when you postpone saving the world to do sidequests
No, but, Teddie’s flirting, as annoying as it can be, is actually the saddest thing ever, hear me out.
By now, it’s pretty clear that Teddie is a self-aware Shadow of the same brand as Metis from P3FES.
By the end of P3FES, it was made very clear that all of Metis’ character traits were exaggerated versions of the traits Aigis had discarded due to her trauma. Her obsession with guarding Aigis like a sister-complex watchdog? An exaggeration of Aigis’ desire to protect her friends. Her whiny nature? An exaggeration of Aigis’ ability to cry in first place. Her tendency to act bratty? An exaggeration of Aigis’ self-confidence. All the traits she had abandoned for the sake of not being hurt anymore.
Do you know what that says about Teddie? It says the person who “expelled” him had given up on trying to be loved. That person had given up on ever having a friendship or a romantic relationship with anyone.
Teddie is acting the way he does because he’s literally desperately trying to counter-act someone else’ abandonment issues out of instinct. If that’s not a goddamn sad character trait to have, I don’t know what it is.
Actually, that’s kind of what happened, yeah.
Jung had different concepts of “failed” individuation, so, basically character development gone awry and leading different kinds of mental breakdowns. One of them was “Identification with the Shadow”, and I think that’s what we were facing here.
"Identification with the Shadow", means, giving up on being a good person. Giving up entirely on who you want to be, giving in to all your urges, impulses and sudden desires, just, totally throwing up your arms and going "I’m done! Being human’s too hard! Take me, oh Shadow, take me away!!"
It’s letting the Shadow, all the stuff you would never show or let take control in a normal situation, take the wheel over your consciousness. Just acting on instinct and impulse, not on reason, just spouting the first bits of BS that come to your mind, just being absolutely out of control and reason. Thinking of what was actually supposed to be your Shadow as the only way for you to “be”, as your “reality” (Even though that is never exactly true.) Just utterly giving up on anything that requires even the slightest bit if restraint and strength of character.
Long Story Short: Having a breakdown and letting the Shadow take over your consciousness without resistance in a moment of weakness.
That’s what happen in Adachi’s and Namatame’s cases. It wasn’t a “Being in-tune” with the Shadow or anything like that. It were emotional breakdowns that led into (more or less) temporary insanity. That’s all.
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