MBTI Type: ENFJ
Mike wastes no time, upon finding El, in taking her into his house, offering her dry clothes, reassuring her with kind words, ensuring she does not strip in public, and in comforting and accommodating her; their first day together, he tries to put her at ease by explaining everything in his room and entertaining her with his toys. He enjoys being the unofficial leader among his friends, but also sometimes tries to ‘control’ the group dynamics (such as dictating to Dustin who can and cannot wear certain Ghostbusters costumes). His emotions are up front and center; he talks through his feelings with his friends, he berates and screams at Hopper for keeping El’s survival a secret from him, and he becomes increasingly irritable and snappish under stress, or when others refuse to listen to him. Mike tries to reach out to Will and connect with him on an emotional level when his friend becomes a vehicle for the Demigorgon. Mike’s inferior Ti shows in his willingness to leap to intuitive conclusions (and trust them) without outside influence, and his lack of ability to detach from and analyze his own feelings. Mike draws intuitive conclusions literally out of nothingness; all El has to do is stare at a portrait of Will, and touch him, and Mike leaps to the conclusion that she not only knows where Will is, but he’s also in danger! He trusts her instinctively, and interprets a lot of what she implies for his friends (she’s in peril, they need to protect her, she’s involved in this, etc). When they drag a realistic body from the lake, in the face of all odds, Mike denies that it’s Will and continues to stubbornly search for him; he believes Will is a “spy” for their enemy. He translates things into personal symbols and sometimes shares them (right off, he tied Will ‘sacrificing himself for his friends’ in the Dungeons and Dragons game to going missing real life). Mike is prone to instant action and activity; he becomes agitated when the search for his friend stalls and insists “we shouldn’t be sitting here, we should be DOING SOMETHING!!” He’s willing to leap off a cliff if necessary to protect his friends, and occasionally resorts to physical violence (pounding on Hopper’s chest and hysterically crying when he finds out El is alive). In season two, he becomes more socially withdrawn and brooding, critical of his friends, and unwilling to accept Max into the group (he fails to analyze enough to see that Max isn’t replacing El, nor should he react with hostility, because her inclusion in the group is no different than when he brought in El).
Enneagram: 6w7 so/sx
Initially, I thought Mike was a 2 and typed him as such, but in my re-watching having since learned more about the various types, I see a lot of 6w7 “reactivity” in him. Being a reactive type is all about the sharing of raw emotions, and wanting people to respond in a similar way—for a 6, the need to convince people to agree with you, and we see this a lot in his constant clashes with Lucas, his “best friend” and a 6w5. Both of them differ on their opinion of El in the first season; Lucas is reactive and suspicious of her and her intentions, blaming her for everything and thinking she’s working against them, and Mike, because he’s attracted to El, is angrily reactive against Lucas for not accepting her, giving her a second chance, and thinking the best of her, as he tends to do—but he can also pivot on a dime, and be reactive against her when she hurts Lucas (angrily accusing her of being mean to Lucas, of misleading them, and of taking them to the quarry to find Will’s body – “Why did you do that??”). The reactivity continues into later seasons, with him being angry about the group accepting Max and refusing to have anything to do with her (he sees them as replacing El), with him defying Hopper and beating on him/screaming at him, etc. Mike moves back and forth between angst, paranoia, and being a generous and loving boy. He is fearful, but protective; welcoming but aloof; ping-ponging back and forth between his need to care for everyone (especially those weaker than himself) and defy adults, yet he always turns to them. Initially when he finds El, he wants her to go to his mom, trusting her (an authority) to handle it. Then he becomes nervous about her being in danger, and insists they avoid authority. His 7 wing can never quite leave him alone in negativity—he wants to believe the best in El, he wants to have fun, he takes great enjoyment out of being the head of the group, but he can also be self-absorbed at times, pushing away his friends’ needs out of a desire to vanish into El’s company as he gets older (trading his friend group for a girlfriend). But Mike can be somewhat pushy in a social 6 way, in that he wants others to agree with his opinions, and is rather intolerant when they don’t (as seen when he refuses to accept Max, and is upset that the others are doing their own thing). He also finds it hard to make up with Lucas when they differ on anything, since both of them stubbornly don’t want to be the first person to admit they were wrong. As the threat level increases, Mike becomes more and more concerned with personal safety and loyalty to his friends, wanting to ensure nothing bad happens to any of them, but also finding it hard to let go of them. He flip-flops between thinking Will is dead and being mad at El for leading him to believe otherwise, and then immediately embracing the idea that he’s alive and they can find and rescue him (positive thinking).