Once they get bored with you because the spell of the initial conquest has worn off, the way they maintain control of you is through deception, isolation, abuse, gaslighting and undermining your self-confidence. That’s when…the devaluation phase has set in. You do whatever you can to regain privileged status. You try to recapture the excitement and sweetness of the idealization phase. You want to reclaim your rightful throne as the queen you thought you were in his eyes. But that’s an impossible goal, an ever-receding horizon…
Kakuzu is a character whom I appreciate a lot, because of his humor which many underestimates! Unfortunately, as almost everything the members of the Akatsuki, it is a character about whom we do not know many things. This analysis is going to seem to you very probably very strange because the love for the money is bound with some very weird psychological aspect! But I hope that will please you!
In his book “The machine to make gods”, Serge Moscovici, who is a talented sociologist and a psychologist, wrote :
“The money serves to explore the human subjectivity.’’
Indeed, the psychological disorders connected to the money are many, but the one which will interest us is moreover the most known : The Miser. (As Hidan said it so well of Kakuzu) The miser has no obsession, to accumulate and make fruit his money is his only purpose. But by hiding it, because his fortune symbolizes his power. The money becomes so intrinsic in his life and his personality. Just like Kakuzu.
In his psychoanalytical theories, Freud had established an infantile origin, by underlining a symbolism between the money and the reports of the child in his excrements. (After you read that, you will not see Kakuzu in the same way anymore ahaha) The excrements of the baby represent the first notion of present to his mother, and of exchange. The present of which he can deprive her. So Freud considered that the origin of the miserliness, for example, was in the retention of his most personal products in the early childhood.
BUT the parental models in the childhood can also be, a model who can stand out for life. If the parents have a normal report to the money, the child has all the chances to maintain healthy relations later with his money. On the other hand, if his childhood took place in a context of shortage, bankruptcies, inconvenient arrivals of bailiffs, financial conflicts, or unlike excessive prodigality, the adult will be strongly influenced by these parental plans, by reproducing them or by reacting against, but always violently.
Maybe when Kakuzu was a child, would have known with his family the poverty, and would have suffered from it. And that’s why he began his obsession with money.
Moreover, for those who saw the cinematics of video games "Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution”, we see Kakuzu’s clothes are really very precarious. They are clearly rags.
The word “violently” is very important in Freud’s theories because the one who suffered from this frustration of poverty will want to remedy it in a more or less violent way. It works with Kakuzu. He kills people to earn money.
His report with money would seem in reports with the trust. When he spokes with Zetsu, Kakuzu said that we can only trust in oneself and in the money because money doesn’t betray.
Betray? A possible reference to its hometown which totally rejected, while he had almost “to give” his life for the honor of his village, by going to fight Hashirama. Everybody who liked him and who believed in him rejected him after his defeat. This treason would have encouraged him to choose to love something else. Something which doesn’t betray: the money.
Concerning his immortality, I don't found a lot of things which could be really interesting. However, I remembered a sentence which comes from an analysis of Molière’s work, ‘’The Miser’’, and I found that could possibly correspond with Kakuzu:
“The money is necessary to spread the vitality of the life : We have to be in the beautiful age to enjoy it the most longer possible.”
It is maybe from there that comes Kakuzu’s desire for immortality : to live eternally, to be able to take advantage of his properties, contrary to Hidan’s immortality.
I’m sorry if you find the analysis very short but the notion ‘’money’’ doesn’t drive to many options. But I found this analysis funny and interesting to make because I had to look in my old psychology books to find what I looked for. I hope you enjoyed it! °’°’Ophélia°’°’
If and when he does something nice, it’s always instrumental: a means to his ends or to bolster his artificial good image. Dr. Jekyll is, in fact, always Mr. Hyde on the inside. And even though you may be capable of love, you’re not in love with the real him–the cheater, the liar, the manipulator, the player, the hollow, heartless being that he is–but with the charming illusion he created, which you initially believed but which becomes increasingly implausible over time. From beginning to end, all this phony relationship can offer you is a toxic combination of fake love and real abuse. He constructs the psychopathic bond through deception and manipulation. You maintain it through self-sacrifice and denial.
I read this quote today from Serge Moscovici and it made me think of Sam Harris and The Moral Landscape: ‘New and unexpected ideas in a science are not only due to the inspiration and the genius of an individual but also to his readiness to upset the conceptions which are current in his time.’