MBTI Type: ISFP
Dwight approaches life according to his internal sense of right and wrong. Though Caroline tries to wrangle the truth of his secret patient’s identity out of him, Dwight remains closed-lipped about George’s treatments. He considers the older practices for insanity barbaric and intends to write a medical paper against them. He often doesn’t charge his patients for his services, out of compassion for their inability to pay him, and as such, lives in relative poverty. When Caroline offers him a better life in Bath, Dwight is reluctant at the idea, because he finds the notion of serving higher income people, rather than the poor who need his assistance, distasteful. He doesn’t explain his own actions in depth, leading others to read between the lines or guess at his motivations. He is an excellent physician, due to his detachment and observational skills. Dwight is interested in new methods of healing, and unafraid to try them for himself. He studies, but also engages physically. He tends to take things on an individual basis, without preconceptions. Dwight can be impulsive; he falls in love with another man’s wife after short acquaintance, he risks his own reputation and standing (not to mention near imprisonment) to prevent Ross from being caught on the beach, and then, on impulse, after Caroline abandons him, jumps into Naval service. He routinely advises Ross against premature actions, but then always helps him out — sneaking into prisons and risking his own capture in the process to help prisoners escape. Dwight isn’t sure he wants a future serving rich women, away from the patients who most need him. He instinctively knows Ross is being set up when he sees strange men leaving his rooms, and he knows his wife’s horse being spooked in the park was not an accident. He has a tremendous amount of impersonal knowledge, and can be brutally blunt. When Ross wants to risk it all to save “the man who saved my life,” Dwight points out this man pulled him off the battlefield, dumped him on a table, and left “someone else to do the rest.” When called into court to testify, Dwight goes off medical expertise alone, stating his opinion the man on trial is insane and ought to be put into a mental hospital rather than held responsible for his actions. (It is what he believes, and he trusts it to get him a more lenient sentence.)
Enneagram: 6w5 sp/sx
Dwight is a logical, methodical man who seeks security, but is not above taking risks to protect the people he cares about. He often warns Ross to be careful, to make less impulsive decisions, and to consider the potential negative ramifications of his actions on his family (such as when Ross wants to put a mortgage on his house, in order to bail out another man’s mine and purchase it at a high cost, to keep the locals employed). Dwight wants to take calculated risks, but can sometimes prove impulsive and erratic, when he acts out under stress (shifting into 3 disintegration, being decisive, and not always choosing the safest or most reliable course — he often risks his life and reputation to rescue people or break them out of jail). His 5 wing strives for detachment and objectivity and doesn’t allow his feelings to cloud his judgment. He also trusts books for his knowledge and becomes more self-reliant when making decisions.