Functional Order: Fe-Ni-Se-Ti
Judging Functional Axis:
Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)
Mike wastes no time, upon finding El, in taking her into his house, offering her dry clothes, reassuring her with kind words, ensuring she does not strip in public, and in comforting and accommodating her; their first day together, he tries to put her at ease by explaining everything in his room and entertaining her with his toys. He enjoys being the unofficial leader among his friends, but also sometimes tries to ‘control’ the group dynamics (such as dictating to Dustin who can and cannot wear certain Ghostbusters costumes). His emotions are up front and center; he talks through his feelings with his friends, he berates and screams at Hopper for keeping El’s survival a secret from him, and he becomes increasingly irritable and snappish under stress, or when others refuse to listen to him. Mike tries to reach out to Will and connect with him on an emotional level when his friend becomes a vehicle for the Demigorgon. Mike’s inferior Ti shows in his willingness to leap to intuitive conclusions (and trust them) without outside influence, and his lack of ability to detach from and analyze his own feelings. In season two, he becomes more socially withdrawn and brooding, critical of his friends, and unwilling to accept Max into the group (he fails to analyze enough to see that Max isn’t replacing El, nor should he react with hostility, because her inclusion in the group is no different than when he brought in El).
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)
Mike draws intuitive conclusions literally out of nothingness; all El has to do is stare at a portrait of Will, and touch him, and Mike leaps to the conclusion that she not only knows where Will is, but he’s also in danger! He trusts her instinctively, and interprets a lot of what she implies for his friends (she’s in peril, they need to protect her, she’s involved in this, etc). When they drag a realistic body from the lake, in the face of all odds, Mike denies that it’s Will and continues to stubbornly search for him; he believes Will is a “spy” for their enemy. He translates things into personal symbols and sometimes shares them (right off, he tied Will ‘sacrificing himself for his friends’ in the Dungeons and Dragons game to going missing real life). Mike is prone to instant action and activity; he becomes agitated when the search for his friend stalls and insists “we shouldn’t be sitting here, we should be DOING SOMETHING!!” He’s willing to leap off a cliff if necessary to protect his friends, and occasionally resorts to physical violence (pounding on Hopper’s chest and hysterically crying when he finds out El is alive).
Mike comes alive when his friends need him – he chose Will as a best friend at school because they were both alone, and he saw an approachable kid who needed a friend; he quickly latches on to El and becomes super “helpful,” telling her what is socially appropriate (dress in the other room!), inviting her to stay in his basement, even promising her that his mom might adopt her, “or something.” When Will has an “episode” at Halloween, Mike drops everything to take him home and take care of him. His 1 wing shows fiercely in the values he instills in El (“Friends don’t lie”), along with how his anger is all derived from righteousness. Under stress, he disintegrates into 8 and becomes aggressive, demanding, confrontational, and unconcerned with keeping the peace.