Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se
Lena processes new information slowly, but also trusts her instincts; when her husband returns after being missing in action for over a year, she is overjoyed to be with him, but notices things “wrong” with him, and starts to ask him questions about where he was, what he was doing, what he last remembers, etc., to get a better sense of what’s wrong with him. When she winds up in a locked-down facility, without anyone telling her that her husband was sent into the Shimmer, she theorizes that “but something came out” (meaning her husband). Once in the Shimmer, where other team mates say they shouldn’t leap to conclusions, she answers, “maybe we should,” but doesn’t share her thoughts. At the end, where others assume the creature that tried to hurt her was malicious, she says she thought it wasn’t, and maybe wasn’t even aware of her presence, but that it was “trying to create new things” inside the Shimmer. Being in the Shimmer and encountering new “life” fascinates her, and she tries to figure out what is causing it and what is happening, in an endless quest to understand. Lena at the end recognizes that her husband is not her husband at all, but an alien, but still embraces him, knowing that she too is not “fully human” anymore. She is a successful biologist, who was in the marines before then; Lena deals with things competently and rationally. When her teammates want to go back instead of forward, she points out that it’s farther to go back than it is to the shore (it’s six days back the way they came, and two days to the shore), so it only makes sense to keep pushing forward, toward the source of the anomaly. Though disturbed by what she finds, Lena is also able to remain level-headed and sensible, and deal with things practically. She focuses on gathering objective data and categorizing it, hoping it may one day be useful. Most of all, she is deeply private in her emotions and never loses her cool in public. After losing a teammate to a vicious bear, Lena goes out into the woods to cry in private. She doesn’t open up about her husband or share much about how she feels about anything, remaining aloof and composed. Her inferior Se comes out a lot in the Shimmer, where it forces her to be adaptive but also reckless. Lena rushes into standing water to save Josie from an unknown threat, without a thought for her personal safety. When that same crocodile chases them up the bank, she kneels and shoots it until she kills it, even though she almost dies in the process (it gets within a hare’s tooth of her). She has casual sex in her husband’s absence, and then admits later that “this was a mistake” because she realizes she didn’t enjoy it and feels guilt about cheating on both her husband, and the man’s wife (Fi).
Enneagram: 5w6 sp/so
Lena is extremely reclusive and introverted—when a friend invites her to a party, she says she is going to be busy painting her bedroom instead. She specializes in a particular field of knowledge and has made that her identity, so that she doesn’t have to open up about anything else to make friends. Others approach her first and draw her into the group; she does not initiate or go to them. She isn’t forthcoming with any of her thoughts, feelings, or assumptions, and keeps the truth of her husband from the rest of the team (something Dr. Ventress at first thinks is a mistake, but then comes to see as “wise”). Both because it is private and because they might distrust her because of it. She will listen more often to others talk about their lives than talk about her own. Her 6 wing is suspicious, investigative, and curious, oriented toward staying with the group once she joins it and accepting of authority.