An interesting psychological analysis on Dan and Blair (and Chuck and Blair)
As some of you may know CW also has a forum to discuss impressions on GG episodes. This is a quote from the review on the latest GG episode by a poster on that side. It's lengthy, but I like how the person tries to approach Chair vs. Dair dynamic. Thought I'd share because I do find it interesting (though I don't think the writers are THAT smart to have considered this).
"Let’s talk about why Dan and Blair or Dair as some people call them work. Back in season two of Gossip Girl, we (I with some help) ran all the main characters through a two versions of the same personality test. According to the ancient Greeks, Carl Jung, mother and daughter team Meyers and Briggs and most recently Dr. David Keirsey there are 16 personality types. Some are very common. Some are quite rare. Most personality types are romantically attracted to their opposites. For instance ENFP personalities would most likely be attracted to ISTJ personality types. However, one personality type is different. When they are young, they do tend to be attracted to their opposite. But as they get older are attracted to people who are the same as they are. These personality types are called INTJs.We gave all of the main characters on Gossip Girl this personality test and it was to our surprise that Dan was an INTJ personality type (we expected him to be an INFJ which is common among novel writers while ENFJ is common among screenwriters), which is only found in 1% of the world population. What was even more surprising is that Chuck also tested out to be an INTJ as well. So essentially, Dan and Chuck have the same personality type. The fact that INTJ's are in their youth attracted to their opposite but often end up with someone like themselves explains why Dan would start out attracted to Serena (an ESFP) and now be attracted to Blair.Blair is an ENTJ which makes her similar to both Chuck and Dan, not exactly the same but similar. The only difference here is that Blair is extroverted and Chuck and Dan are introverted, Dan more so than Chuck. Therefore the attraction that works between Chuck and Blair also works between Dan and Blair because you are getting the same personality combination. This is why we think Dair is turning out to be almost as successful for the show as Chair. It is not common in normal daily life to see two people who are not opposites attract and so this combination is utterly fascinating to watch. In other stories, it has worked as well such as Pride and Prejudice, The Silence of the Lambs and The Shaw shank Redemption. It may seem odd to think that Hannibal Letcher and Mr. Darcy would have the same personality but they do. I know I’ve harped over and over again about doing on episode as a Blair dream sequence and here is a great opportunity. What if you did one where Dan and Chuck switched characters as a way for Blair to understand her attraction to both guys? It is possible if each of them had been brought up the way the other one was Dan may be exactly like Chuck and Chuck may be exactly like Dan. What if in a sense they may be two parts of one whole? Maybe each guy is half of what Blair needs. I’d love to see something like that. Since classic movies are such an important part of Blair and Dan’s connection you could even do a take-off of Sabrina and play around with who would be the Linus character and who would be the David character. Just some thoughts."
PS: There is already a thread with the name "A take on Dair and Chair that does not include a recommendation for your ship to GDIAF"? Hmmm. Go figure..
Oh yeah, so I'll comment again. I read the whole thing, and it is very interesting since I study those subjects, yet again, people are taking it way too seriously. Like, WAY too seriously. WTF is this.
Sorry, I don't know why it did it. It gave me an error message the first time I tried to post saying the "thread with this name already exists". I just saw that it still posted somehow.
I'd actually expect a character analysis like the above from fans on a show like Lost or any other serious show. I don't take GG that seriously, not since S1 at least.
I had a class in college on literature & psychology. We read a bunch of novels and tried to understand how the characters manifested the psychology of the writer if you will. "Metomorphosis" was a fun read. But ever since that class, I do find it interesting sometimes to analyse fictional characters and what drives their behavior (that's what probably got me into Gossip Girl in the first place, so many characters with issues).
I enjoy analyzing the characters as well. Of course then I get frustrated because I feel like I've put more thought into a character's single action than the writers have in the character's entire being.
I've long be interested in the Myer Briggs personality types. You have a few things mixed up though. People aren't attracted to their opposite, but their compliment. For example if Blair is an ENTJ (which I agree is spot on) then her match would either be an INTJ or an INTP. The first letters (E and I) refer to how people express themsevles. People are attracted to their opposite most of the time. The next two letters (ex N and T) represent how people perceive the world and make decisions. People should be the same in this if they are to understand each other. The last letters, J and P, are seen as interchangable. These are not the personality areas that make or break a relationship and where compromise usually takes place.
Anyways I also think you're wrong about Dan. He's clearly extroverted in the way he expresses himself. He rambles on and often says things as he's thinking them (ex Vanessa commented several times about how he never stops talking). It is funny because in the book he's introverted so the writers definitely altered his character.
I feel like people think Dan is introverted because he's a writer. Not all writers have the same personality type! His subject choice in his writing often never strays from reality which is NOT a trait introverts would have, whom often create their own seperate world. For introverted writers think CS Lewis or JK Rowling.
I also think he's more feeling than thinking, but I could be wrong.
Oh God, this is from forever ago. I borrowed this from someone else back when people used to care about this show I think in season 4. The reason I posted it here at the time is because of endless Dair vs. Chair threats and this was a different way to look at things that discussed the topic without going into a ship war category. Anyway, this was a long time ago and no longer relavant as
a) Characters have undergone a transformation
b) This is not a character driven show
i'm not here to argue dair vs. chair (as we all know where we stand on that and won't change our minds) but I just don't think you can analyze things that seriously anymore. when the show was written well and the writers respected the show's history and kept the characterization consistent, sure. But now, this show is indescribably horrible and analyzing it like this is futile. missing season 1 and season 2 like crazy :(