ok so the mary magdalene complex is a thing i came up with like last week at 2 in the morning when i was going through people’s blogs and watching/listening to achievement hunter rather than sleeping lmao.
basically it’s the counterpart to the messiah complex, where ‘an individual holds a belief that they are, or are destined to become, a savior’. while the messiah is off doing their thing trying to help people, the mary magdalene is the person (not necessarily a woman as i myself am not a woman) who stands at their side and is their rock basically.
while the messiah is making plans to make the world a better place, the mary magdalene is gently reminding them to eat something and have a nap because they only got three hours of sleep last night and they look tired.
while the messiah is preaching, the mary magdalene is defending them from the naysayers and helping everyone understand the frenzied words that are coming out of the messiah’s mouth because while to the messiah they are making perfect sense, the mary magdalene knows that it can be hard to decipher words that are jumbled up amongst passion and fierce determination.
while the messiah is brooding and wondering if what they’re doing is worth it, the mary magdalene gives them space but keeps a close eye on them makes sure they’re ok.
the messiah is the leader, figurehead, and voice of the movement, the mary magdalene is the second-in-command, caregiver, and heart of the movement, tending to the flock but tending most of all to the messiah.
tl;dr basically it’s a thing where u have a messiah-like figure in ur life and gaze them lovingly as if they r heaven incarnate
(and tbh they probs r)
(tbh i’m the biggest mary magdalene i have ever met)
Music + Lyrics tag meme. Tagged by @katielynn526 Rules: Put your music on shuffle, write down the first 10 that come on, and your favorite lyrics from them. Then tag 10 people!
1. So Long-Farewell-Goodbye by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Thank you for the open invitation your kind applause and adulation, but look at the time lord we got to fly so long farewell baby bye-bye
2. Bedroom Hymns by Florence + The Machine
Make me your Maria I’m already on my knees
3. Papa Loves Mambo by Perry Como
Havin’ their fling again Younger than spring again Feelin’ that zing again, wow
4. Love in the 21st Century by Neon Trees
My dear, we’re both a bit too cynical Come close, I’ll give you something spiritual
5. The Circle of Life by Carmen Twilie
Till we find our place On the path unwinding
6. Super Trouper by A*Teens
So I’ll be there when you arrive The sight of you will prove to me I’m still alive And when you take me in your arms And hold me tight I know it’s gonna mean so much tonight
7. So This is Love by Ilene Woods and
My heart has wings, hmm And I can fly I’ll touch every star in the sky
8. Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley
Number forty-seven said to number three You’re the cutest jailbird I ever did see I sure would be delighted with your company Come on and do the Jailhouse Rock with me
9. Pompeii by Bastille
And if you close your eyes, Does it almost feel like You’ve been here before?
10. Destino by Armando Domiquez and Dora Luiz
This heart of mine is thrilled now
My empty arms are filled now
As they were meant to be
You know the drill, if you want to do this be my guest
Do you think there have been lots of Mary Magdalene types thru history?? what are some of ur fave "Mary Magdalene" figures other than Mary??
oh yeah def! anytime a leader, whoever they r and whatever they stand for, gains a following they r bound to have at least one magdalene. my brain isn’t working well rn but the first mary magdalene that came to mind was hephastion who was def the mary to alexander the great’s messiah (altho tbh not sure if ‘messiah’ is the right word to use for alexander but since we’re talking about magdalenes let’s just say it is) and percy shelley was such a magdalene for mary shelley.
Mary Magdalene syndrome is maybe related to being the token girl in environments gendered as "male"?
tbh i think that would be a wee bit different because mary wasn’t really the only girl among the disciples, there were always women at the fringes willing to help jesus and the disciples, and plus the mary magdalene complex is all about being mary magdalene: being so completely and utterly devoted to a messiah and a cause that ur story and theirs become intertwined to the point where no one knows where u begin or end if it doesn’t include the messiah.
weird question but do you have to be christian to have a mary magdelene complex??
not at all!!!!! i’m not christian myself (i’m actually buddhist) but being christian isn’t a Must for having the mary magdalene complex; at it’s core the mary magdalene complex is just u being completely enamoured with ur messiah, whoever they r, and looking at them like they r heaven in human form but still knowing that r just human like u and while u keep telling urself that u both bleed and u r both mortal, u find it hard to believe sometimes