Functional Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe
Judging Functional Axis:
Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)
Sam “wastes a lot of time” trying to understand the monsters from the inside-out: what motivates them, what drove them to make this decision, and what their broader intention is, whereas Dean just wants to “end them” and get back on the road. Sam is always picking things apart, even his brother’s assertions that all Sam did was “cause trouble with dad,” because Sam and he did not see eye to eye on… anything. Though Dean calls Sam the more “emotional one,” it’s Dean who makes emotional decisions, and not Sam. Even though they have spent months searching for their father, Sam recognizes that he is “safer” out of their life than in it, and how they drew danger to him, and almost got him killed, so he puts aside his personal feelings (wanting “answers”) and suggests Dad stay away from them. When Dean wants to use the Winchester to save their father’s life, Sam reminds him that’s not its purpose, and they need to save the bullets for the Yellow Eyed Demon. Sam shows frequent concern, in the first two seasons, about Dean’s inability to remain emotionally detached when it comes to Sam; he believes if Dean ever needed to kill him for the greater good, he would not be able to do it. Sam can put on a tender, emotional side, and appeal to people. He often finds Dean’s approach too “brutish,” or rude. He wants to take his time with people, win them over, and help them process information rather than just throw it at them. Sam can be petty, emotionally reactive, and manipulative under stress. He openly shares his feelings about Jessica, and their mother’s death, and doesn’t understand why Dean cannot do the same. Sam can “fake” things, especially if his brother sets him up, but is also awkward in doing it.
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)
Sam operates very much out of his intuition, which means he often conflicts with his brother, who doesn’t see the point in believing in unseen connections. In the pilot episode, Sam quickly figures out that the Lady in White is afraid of “going home,” and to save his own life, he drives the Impala directly into the ruins of her old house. When theorizing on how to save his brother on Route 66, he gambles with Dean’s life by sending him to the ruins of an old church, where he “hopes” he will be safe, and it will vanquish the ghost. On several occasions, Sam is not ready to leave a case, because it doesn’t “add up,” or he feels there is “something missing.” As he pursues the Yellowed Eyed Demon and finds out more about his childhood, Sam theorizes that the demon has done something to all the kids whose mothers he burned up, and that he has some “greater plan” in mind for them. His Introverted Sensing shows in his initial choice of a career (he wanted a “normal life” with a white picket fence and a wife, and to be a lawyer), and his inability to move on from the past. Sam tells a girl who is romantically interested in him that losing Jessica hurt him so much, he “can’t go through that pain again.” He assumes it’s going to happen again, and he assumes based on the evidence around him (his fellow demon-preyed upon children going “bad”) that he will follow in their footsteps. Sam remembers the past differently from Dean, showing a tendency to subjectively interpret it through his own experiences. He is meticulous, and detailed in the tremendous amounts of research he does, before he attempts to handle any monsters.
Enneagram: 5w4 social
Sam is the embodiment of a 5: he spends all his free time in the library reading everything he can get his hands on, not only about monsters, but whatever else he happens to stumble across at the same time. He is far more rational, and detached, than Dean, which comes from the 5’s natural objectivity when it comes to making decisions. He prefers to live a life of logic and careful preparation, more than recklessness, though becomes more hedonistic and impulsive under stress (shifting into 7 disintegration). His 4 wing is incredibly “emo.” He cannot move past losing Jessica for a long time, instead dwelling on it, and bemoaning his role in it, how he failed to protect her, how he should have told her the truth, how it’s his fault she’s dead. He is often emotional and demonstrative about it, wanting to talk about the painful things they have shared (Dean, being an 8, wants no part of it). He conceals many things from even those close to him, not “telling them everything,” but also feels obligated to help people.