MBTI Type: ESTJ
Irving moved out of the big city to Sleepy Hollow to have a “slower life” in which he could spend more time with his family, but so far he seems to be working just as hard—his wife accuses him of being such a workaholic, he never has time to spend with his daughter. He argues that in serving and protecting the public, he is doing what’s best for them all. Irving sees that as his responsibility, and is a competent and effective commander for their police division. When he sees Ichabod has the potential to help Abbie solve crimes, he allows them to work together, carves out a special niche for them in the crimes division, and helps them come up with good cover stories. He wants to do the most rational thing in every situation, even if it’s hard. Irving doesn’t easily believe in things without seeing them first, but the more he immerses himself in the weird goings-on around Sleepy Hollow, the more he is willing to believe the fantastical explanations that Ichabod comes up with, pertaining to being “Witnesses,” the apocalypse, dealing with the Headless Horseman, etc. Irving sees the sense in wielding a weapon that steals your soul if you use it to kill an immortal, because as he says, he already has lost his soul. He is also first and foremost a family man; when he comes back from the dead, even though he is not fully himself, his first focus is on ensuring the safety of his wife and daughter. Irving doesn’t go out on a limb easily, but he will do so if it serves a purpose and resolves a problem. He also suffers from some inferior Fi issues – although he deeply loves his wife and child, he finds it hard to tell them that to their faces, or to express his affections in meaningful ways. He has neglected his marriage and allowed it to die, by not being emotionally available in a way his wife understands. But he is also unwilling to let his daughter be taken over by a demonic force—and seeks a solution that will save her life, while also not risking anyone else.
Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp
Irving is no-nonsense, opinionated, expects others to do their job without complaints or excuses, and sure of himself. He doesn’t like it when his cops go off the grid or break the rules, and he doesn’t want to suck anyone else into his problems. When he’s under investigation for murder, Irving insists on doing everything himself, knowing it could get Jenny thrown into prison. He also takes the blame for the murders committed by the demon that possessed his daughter, because he knows no one would believe him, and might accuse her of them. When his wife accuses him of working too much, Irving reminds her of his great need to protect and serve, arguing there are people out there who need him. His need to be there for his family drives him to ask, even when under demonic influence, where his wife and daughter are being kept.