Welcome to the character analysis series on Rio’s Walkabout.
I previously did a post about Star Wars vs Star Trek and asked readers which science fiction franchise they preferred where the answer could determine the type of person someone was (either a dreamer or a more practical kind of person). After writing a bit and discovering more information about the ramifications of picking one franchise over the other I quickly realized, “Hey, this is a life advice blog… people should know who they are before they can work on becoming the best versions of themselves!” And what better way to do that than to point out some famous movie characters, identify their personalities, and see if they match who you are!? Basically it’s a personality test so-to-speak, except you get to read a little more about the lives of certain fictitious people!
Today’s target is none other than the scruffy-looking, scoundrel of a space smuggler, who ultimately got dealt a bad card by Disney in the latest movie – Han Solo! Just in case you have lived under a rock for the past 30 odd years. Han Solo is one of the main characters in the Star Wars universe. He acts as a foil to the story’s protagonist, Luke Skywalker. In fiction, a foil is a character who contrasts with another character to highlight particular qualities of the other character. Thank you, Wikipedia. This is seen quite easily as Luke battles the Empire because he believes it is the right (good) thing to do. While Han fights because there is something in it for him, typically money, and preferably a lot of it. Han is your dashing rogue character, especially as defined by Dungeons and Dragons standards, and staying in the D&D realm, Luke would be considered a knight (and strangely enough, dressed in white –at least until Return of the Jedi).
“Han Solo was a human smuggler who grew up on the planet of Corellia. He was orphaned at a young age, and turned to a life of crime as a thief in order to survive the perils of the galaxy. Solo, at some point, acquired a starship and became an exceptional pilot. Solo began working outside of the Galactic Empire’s laws, beginning a career in illegal smuggling. Solo eventually met the Wookiee Chewbacca, whom he saved from imprisonment. Chewbacca, grateful for Solo’s intervention, proclaimed a life debt to the smuggler. Chewbacca thereby became Solo’s first mate aboard his ship and the smuggling duo became lifelong friends.” (Han Solo. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Han_Solo) The two later go on to win the now well-known and fabled ship, The Millennium Falcon, from Lando Calrissian and the two eventually join the Rebel Alliance, helping to destroy 2 *cough* 3 Death Stars.
MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
Now, the informative stuff: The MBTI is an assessment designed to determine how people look at the world and make decisions. It’s a great way to take a look or glimpse at personality types. The test helps to classify the way people think and approach life through their preferences. This personality test was developed and published by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers in 1943 and is often given during high school or college to help guide students towards appropriate interests. The test makes a big appearance in many intro to psychology courses and it is typically the most widely administered psychological test available.
So what sort of person was our brave and cunning sort of anti-hero hero?
Let’s look at the evidence. Han, in the movies, was quite brash and very resourceful. He runs headlong into and somehow manages to escape nearly impossible odds. All without Force powers. His initiative and cunning, not to mention “me first” attitude, clearly dictated that he shoot Greedo first. All the while his charm, charisma and bad-boy persona all but guaranteed his winning over of the Princess’s heart. Sorry, Luke, she’s your sister! Ewwww! Okay, honestly, if you’re a Han Solo, you’re one lucky person – minus getting lightsabered to the gut by your own emo kid, of course. Han is very extroverted and is able to command respect or at least get-noticed everywhere he goes. He does what it takes to win as demonstrated many times throughout the series such as taking credits at Yavin 4 and leaving (briefly), using illegal smuggling compartments on the Death Star, slipping away in garbage to avoid the Star Destroyers, gambling to win the Falcon, fooling the guards to open the blast doors on Endor… the list goes on. But let’s be scientific about this. What does the MBTI test say?
Drum roll please… Han Solo is, the Promoter!
According to an infographic from www.geekinheels.com Han is what is known as the Promoter. “Promoters are friendly, adaptable, and action-oriented “doers” who are focused on immediate results. Think on their feet and thrive in crises. Informal risk-takers, who live fast-paced lives. Never allow rules to get in the way of their ambitions. Straightforward and realistic, take criticism well. Characterized by their ability to get things done and work well with others.” This personality type according to the MBTI, is classified as ESTP. We’ll discuss this in a bit. Real-world famous people that are ESTP include: Donald Trump, Madonna, Michael J. Fox, James Buchanan and Saint Peter. Yes, Han sits in good company.
So back to ESTP. To get a better understanding we first have to understand that the MBTI refers to 16 distinct personality types and these personality types come from certain preferences we tend to gravitate towards. These preferences seek to answer the following 4 questions:
- Do we prefer to focus on the outer world or on our own inner world? Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).
- Do we prefer to simply focus on basic information that we take in or prefer to interpret and add meaning to it? Sensing (S) or Intuition (I).
- Do we make decisions based on logic and consistency or prefer to make decisions based on people and special circumstances? Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
- Do we prefer to get things finalized and decided or stay open to new information and options? Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).
Find out more about these preferences and the MBTI at http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/
In case you’re wondering how this can possibly help you out in life? ESTP individuals excel in careers such as entrepreneurs, engineers, police officers, the military and project managers. Their weaknesses include: being insensitive, impatient, easily bored, prone to risk, and they lack long-term vision. Their strengths include: boldness, rational and practical thinking, being flexible, and they’re sociable. There is a wealth of information that is available online about personality tests and about the ESTP personality in particular, just take a look. Good resources would of course be the MBTI site, and who knows? I may actually dive into more detail about personality types in future posts.
So are you a Han Solo? Don’t know? Well, I highly recommend that you find out! Not only will determining the type of personality you are help you hammer down a career, it can help you solidify your strengths and aid in minimizing or even mitigating your weaknesses. Everyone should know their own preferences in life. The lesson is you should always strive to be you and don’t get tricked into being someone you’re not.
Aristotle once said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
Whew! I hope you enjoyed reading a little about Han Solo. We have 15 more of these to go!
“Great kid. Don’t get cocky!”
– Han Solo