Monday, April 4, 2011

Cassandra Complex



Cassandra Complex: A state of mind in which valid concerns or warnings are disbelieved.

This complex is derived from a Greek myth. Cassandra was wooed by Apollo who admired her beauty and gave her the gift of prophesy. When she rebuked his advances, he turned the gift into a curse and no one would heed her warnings of future events.

I suppose it's like being in denial when things are going badly. Like the time I threw a surprise birthday party for my sister-in-law. Everyone tried to talk me out of it, but I didn't listen. 

On second thought, I don't think the Cassandra Complex applies to me. Dr. Channing says that I see the Dark Side and embrace it. Hmmm. Maybe I have a Darth Vader Complex.

12 comments:

  1. Very few people are receptive to warnings about bad things to come. There are lots of people who are pessimistic in themselves, but even a lot of them don't want to import pessimism from others - they're too worried about what they're sure will go wrong.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I think the story of Cassandra is tragic and fascinating. It would make a good modern day story, though I doubt I'll write it personally.

    And I'm partial to the cello picture in your sidebar. It shows you have good taste.

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  3. Kelworthfiles: Interesting observation. Thanks for posting.

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  4. Angela: I love the cello. Actually saw Yo-Yo Ma in concert a few years back. Dvorak. WOW!

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  5. great post - I'll be back for more tomorrow - I'm new
    Lx

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  6. Hi, Laura. Nice to see you. Happy blogging.

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  7. I've always theought the Cassandra legend was sad. Imagine knowing something was going to happenm but no-one would believe you.

    Ha! I did 'avoid' for 'a' too.

    Lovely blog. :)

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  8. In addition to not listening to others, many times I regret not listening to myself.

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  9. Tundiel: I guess when the "gods" cursed someone, they really let the lightning bolts fly! Lesson: Don't get the "gods" angry.

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  10. D: I have the same problem sometimes. Thanks for posting.

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  11. Really interesting post. Could be a useful aspect of a character to add believability.

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