MBTI: Jaime Lannister- ESTP
Spoilers! You’ve been warned!
A sick twist on Prince Charming, Jaime Lannister goes in and out of being villainous and heroic. We start off hating him but slowly we start to see the more human side of him.
It’s not that far from how an ESTP could be seen in reality. The ultimate jock, for some it takes a bit getting used to before they can actually see this type for more than just the loud-mouthed jock.
Let us continue!
Jaime’s first function is Se. We’ve talked about Se and how it allows the user to be completely in the moment and Jaime certainly uses this heavily as he’s known to be one of (if not the) greatest sword fighter most have ever met.
But another major way to see Jaime’s use of Se is his clothing and status. While the clothing and armor he wears is a part of the Kingsguard, much of his desire for the position seems to be status. Not because of the way others see him as much as it is how he sees himself in the position. Powerful, and free to move around. Not stuck to the iron throne, listening to peasants complain all day.
ESTPs are known for their love of status and material perhaps more than any other type aside from a couple others. You’ll notice that any person with Se in their top two functions will always pay special attention to the way they dress, even if they choose to dress like a hobo. Whatever look they’re going for, they perfect it in private. And Jaime likes looking like a prestigious warrior, which he is.
In A Game of Thrones, Jon Snow’s thoughts on him are exactly how Jaime would want people to see him- Jon found it hard to look away from him. “This is what a king should look like,” he thought to himself.
But Jaime’s Se is backed by Ti, which is what allows him and other ESTPs to be such good improvisors and quick with the tongue. ESTPs pride themselves are working in the moment and doing it to the best of their ability. The first two seasons we see a self-assured “scoundrel” that doesn’t seem to shut up but is as good as he says he is.
“There are no men like me. There’s only me.”
Part of what makes Jaime such a unanimous dick is his perceptive ability to take whatever those around him feel insecure about and simply makes jokes about it. Be it Ned Stark, Brienne (of Tarth), or anyone else in his surroundings.
ESTPs are one of the types best at reading people and they’ll use this to their advantage in just about every relationship they have, especially a professional one. And since there isn’t really anybody Jaime needs to deal with professionally other than those under him, you can see how a cocky guy good with his sword and people is going to be a bit much to deal with.
Did we mention ESTPs aren’t very sensitive either? Like the ENTP, ESTP’s auxiliary and Tertiary functions are Ti and Fe. These two functions coexist with the other by deconstructing and analyzing the emotional spectrum of themselves and more importantly with those around them, making them excellent at knowing what people want and while not reading minds (duh), what people are thinking. The problem can then become how the ESTP decides to treat you from that point.
In Jaime’s case, not very well. In season 2, during his imprisonment in the Stark camp, a Lannister messenger sent to negotiate Jaime’s release. Until his family’s enemies, the Starks, are able to give him his own tent, he’s locked into Jaime’s cell. After hearing the messenger’s story that the greatest day of this kid’s life was being the assistant to Jaime, Jaime shares a similar experience with him.
Once Jaime gained the boy’s trust, he’s able to get close enough to kill him so as to help him escape. It’s this moment we’re reminded of how lethal and conniving Jaime is.
And while the ESTP you know may not be a murderer, Jaime is a good example of the type of villainy an ESTP inhibits when choosing to sweep the moral side of life underneath the rug.
Part of the reason for this may involve their “here and now” approach to everything that causes them to misunderstand or be completely unaware of the bigger idea behind events. Jaime’s personality comes more and more into the light as the series has gone on and we’re seeing a more morally ambiguous character as opposed to a completely evil one, making him one of the most entertaining characters the show has to offer, as is the way with many fictional ESTPs.