The Cinderella complex
was first described by Colette Dowling, who wrote a book on women's fear of independence, as an unconscious desire to be taken care of by others, based primarily on a fear of being independent. The complex is said to become more apparent as a person grows older.
Colette Dowling attempts to define women
as being motivated by an unconscious desire to be taken care of as a fear of independence
termed "Cinderella complex". An important aspect of the work can be defined as identifying
an aspect of a larger phenomenon as to why women choose to stay in dysfunctional relationships.
can be defined as a syndrome
characterized by a series of specific motivations or causes. Dowling identifies only one motivation, while the syndrome is in fact a combination of many motivations, which are in themselves characteristics that make up a complex.
The term syndrome
has been largely used to define conditions apparent in medicine
. However, in recent decades the term has been used outside of medicine to refer to a combination of phenomena seen in association.
This complex is named after the fairy tale
. It is based on the idea of women that the story portrays, as being beautiful, graceful and polite but who cannot be strong independent characters themselves (although Cinderella does exhibit independence based on her skills and determination), and who must be rescued by an outside force, usually... Read More