Doyle finds it extremely difficult not to become emotionally involved with his patients and their various plights of injustice, a point that Bell often criticizes him on. He cares very much about his patients, to the extent that he donates a lot of his time and efforts to them, protects them from criminal charges due to his understanding of their emotional plight, and will turn down payment if they cannot afford it. He is very sensitive and feels hurt when criticized, and feels a sharp sense of guilt if he must say something harsh to Bell or anyone else. He is private about his feelings regarding his father, but also secretly fears he could have done something to prevent his father’s descent into insanity. Doyle often takes protecting his little brother’s emotions as his personal responsibility. His profession and his tendency to hang around Bell and assist him with casework has developed Doyle’s analytical skills and made him somewhat skeptical of things that cannot be proven with facts. He prefers to ponder at length before sharing his thoughts with others, and is not above analyzing the people around him, noticing inconsistencies and flaws, and gently pointing them out. But he allows his feelings toward women especially to cloud his judgment, something that causes him to form romantic attachments to several murderesses. Doyle has chosen to become a physician, a role that requires attentiveness to detail, extensive medical knowledge learned through practical hands-on application, and that is a long-established and dignified profession. He notices subtle changes in his environment, and differing behavior in others, and is happiest in a routine that is somewhat predictable. Doyle so often thinks about his past that he finds it difficult to overcome traumatic experiences, such as the loss of the woman he cares about. Whenever on a case, Doyle sets out to gather as much information as possible in order to establish the facts that he can then use to support his theories. Though not as swift to notice connections as Bell, Doyle also has a keen ability to read other people and sense when something more is happening than is obvious, which leads him to suspect a policeman of being up to something before it crosses Bell’s mind. He enjoys theorizing and discussing potential outcomes with Bell whenever on a case, by piecing together the facts and formulating possible connections and theoretical motivations.

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Doyle goes above and beyond the requirements of his medical practice in his eagerness to be useful to others, especially pretty girls. When a patient confides in him that she fears someone is following her, Doyle tramps out into the woods to watch and confront her pursuer. He initiates crime-solving and assists Bell where necessary, but also assumes that his assistance is forming an emotional attachment. This sometimes backfires, when the person who has caught his romantic interest turns out to be beneath him, morally. His 1 wing is fierce. He tells off a fellow doctor for prescribing useless, expensive medicines to his patients rather than caring for their simple welfare. He has a strong work ethic, and a desire to do the right thing. His own failures as a son and a doctor, even the mistakes he made in Elspeth’s case, haunt him into much self-recrimination and self-loathing. Under stress, Doyle shifts toward 8 disintegration – he often loses his temper, he will use his fists to settle disputes, and he can be fierce in his opinions.