, get his hands dirty.

Also challenging is that to Entrepreneurs, it makes more sense to use their own moral compass than someone else’s. Rules were made to be broken. This is a sentiment few high school instructors or corporate supervisors are likely to share, and can earn Entrepreneur personalities a certain reputation. But if they minimize the trouble-making, harness their energy, and focus through the boring stuff, Entrepreneurs are a force to be reckoned with.

Dean definitely has his own unshakeable moral code, and he follows that code, no matter how many rules will be broken. This can often make him rigid and inforgiving to others who break this code, as we’ve seen on a number of occasions, when Sam’s beliefs led him down roads Dean believes he should never have chosen.

 

Most People Don’t Listen Well Enough

With perhaps the most perceptive, unfiltered view of any type, Entrepreneurs have a unique skill in noticing small changes. Whether a shift in facial expression, a new clothing style, or a broken habit, people with this personality type pick up on hidden thoughts and motives where most types would be lucky to pick up anything specific at all. Entrepreneurs use these observations immediately, calling out the change and asking questions, often with little regard for sensitivity. Entrepreneurs should remember that not everyone wants their secrets and decisions broadcast.

If Entrepreneurs aren’t careful though, they may get too caught in the moment, take things too far, and run roughshod over more sensitive people, or forget to take care of their own health and safety. Making up only four percent of the population, there are just enough Entrepreneurs out there to keep things spicy and competitive, and not so many as to cause a systemic risk.

We often see this with Dean, as he is a highly emnotional person, often reacting to things in the moment. He tends to bottle his emotions up,  and would rather risk his health by getting himself into situations that are too dangerous for him to handle. In the midst of an emotional crisis, he has a tendency to be impulsve, such as when he accepted The Mark of Cain. He’s shown a tendency to run over Sam’s feelings regarding many issues, but over the years we’ve seen him grow, and  mature, learning to temper this habit, and  becoming more sensitive to how Sam thinks and feels.

Entrepreneurs are full of passion and energy, complemented by a rational, if sometimes distracted, mind. Inspiring, convincing and colorful, they are natural group leaders, pulling everyone along the path less traveled, bringing life and excitement everywhere they go. Putting these qualities to a constructive and rewarding end is Entrepreneurs’ true challenge.

Living with Dean has never been boring for Sam, and its a good thing Dean is the firstborn, as had the situation been reversed, the two of them might not have gotten along as personalities, at all. The elder brother- younger brother dynamic, has actually helped  to sort out how their relationship has evolved, although Dean is still impatient whenever Sam tries to take care of him, instead of the other way around. In Dean’s mind, it’s his job to take care of Sam,  and as we saw in the last episode, Dean doesn’t like the switch in circumstances.

https://www.16personalities.com/estp-strengths-and-weaknesses

 

*The way I determined what personality type each character was, was by just pretending to think like Sam or Dean. What would they do based on what I’ve seen them doing, and how they’ve behaved towards each other in past episodes. This is entirely based on my personal views of them, of course, so based on your idea of what type pf person Sam is, you may get a different result, but Sam is definitely one of the introvert personality types, while Dean is definitley one of the extroverted ones.

There are several of these personality  quizzes on Google, specifically for these characters, and they may have come up with dfferent results than me, but I stand by my  thinking that this is just as valid as any of the other personality assessments I’ve seen.

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2 thoughts on “Sam and Dean According to Myers Briggs

  1. Sam as isfj – you’re the only one who’s said it as far as I know, but I think you nailed it. He’s definitely a feeler, but I’ve never seen any real evidence that he’s using NiFe- at least not like I do.

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