Functional Order: Se-Ti-Fe-Ni
Dean is an opportunist used to leaping in and out of trouble, whether that includes ramming a monster with his car or having a one night stand with a hot waitress. He tells Sam that he only believes in “what I can see,” and often shoots down his brother’s more radical, intuitive leaps in logic for practical, hands-on solutions. He is quick to think and react on his feet, using whatever is at hand to fight with (grabbing chairs, throwing knives, firing off guns at close range, hurling himself over fences, snatching up a can of bug spray and a lighter, etc). Dean can be so present-focused (solve the problem, get out alive, move on) that he fails to see the big picture, unlike Sam, who makes choices based in a more logical place. Dean wants to trade the Winchester for their father’s life, but Sam remembers it has a limited number of bullets, and Dad would “be pissed if we wasted them.” He wants, instead, to save it for the Yellow Eyed Demon—the one they have been hunting since childhood (the big picture). Dean is creative in how he gets away with things and not always moral in his approach – he uses fraudulent credit cards, fake governmental IDs, and lies and manipulates his way through most situations. He also never wants to give up on the Impala, and faithfully works on her even after she is wrecked several times, building her back up from the engine to the exterior. Dean believes in quick fixes; blast them with rock salt, burn their bones, then call it a night and get back on the road. His logic is blunt, brutal, and facts-driven: if we can’t stop them from haunting this place, we’ll burn it down and then at least no one will ever get hurt here again. Dean can sometimes be callous and willing to make the “right” call, even if it is hurtful in some way; after his dad’s death, Sam accuses him of looping – not caring whom he hurts in his pursuit of “monsters,” and taking pleasure in ending them. Dean can be charming, persuasive, and simply flatter a girl in the hopes of getting her into bed, and is somewhat shocked when these tactics do not always work. He’s also more emotional than he lets on. Dean carries around the guilt of allowing Sam to be hurt by a monster as a child (because he “got bored” and left to play an arcade game) for decades, because his father was so disappointed in him, and that scarred him deeply. In some cases, Dean empathizes with a child, especially if they have something in common (they are the older brothers who have to “protect” the younger ones), and that makes him more open to an emotional exchange, but he hides his feelings beneath layers of bluntness and cynicism. He talks about how he’d never want “that life… of a house and a white picket fence; I’d kill myself,” but in reality, he makes decisions based on whether or not it keeps those he cares about safe. It’s not safe for him to stay, so he never does. Dean isn’t very good at theorizing on the fly, but does show occasional probing insights, especially into Sam’s motivations. He can be single-minded when he wants to be, such as in pursuit of saving his brother from hell, and is more realistic in his recognition of the future than Sam (there is no end to hunting; they will never be out of monsters, this is their future).
Enneagram: 8w7 sp/so
Dean does not do “feelings.” He does not do “mushy stuff.” In fact, he mocks Sam a bit for being the person people can talk to about their feelings. Dean believes in taking what he wants, whenever he has the chance to grab it – sex with a beautiful stranger (it’s just one night), booze, etc. He’s not afraid of anyone or anything, and even when tied up and threatened with death, is still insulting the people who are doing this to him. Dean will intentionally try and pull abuse toward himself, to save his brother or innocent bystanders from it. He minimizes all his own emotional needs, his aches, and pains. He’s assertive and combative, but also confident in how he handles people. He just assumes his plan (which is to get in there and try something) is going to work. His 7 wing loathes thinking about sad things. Dean avoids his mother’s grave and his childhood house. He doesn’t like to remember his failures. He acts out to distract himself from pain, choosing activity, adventure, sex, or alcohol as a distraction.