Function Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se
Ellen trusts her gut a lot, even when there is no evidence to support her conclusions. It takes her only a short time to realize Peggy hired her, to get close to her boyfriend’s sister, a major potential witness in a case. She concludes that Peggy “tried to kill me,” even though the evidence suggests Patty may have been the intended target. She sees through her boss at the DA’s manipulations (“You just want me there because I know Patty; you know, you can tell me the truth, you don’t have to hide it”.). She can be single-minded, until she achieves her goal…and then, she searches for wider, broader determinations and a larger purpose for her life (she only hangs onto the past until she can resolve it and get a single answer, then moves forward without a backward glance). Ellen is warm and personable, often putting people and their welfare above her own ambitions. She turns down an interview with Patty when it conflicts with her sister’s wedding, then makes a charming and likable impression on Patty when they first meet. She is easily able to get clients to like her and confide in her, and often discusses how she is feeling with her fiancé… sometimes even consulting him about what she should do and the decisions she should make. This conflicts with his Fi, since he’s forever telling her to do whatever she wants to do, and stop pleasing other people; but Ellen cannot help putting them and their needs first, thinking about Tom and wanting him to be “okay” when she tries to take down Patty, and wanting to make Patty feel welcome (she invites Patty to her engagement party, and is a little shocked when Patty tells her she has no interest and to go back to work). Ellen can be quite rational. She tells her father after he gets into a car accident and hits someone to never apologize and don’t take her a food basket in the hospital, since it is an “admission of guilt.” She offers Patty leverage against Frobisher and tells her to use it, even if it’s illegal, because she wants to see him “pay” for his crimes (then tests Patty to see if she feels guilt about their role in a man’s suicide). She’s able to work with Patty, while working against her with a criminal investigation. Ellen is an excellent lawyer, who writes perfect legal papers right out of law school—Tom admits there’s nothing he can do to improve her brief. She believes in the law and enforcing it; but when the system doesn’t work for her, she seeks ways to get around it. Her ethics are good…up to a point, and then she starts cutting corners. She never talks about her loss from the first season, instead using therapy sessions to talk about her nightmares. Once she feels strongly about something, there’s no backing her down. Ellen doesn’t moralize, but she doesn’t take BS, either. Her calling her boss out on “crap” gets her fired. After she’s fired, Ellen says, “Let’s go get drunk”. It takes her awhile to open up to someone after her boyfriend’s death, but she uses sex to work through her problems. She really enjoys a luxurious environment, and likes to get away for the weekend. Especially in the second season, Ellen tends to take large risks and push people too hard – so much so that it almost ruins the FBI’s plans. She doesn’t know how much pressure to exert or let up on, since she’s so unused to sensory interactions (inferior Se).
Enneagram: 6w5 so/sp
Ellen is cautious and suspicious, but also puts her family first, even above her chance at getting a job with Patty—she is surprised when Patty shows up at her sister’s wedding to interview her, but quickly makes a positive impression because of how loyal, down-to-earth, and charming she is. Once in the firm, Ellen carefully cultivates her work space to reflect what Tom told her about what Patty would like. She is obedient to orders, but also questions Patty, suspects the worst of her at times, and acknowledges Patty taught her to “trust no one.” She assumes Patty is behind her near-death experience and wants to hold her responsible for her role in her fiancé’s murder, even if it was unintentional. She turns to other people whenever she isn’t sure what to do—consulting her boyfriend about whether to invite Patty to their engagement party, calling up a friendly lawyer at a rival firm to ask what she should do (and if she can have a job) once Patty fires her, etc. She is extremely loyal to the people she cares about, and refuses to double cross, back-talk, or implicate them in things, instead trying to persuade them to do the right thing. Ellen waffles between indecision and self-trust, and in grief, pulls away from people and becomes emotionally distant and unavailable.