II: THE CASE STUDY OF THE ORPHAN
We call a person who develops an over-identification with the Orphan a host. Becoming host is a conscious and calculated developmental process that engages one’s intellect and imagination. Although not always fully understood or openly admitted, this process is deliberate and methodical. Distinguishing the cognitive properties of this phenomenon is essential to drafting a comprehensive picture of the anatomy of the A-O.
The Orphan is housed within the psyche of the host through a process of adoption whereby the Orphan serves as a model of behavior for the host. The performance or mimicking of this model behavior is the enacting of the Agency of the Orphan. The A of O is a manifestation of the agencies of the Orphan: an adaptation of the Orphan’s unique abilities, a mimicry of the Orphan’s power.