LUST EMBARRASSED GUILT
Lauren spent several weeks with Carmine all over her in bed. She was married. That means her LUST got the best of her. Lust is a form of TEMPTATION and it does NOT go away easily. She yielded to temptation and an affair began.
Lauren got caught and now is EMBARRASSED that her affair in known to the people she cares about.
Then Lauren feels a lot of GUILT about the pain she has put Michael through, the damage she has done to her marriage, and even the positon she has put Carmine in. Lauren has caused a lot of damage.
Lauren has ended the affair, but the fact that there would be NO affair to end if she did not YIELD TO TEMPTATION is no one's fault but LAUREN'S. Turning on Carmine and treating him like dirt to get rid of him when EVERYTHING is her fault anyway is NOT NOT NOT the right thing to do. Just like blaming Michael for the affair was NOT NOT NOT the right thing to do.
Lauren is trying to accept her responsibilty with both Michael and Carmine. That shows a lot of growth on her part. Notice how she is talking to Michael now and she no longer tells him the affair is HIS fault. Notice how Michael now is able to say that they BOTH made mistakes. Once ANGER and REVENGE subsided, they were both able to be more rational and they are both better able to see what they BOTH did wrong.
Lauren slept with Carmine several times. She is not a hooker paid to let men be with her with no feelings attached to the act at all. Lauren DOES NOT love Carmine but she did NOT go to bed with him several times because she HATED him either. MOST people don't go to bed with someone they feel NOTHING for. The fact that Carmine listened to her when Michael didn't, the fact that Carmine made her laugh, etc. are some of the reasons she had the affair.
None of us are ROBOTS we function in life on FEELINGS. Feelings of LOVE and feelings of LUST. Lauren has told Carmine the affair is over. But it DOES NOT mean she doesn't want it over because she hasn't CURSED him out or thrown an object at him. HOW MEAN OR NASTY YOU ARE TO A PERSON DOES NOT DETERMINE HOW MUCH YOU WANT SOMETHING. Being mean and nasty to a person just means you are a mean and disrespectful person.
Lauren made a mistake having this affair. But that DOES NOT give her the right to TREAT CARMINE LIKE A DOG because of that mistake.
Lauren is an intelligent woman. Lauren acting in an intelligent, calm manner DOES NOT mean she can't wait to get Carmine back in the bed. Lauren is telling EVERYONE how much she wants her marriage and she does. If you really pay close attention to Carmine, he knows she is telling the truth too. Look at how he looks now. He is always looking sad and worried. He keeps drinking while he is working. Look at his expressions when Lauren tells him it is over. He knows the Lauren saying these things to him is not the same Lauren he easily took to bed for weeks. YES Carmine IS OBSSESSED AND HE WILL KEEP TRYING. But that is his mental disorder not Lauren's. A man like Carmine with obssession relationship issues is the FIRST to know when his hold over the person is gone. You notice he wasn't drinking when he had Lauren when he wanted her.When she was going to bed with him.
Carmine is the one spinning out of control and trying to hold on, not Lauren. Lauren did NOT go home and tell Michael the truth so she could run back to Carmine's bed. Remember, Lauren told LIES and made up all kinds of EXCUSES when she wanted that.
Carmine tells her they have a connection and Lauren doesn't deny that. Well, HOW CAN SHE DENY THAT WHEN SHE SLEPT WITH HIM FOR SEVERAL WEEKS? Have any of us continued to sleep with someone we WERE NOT connected to? The connection is why the affair started.
Lauren wants her marriage and she wants Carmine to leave her alone, but she doesn't have to go bullistic to make Carmine leave her alone. A normal man would have stopped already with what she has already requested. The ONLY reason Carmine hasn't stopped is becaused he is OBSSESSED.