Monday, April 4, 2011
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.