Function Order: Se-Ti-Fe-Ni

Lauren is nothing if not a driven, opportunistic, hard-working doctor who thrives in the ER because it is constantly changing and requires she stay on her feet. She has so much energy, she winds up moonlighting at other hospitals and taking pills to maintain her work performance, never once thinking that she could start making mistakes or that it might compromise her career down the line (inferior Ni). She gets involved with her physical therapist, substituting sex for pain medication, after having had a short fling with Dr. Reynolds. Lauren admits that even though Covid was terrible, she misses the constant chaos and activity it brought, because it kept her moving and thinking about solutions. She is good at improvising on the spot and dealing with emergencies, but poor with reading between the lines – but on a couple of occasions, she says she doesn’t know how she knows a diagnosis, its “just a hunch” that turns out to be correct. She’s really good at figuring out what is going on with a patient by asking questions, thinking in unorthodox ways, and trying out different things in the hopes of getting to the bottom of their symptoms. If she reaches a dead end, she starts over. With one patient, she finally figured out his problem was malnutrition, after thinking about what so many unconnected symptoms meant when put together. Lauren tends to struggle with her emotions, and with other people being emotional; she will shut people out who betray her, like Helen, only to come around later and admit that Helen was right to report her for drug abuse. Even though she wants to date Floyd, she sees that a more stable relationship would be better for him, so she introduces him to his future fiancé.

Enneagram: 8w7 so/sp

Lauren is one tough cookie who doesn’t like incompetency in her ward, and who tosses one woman out on her ear for saving her patient in season three, only to realize later that she was right—and she is a doctor from another country rather than just a cab driver. She lives a life of indulgence, and struggles with drug addiction, using her ADHD medication to keep her buzzing while she over-works at the hospital. In truth, Lauren is running away from being vulnerable about her past—she grew up with an absentee workaholic father who left her to clean up her mother’s drunken messes, and she feels enormous guilt about leaving the situation as a teenager and abandoning her sister. She angrily confronts her mother about the situation, and then is baffled to find out she remembers none of it, then only yields when another doctor tells her this is logically possible. Lauren shows the most 8 in her determination to go off drugs, and deal with withdrawals and the pain of a serious accident without taking any medication for it. She tells another doctor he has to withhold the pills from her, no matter how much she screams at him for them or how abusive she becomes; when she finds out he has been pilfering her pills, she kisses him (they have had a sexual relationship) and then tells him never to call, text, or talk to her again. At one point, she refuses to take pain medication when she has to perform an operation on a patient during a lockdown procedure; she grits her teeth and goes through it (8s have the highest pain tolerance and often refuse to admit how much it hurts). She has a long history of hedonism, over-working, avoiding talking about her past, and getting involved with coworkers sexually to distract herself from her problems.

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