Queen Cersei I, on 18 April 2012 - 09:48 PM, said:
Though Cersei displays plenty of "textbook sociopath" behavior, I'd say this is not one of those times. Her point wasn't that love was weakness; it was that Robert had the need to be loved but was not willing to pay the price for it-- he wanted the adoration and admiration, without the messiness and self sacrifice that comes with real love.
Hmmm... Well, I admit I don't have the context for the quote, but unless that explains it, I don't see that your reading is necessarily the only one. If you think it explained within the quote as given, I'm assuming you mean that because of his choice of sources...ie, lazy ones. But it could also be explained by not getting it at home (Not making a Freudian analogy), an insatiability for love, etc. Even being lazy about love wouldn't imo qualify as a disease, and I think that line being so cliche sociopath and Cersie being sociopath also line up.
But as I said, you may well have a context which completely disproves my point, and I also have always argued against the idea of Cersei as inherently unintelligent specifically because she shows moments of significant perception/lateral thinking,.
Similarly, Tyrions perception of love is similar for different reasons. Whereas Robert is just straight up cowardly when it comes to weathering difficult emotional issues or withstanding blows to his pride (as Cersei notes, he wants pure, unquestioning love and adulation), Tyrion has a deep fear that he is unlovable and thus pays people to emulate love. He then secretly hopes for love in return, while not making the sacrifices and giving himself in the way that is necessary for true love. He wants love and devotion from Shae, for instance, but refuses to truly open himself up to her and make himself vulnerable, listen to her concerns, and bond with her on any real emotional level.
I don't really disagree with any of this except I don't think its as clear as you make it re: Shae.
As I've mentioned before, I think his expectations of loyalty from both she and Bronn were sort of half-hearted.
I think it was the degree
of her not loving him/turning against him that truly shocked him. Not that she would testify against him to save herself, but that she would volunteer information no one else knew she even had to help convict him, be in his father's bed, etc. I's somewhat the same with his father...I think he was pretty clear on his father despising him, but the degree to which his father would hurt him caught him off guard, and lead to the whole murder spree.