I’m not suffering from Joan of Arc syndrome

jacdac

Senior Member
Lebanese
I see the look you’re giving me, Moshe. I know I can’t change the world. I’m not suffering from Joan of Arc syndrome. Those things are what I want for him, but if all I can do is spare him from the guilt, I’ll have done something worthwhile.”
Source: The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
Context: Jane Haw is speaking to retired forensics psychiatrist Dr Moshe.

I am not suffering from Joan of Arc syndrome means I am not suffering from manic depression, or bipolar syndrome or brilliance madness, right?

Thank you.
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    It means "I know I can’t change the world". Joan of Arc was a farmer's daughter who inspired France to reject an English occupation (or inspired the French to rebel against their legitimate Norman king, if you prefer :D )
     
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