Maverick: Bret Maverick [ESTP 9w8]

Functional Order: Se-Ti-Fe-Ni

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Bret has an eye for opportunity and a keen sense of external awareness; in his professional role as a gambler, he notices when others are hiding cards, cheating, or intending to “draw” on him. He takes risky chances to turn a profit, including misleading townsfolk, pulling off a bank robbery (for a higher cause), digging himself out of jail after switching out the gold bars buried under it for sand, rallying people around a corrupt mine baron, and shooting out of a moving stagecoach to protect their precious cargo. He can be somewhat impulsive and impetuous, talking his brother into co-purchasing a ship sight unseen, out of a sense that “someone else wants it… why?” But he has little concern about his future or interest in settling down; he lives moment to moment, big haul to next problem, and is somewhat of a poor judge of female character—Bret is often sucked into making emotional decisions by beautiful women.

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

He will often do something or agree to something, just to figure out the motivations behind it. If he cannot discern why something is happening, Brett will stick around until he does. He has a strongly rational side, such as when he advises others to caution in the defense of their town, because to do otherwise would cause a bloodbath. It’s hard to cheat him, because he knows all the tricks. When thrown into a jury trial, Bret convinces the others to suspend their judgment of the accused and accept a “reasonable doubt” verdict by pointing out the logical holes in the prosecution’s story. He has a strong and healthy tert-Fe – Bret has a few moral lines he will and will not cross, he can often come to others’ defense without being asked if he sees them being bullied, he is good at rallying a crowd of miners to band together for the greater good (using “we-talk”), and at soothing over ruffled feathers.

Enneagram: 9w8 self-preservation

Bret just wants to be left alone to play cards. He doesn’t see the point in unnecessary conflict, and at one point, a problematic cowboy calls him “almost impossible to get a reaction out of.” Bret remains calm, steadfast, and unruffled in just about any situation; detached and quiet, he observes far more than he participates, and even after an intense situation, he quickly returns to his usual ‘comfort’ position of dealing out a deck of cards. He’s mild-mannered but firm, somewhat stubborn in his refusal to cause arguments, and often volunteers to mediate between angry people. But on occasion, something sets off his 8 wing – like social injustice, people being bullied, or pure cowardice. He tells people off, he uses his gun to settle problems, and he will occasionally punch someone in the face.

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