If a man ignores a woman who is sure of herself, if he runs after another woman in her presence, she only thinks he has had bad taste. She is so sure of herself that it does not annoy her. But if she has insufficient self-esteem, the abysm of hurt feelings and resentment wells up.
A woman with a negative mother complex is always threatened with the resentful, hurt feelings that keeps welling up on every occasion when a man does not agree with her, or if another woman steps on her corns.
Her greatest task is to overcome her resentful anger. Such woman will nurse a hurt for years, put it in a drawer,and bring it out again and again; she follows the archetypal pattern of the goddess.
~ Marie Louise V Franz, The Femenine in Fairy Tales