Functional Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)
Scott is a witty and innovative businessman, who designs the “Do It All Dolly.” He has a sarcastic or witty comment for every occasion, ranging from his backhanded insults against Neil (“his head comes to a point”) to his cracks at their business dinner (“… his family isn’t here, that’s why his secretary is sitting in his lap!”). He naively assumes he can whip up a splendid Christmas dinner in under four hours, cranks the heat up on the turkey, and turns it into a kitchen bonfire. When they get to Denny’s, he tries to get Charlie excited about the food. Though skeptical of the whole Santa thing, Scott tries to connect things to explain his radical dream (“Judy was the name of our waitress last night, right?”). Once he becomes Santa, Scott’s personality shifts and he becomes more whimsical, magically-minded, and idealistic—providing old-fashioned toys and games for the Christmas party at the school to get the adults to play together and have fun, treating his future wife to hot chocolate, a sleigh ride, and snow following them around the block, etc. He is cynical, sarcastic, and often insulting… even as Santa. Scott tries to cover up all his insults, when they hurt people’s feelings, with humor, but really, he’s just rather oblivious to other people’s emotional needs until it is too late. He fights with his wife in front of their kid, causing Charlie to ask why they have to argue all the time. He mocks Neil in front of the school principle, and breaks into a sweat when kids interrogate him in school about being Santa. Scott will share his true opinion, which is often biting, and then when his son feels upset about it, will turn around and try to smooth things over through compliance. He grows significantly into tert-Fe development over the course of the first and second movie, where he becomes far more attentive to others’ needs (as their Santa), can be consoling, reassuring, and understanding of their needs, and also tries to instill a sense of responsibility in Charlie. He shows a severe lack of Si in his total obliviousness to details (he calls Bernard several different names when they first meet), but also his desire to hold onto his family, his ability to tap into other people’s nostalgia and provide them gifts from their childhood, and his fear that he may go the way of the “other” Santa and fall off the roof. The more he becomes Santa, the more traditionally minded he is (objecting to new ideas that invalidate old North Pole traditions, such as Santa being depicted as riding in a tank).
Enneagram: 7w8 sp/so
Scott tries to make the best out of most situations—keeping things fun and light for his son, but quickly losing interest in actively taking care of his needs (he will make jokes over dinner and wittily remark on everything, but then lose interest in The Night Before Christmas and skip to the end so he can go do something else). He can be rather self-centered and easily bored at first, but as time goes on, Scott becomes more and more invested in making things fun for other people. Bringing joy to their Christmas, rather than just grousing about whatever he doesn’t like. He can aggressively argue about the things that he doesn’t like (ranging from the Tommy Total Tank to his frequent brawls with his ex-wife over how to raise their kid, and her new husband, Neil). He starts out grouchy and becomes more good-natured, forgiving, and fun as he sinks deeper and deeper into his Santa persona—and is all about bringing fun, delight, and joy to the holidays.