MBTI Type: ISTJ
Susan is nothing if not practical (“I’m limiting my intake of sugar”). Bryan’s arguments for seeing Santa fall upon deaf ears, because she has proof stemming from her past that invalidates his arguments (“I didn’t see him last year, and I still got everything I asked my mother for”). She approaches life with a bank of information she has learned through her own experience (“Is it [the same Santa] as last year?” “There’s nothing to see [after the parade is over] except guys cleaning up horse poop”) and through her extensive reading. When questioning Santa’s existence, she goes to others for their personal experience (“Did you believe in Santa?”) and the fact that others believe in him makes her want to consider it as a legitimate option. She is decisive and logical, not interested in nonsense, and with a plan she takes to Kris Kringle: here are the things that I want, and if you can get them for me, then you are Santa; if not, you aren’t. Her arguments all have factual – or at least practical – reasons behind them (“If Santa can make reindeer fly, and go all around the world to every house on a single night, then he can get me a brother, and a house, and a dad”). She is not one for compromises, nor does she go out of her way to please others; she merely states the facts (“the vegetables are catered; so’s desert”; “Nine months … more if the baby is late, less if it’s a preemie”). Her emotions do not often come out to play, but she has very strong desires that influence many of her wishes to Santa – she wants a little brother and a dad … specifically, Bryan. She also wants to make her own decision, free of outside influences; to have the right to believe in Santa or not, according to her own self and no one else. Under all her sensibility, Susan really does want to believe in things greater than herself. She senses the romantic tension between Byran and her mother, whether or not they acknowledge it (“He loves you … and he wants to kiss you…”). Her wishes are big ones, and not merely for herself, but also for her mother’s benefit.
Enneagram: 1w2 sp/so
Susan wants her beliefs to be “right.” She consults with her mother to find out if it’s okay to believe in Santa and ask Kris questions. She has strong opinions and isn’t afraid to voice them, even if they are subtly critical (her comments about the vegetables being catered). Susan often focuses with a sigh on people’s behavior (rolling her eyes at their silliness, talking about the drunk Santa Clause, etc). Her argument to her mother about needing to consider whether Kris is the real Santa or not hinges on good behavior – “If he is, and we don’t believe him, that would be extremely rude!” She often “interferes” with her mother and Bryan, assuming she’s doing the right thing in helping them out; she can be warm, forgiving of other’s mistakes, friendly, and even mischievous.