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04 July 2010 @ 08:15 pm
Some authorial intent and psychology with Orihime's character.  
Tite Kubo: "I don't want to make Bleach into a love story because there are much more exciting things about their personalities and things that they can do instead of getting into the romance aspect of their relationships."








Most co-dependent individuals find it hard to be alone with themselves. The roots of insecurity and over dependency are many and varied. Most often they go back to early childhood.

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People who are insecure or overly dependent often rely exclusively on a partner or other family members to meet all of their emotional needs. They may even define themselves in terms of their relationship with this one person.

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Confusing sympathy and pity for love which is a result of feeling sorry and compassionate for someone so much that they have smothered and coddled them until they cannot do for themselves and have become completely dependent on them.

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Discovering their own unique mission, the contribution that they can make to the world, however large or small is an important aspect of developing a sense of personal identity. Once they find that mission or purpose, their life will gain a new inspiration that reduces their dependency on others.

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They feel unappreciated and unseen by others.

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Inability to take self-initiated steps to get their life into control, order and direction because they have overly identified and submitted themselves to the will, power and control of another person even if that person did not intentionally set them up to be so dependent. They try to prove others that they are good enought to be loved. They may have problems developing their own autonomous interests, goals, and pursuits because they organize their life around a special loved one.


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Fear of loneliness, being alone or isolation make them desperate to hold onto a relationship with a person well beyond the time that it is reasonable to do so.

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The idealization of others is something very usual in low self-esteem individuals.


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They idealize others, believing that the others will be what they need of them, and then they feel devastated when others don't live up to the role they created in the first place. They can collapse when things don't work up the way they expect them to.


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What a normal Orihime would do




Fear of being independent which is due to the fear of the negative consequences of becoming independent keeping they weak and frail, thus needing the support and nurture of those people on which they are dependent.


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What a normal Orihime would do



Reluctance to disagree with others close to them for fear of losing their support. They may lack confidence in themselves to take initiative to do things on their own apart from their significant other(s).

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What a normal Orihime would do



Irresponsibility due to lack of training in knowing what normal personal responsibility taking is and the resultant handing over to other persons the responsibility to take care of them.

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What a normal Orihime would do



Immobilized since need for approval, fear of rejection and feeling of insecurity gone so out of control that they become immobilized without the direction, support and nurturing of the person on whose approval they have become dependent.

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What a normal Orihime would do




Even though Orihime genuinely always wanted to protect Ichigo (from the start of the manga), in the Hueco Mundo arc this wish was subjected to her need for his approval. Her promises to get stronger were made with 'no bothering Kurosaki-kun' in mind not with thoughts of protecting him; that's why when he made clear that what he wanted was to fight she couldn't oppose him. It's not surprise that in the HM arc Kubo has been dealing with the characters' psychological issues (Ichigo's obsession with protecting, Rukia's guilt feelings). Kubo hasn't drawn Orihime's love for Ichigo in the HM arc; Kubo has drawn her idealizing him and becoming overdependent on Ichigo to a pathological level.


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EDIT: 06/07/2010 - because there is some interest in the sources used.
Disclaimer: I don't own Bleach nor the overdependency theory; they belong to Tite Kubo and John Bowlby, respectively.

Pictures taken from:
http://www.onemanga.com/
http://www.bleachexile.com/

Attachment theory, overdependence and insecurity symptoms taken from:
-Psicología social ed. Mc Graw Hill (J. Francisco Morales, Miguel C. Moya, Elena Gaviria, Isabel Cuadrado) Capítulo 13 Relaciones interpersonales íntimas. Pág 381 (sumisión copulsiva).
-Psicología Evolutiva (Vol. 2) ed. UNED (Pilar Herranz Ybarra, Purificación Sierra García) Capítulo 2 Apego: Los primeros vínculos afectivos. Teorías del apego. Attachment theory (John Bowlby) Modelo preocupado. (pattern Ambivalent/Resistant).
-Overdependency symptoms (Pay special attention to "Strategies for Helping Others to become Independent of You number 12: Fantasy and Myth Debunking") http://redrockcounseling.com/resources/Help+for+overdependency.doc
 
 
 
nagasasunagasasu on July 4th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Great post! The "normal Orihime" links were real helpful too.