MBTI Type: ESTP
Simon is a somewhat headstrong, reckless man who prefers ‘temporary schemes’ to maintaining a daily practice of diligent hard work. When he finds himself in trouble over mounting taxes, Simon goes out to fish in the middle of the night on the Sabbath (forbidden by their temple law and the Roman authorities, since the Romans cannot tax their catch); when the Romans catch him, he convinces them to let him off the hook by turning in fellow Sabbath merchant fisherman. Simon is quick to leap in and protect Andrew, when Andrew has not enough to cover his debts, by insisting he is under the ‘same agreement,’ much to Andrew’s horror. To earn extra money, Simon fights in the street. He can think up a clever and logical solution to every problem… but most of them aren’t exactly moral. To get himself out of a fix with the Romans, Simon is willing to turn over fellow Jews breaking the law. It’s only after Andrew shows repugnance for this behavior (“They are our people!”) that his lower Fe starts feeling guilty about it, and looks for ways to get himself out of the mess he has caused. Simon can be both warm and affirming to his wife, and prone to excessive excuses as to why nothing is ever his fault, why now is a bad time to have her sick mother in his house, etc. He believes he can think his way out of everything and if that fails, he can talk himself out of problems… with the typical over-confidence of a tert-Fe user. Of course, this doesn’t always work out as he planned. His Ni is low. He doesn’t think much past the present moment, and does not believe in this ‘new Messiah’ until he witnesses an actual miracle that gets him out of a scrape! He also does not understand why Jesus chooses the disciples he does or see the potential in Matthew (“You don’t want him; you don’t know him…”) that Jesus does.
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Simon is blunt, confrontational, and assumes he needs to be the boss. Even after he has become a follower of Jesus, he is angling for a position of respect and responsibility, by trying to convince Jesus to give him authority over the other followers. He also sees no reason to “keep the peace” about his feelings for and about Matthew, and confronts him on several occasions about what he is doing wrong, and about his resentment for him having been a “traitor” when he served as a tax collector under the Roman authorities. It’s hard for Simon to be sensitive or considerate of others, and Jesus tells him that he could “stand to be a little nicer sometimes. He doesn’t want to take care of his mother-in-law, so he protests against it, insisting he doesn’t have the time, and then when his brothers-in-law criticize him, Simon asks them if they want to ‘take this outside.’ Whenever anyone threatens Jesus, Simon is there, ready to defend him, arms crossed, and asking if there is a “problem. He also has a strong 7 wing. Simon at first shirks his responsibilities, tries to con his way out of paying his taxes, and refuses to take responsibility for any of his actions. When his wife confronts him about fishing on the Sabbath, Simon justifies it as being necessary. When Andrew objects to him considering turning fellow Jews over to the Romans, Simon insists he is doing it for a good cause, to keep his family safe. It’s all part of his inability to admit to his own sinful nature and selfishness, and he is ‘revising’ things in his head, to cast himself in a better light. But when the time comes to betray his fishermen friends, Simon feels a twinge of guilt and cannot do it. He’s ready to face his responsibilities and take the punishment.