MBTI Type: ESFJ
Gillian has a natural ease with understanding people, knowing what connects them, and an ability to make them work together toward a common goal. She often gets sent to deal with sensitive topics like interpersonal negotiations, because she people-reads so well; she figures out in an intense negotiation between two nations that a man pretending to be a subordinate is actually the one in charge, then recognizes his need for affirmation and his pride, and figures out that they can get him to give up the prisoners and reduce his military demands for them, by getting him an invitation to the White House, to a dinner given in “his honor.” She often tries to look after Cal and take care of his emotional states, inquiring if he is okay when working on a suicide case (because she know his mother committed suicide). She warns Cal against being too distant in his professionalism or taking hard tactics with clients – but also senses his instincts enough to adapt and play along when he stages an unexpected event (she will have an argument with him if he attacks her, or slap him across the face, to provoke a reaction out of a suspect). Gillian can easily empathize and put others at ease. She doesn’t mind opening up and confiding her concerns, and tends to keep an eye on the holistic emotional wellness of her coworkers. She is so attentive to details that she can read and recognize minuscule facial twitches. Gillian approaches everything first based on what she observes, and compares it to her vast knowledge of reading micro-expressions and psychology. She enjoys catering to her inner sensory desires (“Who eats pudding at 10am?” Cal complains; she carries around and consumes food and drink whenever she “feels” like it). She is detailed and studious in her work. Sometimes, she references former experiences when sharing her opinions (reminding Cal the last time he interacted with his ex wife, it left him emotionally compromised and he wore the same shirt to work for an entire month). Quick to caution others against making firm hypotheses, Gillian is more content to indulge “maybe.” She is not tied to any particular interpretation of an event, expression, or motive, but instead observes more and changes her opinions and perceptions as she collects information. She can sense changes in her companions and their moods, as well as picks up on emotional and charismatic attachments between clients. Gillian is open-minded and tends to greet most unexpected twists with a tolerant, interested shrug. While working cases, Gillian is good at diagnosing motives and methods of getting people to respond to interrogation techniques. She is good at analyzing feelings – but prefers to not analyze her own relationships. She is happy to agree with Cal they “stay out” of one another’s personal lives.
Enneagram: 2w3 so/sp
In the first episode, Gillian makes peace between people, tries to prevent Cal from causing trouble and/or being too aggressive (when he confronts someone who stole his parking space and then parks next to them, so they can’t leave the spot), and assumes that any problem is hers to fix—superego stance behavior (the superego stance is 1/2/6). She is deeply engaged with other people and proactive in how she tries to take care of them. Gillian is warm and friendly, easily able to connect to others through shared emotions and will share things to get them to open up, when she feels it is necessary. (She tells an adopted mother that she also tried to adopt a child, but the birth mother took her back after 57 days and now there is a wrenching emptiness inside her.) She wants everyone to get along and to find solutions everyone can live with, but is also somewhat assertive in confronting people, asking them to tell her the truth, and not shying away from helping them, even if they do not want it. She is forever looking out for Cal, pulling him back from the brink, asking him how he is feeling, and even bringing him a “real drink” so he won’t get drunk on little bottles. Even though she works in an environment that trains you to be suspicious of others, she prefers to give them the benefit of the doubt and believe the best in them.