I could definitely see her approaching Katara and asking to learn bloodbending. I don't see Korra having as many reservations as Katara did about it. She strikes me as the type that uses all available resources to win. I'm not sure how Katara will feel about teaching her though.
Speaking of that episode, I cant help but seeing Master Katara walking about with a huge burning red face palm print! Korra, an Avatar from the Southern Water tribe whom Katara personally trained , cant even out-waterbend some arrogant Northern Water Tribe jerk?! Lets be honest, Korra had to channel King Bumi just to break even before getting the number 2 kicked out of her !Its beyond mortifying!!
Just rewatched the episode and it is still embarrasing. By the time of the Earth King Episode in Book 2, Aang could kick major butt with water and earthbending against Earth-benders (Rewatch that opening assault on the Earth King's palace. Toph isnt the most impressive earth bender in the Gaang- its Aang). Here, Korra a southern tribe water-bender trained by Katara cant even out water-bend a nothern tribe water bender? Way to repatch that glass ceilling.
When what was whispered by the lovers in a cave as they blazed a trail toward freedom will be shouted from the mountain tops. When the world finally sees that the hopes of the little girl from a crumbling Southern Water Tribe are the same as the dreams of the boy in the iceberg. We will begin the next great chapter in the Avatar Saga with one word- KATAANG!
Post by Paraiba Ocean on Oct 19, 2013 21:47:12 GMT -5
Man children of /co/? I have no idea what that is, but lol, I guess according to these standards may as well rank every other 13-20 year old as a socio/psychopath.
The biggest components here are a fundamental lack of empathy, which is very clear that Korra does not lack. Even when Lightning Bolt Zolt lost his bending, Korra empathized with him. Did she think he deserved to lose it, he was a terrible person, etc? Probably. But she was able to connect with his fear and how lost and terrified he had to have been, and mirrored it when she told Tenzin later what she had seen. Moreover, these people like any kind of remorse (maybe not initially, but eventually) - which Korra does possess, as seen by apologizing to Mako on a few occasions about her behavior.
The "symptoms" you listed are thought patterns and actions of an impulsive teenager, and do not qualify as sociopathic tendencies unless there's a violent disregard for others/rules/etc and lack of remorse, empathy, and guilt. Even her selfishness, though I dislike it, is typically targeted towards something that while selfish, is for the benefit of more than just herself because she's trying to get troops to help her tribe and save the friends/family she has. The biggest problem with that is she has failed to consider the ramifications to the United Republic if they do support the SWT.
If anything, Korra is TOO emotional rather than lacking. Sorry dude, but you just described a 17 year old, hormonal teenager lol.
It seems way too common these days to just toss around labels without thinking about what those words actually mean. Even Azula, who is an easy case for those diagnoses, can be debated because it's not a flat representation.
Post by Paraiba Ocean on Oct 21, 2013 12:13:45 GMT -5
Hm, under what kind of circumstances though? Because she's hormonal, impulsive, and doesn't make the greatest decisions? I know I criticize Korra's behavior, but ooooouuuuucccchhhhh. Tough crowd here!
Speaking broadly, sure; probably just about everyone could actually do to talk to a therapist only in the context of speaking about troubling matters and practicing/learning healthy ways to conduct yourself, view the world, and channel stress/anger. Therapists can be great for that. Life coaches are, uh, well... interesting, but it remains a field that I'm not familiar with. However, I expect that a life coach may be targeted towards someone who doesn't know what they want to do with their life (ie, professional goals), but hell, you may as well throw me in the pot and just about every high school through undergraduate student in there for good measure, because it's hard to know what to do with your life at that age. That being said - Korra knows what she wants, but probably doesn't know how to get it. But you know what comes with that? Youth and inexperience.
I'm hoping you guys say these things in jest and not in a, "she's a crazy psycho out of control person," because I was 17 years old once, and it's a really difficult time and most of the time you look back and go, "oh my god what was wrong with me," but it's a developmental phase. And it's even worse if you're a girl because there's a lot of things being thrown at you; society puts a lot of confusing and frustrating expectations on girls today, and it's hard to figure out what kind of values you want to have, or the person you want to be (especially with regards to sexuality, relationships, and educational/career goals). I suppose I'm being a little defensive, but even though my behavior pattern is rather different from Korra's (then again I didn't have the fate of the world on my shoulders), I would hate to think someone could watch my life on TV and think, "that chick needs counseling or some life coach.. whichever one is more likely to put up with her bs." Being a 17 year old girl on its own is tough enough - having to save the world, and accepting your responsibility will be to essentially do that for the rest of your life, no matter if you even want to be a professional silk maker or something, doesn't make it any easier.
@para: I couldn't agree more. Of course Korra's actions frustrate me at times, but I don't believe that they in any way indicate any sort of psychological issue. I think it all comes down to being a seventeen year old girl with the weight of the world on your shoulders (literally). And on top of it she has been sheltered her whole life and is just now starting to explore independency. I remember a lot of goofy decisions I made when I left home at 18, so I can understand what she is most likely going through. And I really don't like any kind of life coach or therapists is going to help her at this point because she seems really headstrong and is determined to make her own choices. It is just something she is going to have to work through. The only problem is that there is a lot riding on her choices.
Post by Paraiba Ocean on Oct 24, 2013 4:58:49 GMT -5
That's actually a really great point!
The difference between Korra making bad 17 year old decisions and the rest of us is hers can often (not completely always) affect the world, or even nations, cities, villages, etc., because of her status and responsibility. Most of the time when the rest of us make a bad choice, it's just limited to us, and perhaps worst case scenario - our family and/or close friends.