How do you know what’s real? How do you perceive the world around you? Humans have five core sensory inputs: sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste. We base our reality on what those senses perceive. To those senses we add imagination, which lets us expand our reality beyond the physical reach of our personal senses. Television activates only two inputs – sight and hearing – but truly well done television, through invoking our imaginations, brings all our senses into play.
Welcome to another psychology seminar at Supernatural University! This class explores how differently the characters of Dean and Sam Winchester perceive the world around them, and how Supernatural uses their sensory impressions to affect our perception of the show.
The Winchester brothers are different from each other in very many ways, but one very basic difference is how they perceive the world and define their reality. Dean is predominantly sensory, while Sam is predominantly imaginative. They both have skills in the other camp, but their preferences show in the way they approach and execute an investigation. Dean clearly prefers using his own direct sensory observations, while Sam prefers researching what is known through the experiences of others in order to inform his own observations and prepare his reactions.