Cinderella Complex

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A term coined by C. Downing in her 1990 book of the same name for what she describes as women’s unconscious desire to be taken care of by others, based primarily on a fear of independence, often coupled with a need to be rescued by an outside force—e.g., a prince
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fairy-tale character oppressed by her stepfamily until she magically attends a ball and ultimately marries a prince.
Cinderella complex - fear of being independent causes unconscious desire to be taken care of by others.
Cinderella syndrome - false accusations made by adopted children of being mistreated or neglected by their stepmothers.
Cinderella dermatosis - skin disease characterized by ash-gray macules occurring most often on palms, extremities, buttocks, and scalp.
Cinderella stepmother syndrome - overcompensation by a stepmother in an effort to be accepted into new family.
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Once Upon a Time makes a conscious show of throwing off the romantic shackles of the "Cinderella Complex." In place of the compliant girl waiting to be rescued by love, we have an emotionally unavailable, "can-do" heroine uninterested in looking (or waiting) for love.
It's like the Cinderella complex.It's the friends that make the effort, not me," she revealed.
These fears are given gender specificity in Colette Dowling's best-selling book of the 1980s, The Cinderella Complex: Women's Hidden Fear of Independence.