Do you ever feel helpless? Did you ever feel like a fraud on the job? There might be a diagnosis. It’s 2017, and there’s a term for everything, you know?

Cinderella Complex – Based on the character in the fairy tale, the Cinderella Complex states that some women feel the constant need to be protected and taken care of. They also feel helpless when it comes to changing their situation in life and believe that an external force, such as a Prince, is the only way to get out of their rut. For obvious reasons, this complex can only manifest itself in adults.


Imposter Syndrome – High-flying but unable to truly appreciate your achievements? Do you live in a constant fear of being ‘found out’ even though you know you haven’t done anything wrong? That may be the Impostor Syndrome talking. First coined by Dr Pauline Clance in 1978, the syndrome is used to describe people who have made it big but believe that it was all down to luck, timing or their ability to be perceived as more intelligent or talented than they actually are.

Mickey Mouse Syndrome – This is quite the urban-dictionary kind of syndrome, but quite an interesting one nonetheless. The syndrome dictates that just like Mickey Mouse is only a mouse that has been iconised by children and adults, so are many people we look up to. In other words, if we stripped Mickey Mouse of his celebrity status, he would just be a mouse, and it’s the same thing with anyone who’s intimidating.


Medea Complex – In Euripides’s play, Medea avenges her husband’s abandonment by killing their children. The complex continues upon that age-old story by stating that some women, when they are wronged by the father of their children, will humiliate and hurt their offspring as a way of indirectly hurting their husbands.

Cleopatra Complex – Sometimes also referred to as the Complex of a Queen, this is something that powerful women may experience. A woman who is said to have the Cleopatra Complex will expect her partner to adore her and be loyal to her and her alone. When he is not, the results can be extremely dramatic. Women who have this complex may also seem frigid and disinterested in the company of men, owing to the fact that they believe that they are too good for men.


What’s really interesting is that while there are some complexes that affect only men, like the Orestes Complex and the Complex of Don Juan, even these revolve around or are about women… I wonder what complex the world is suffering from…


Did you know about any of the complexes Evelyn’s mentioned? Do you know of any others?

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