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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
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Feral-verse - Contagion 4/? (FF7 AU) (very VERY rough draft)
56 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
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madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: September 20th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, he's a very social person, and after dealing with Sephiroth he certainly would have had the experience to handle Cloud.

People like Sephiroth and Cloud need to be handled with not just sensitivity, but also a certain level of firmness. You need to know when (and when not) to push and know just how hard to do it.

IRL I'd probably miss it too, because I tend to be pretty blind to social stuff.

It's an easy thing to miss, especially if you're unfamiliar with PTSD (e.g., lack personal experience or training) and/or if you're not looking for it.

Did he do that research before or after hearing about Cloud's near outburst? Either way it shows how differently he reacts to things than Tifa does. Unless an emotional problem's rubbed in her face Tifa, like Cloud, prefers to repress and pretend the problem isn't there. It sounds like Reeve's the sort who wants to learn everything he can about a problem, so he understands it, intellectually at least.

I would say that Reeve probably contemplated the possibility that Cloud might have psychological problems before the incident. And after the incident, he started zeroing in on specific possibilities to explain Cloud's behavior.

It sounds like Reeve's the sort who wants to learn everything he can about a problem, so he understands it, intellectually at least.

Yes, he does, doesn't he. ^_^ Reeve was probably instrumental in the construction of Cait Sith, which implies that he has a fairly high level of technical or scientific expertise and/or training. So it's very reasonable for Reeve to believe that the best way to solve a problem is to understand it thoroughly.

Also, unlike Tifa, he doesn't idealize or romanticize Cloud. So while he naturally hopes that he was wrong about Cloud having severe mental issues, he's much more open-minded about the whole subject. Also, being the head of WRO, he has fairly easy access to good sources of information (e.g., the Shinra medical and scientific personnel).
jessara40k From: jessara40k Date: September 21st, 2007 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
People like Sephiroth and Cloud need to be handled with not just sensitivity, but also a certain level of firmness. You need to know when (and when not) to push and know just how hard to do it.

True. If you don't push then they're never going to open up to you.

I would say that Reeve probably contemplated the possibility that Cloud might have psychological problems before the incident. And after the incident, he started zeroing in on specific possibilities to explain Cloud's behavior.

Makes sense.

Reeve was probably instrumental in the construction of Cait Sith, which implies that he has a fairly high level of technical or scientific expertise and/or training. So it's very reasonable for Reeve to believe that the best way to solve a problem is to understand it thoroughly.

Yeah, that fits.

Also, being the head of WRO, he has fairly easy access to good sources of information (e.g., the Shinra medical and scientific personnel).

Even if they did deny the existence of PTSD for public consumption ShinRa would need to know how to deal with it themselves, in case one of their SOLDIERs had problems.
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: September 22nd, 2007 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
And that's not going to help the humans' case at all, is it?

Nope, not at all. Cloud's enhancements already make him feel isolated. Messing around with Sephiroth is only going to exacerbate that feeling.

Hmmm. Guess it depends on the set up. Zack is involved in my Keeper-verse, but even if he wasn't I've given them a telepathic/empathic link to compensate for their reluctance to speak to each other. With Responsive I had a required teacher-student relationship beforehand, and Sephiroth has a strong enough sense of duty to make that work by force of will. In Chosen, pre-Nibelheim, you've just about nailed what sort of relationship Sephiroth and Cloud had, and in my Handler continuity Zack's still their friend, a fairly close friend.

Well, that sort of illustrates my point, I think. The Cloud-Sephiroth relationship really needs the involvement of a Zack or some another mechanism (e.g., a telepathic/empathic link) in order to allow the relation to develop on an emotional level. But that's just my personal opinion....
56 hisses or Hiss in my ear....