Originally Posted by MaFrog
eheheh... its very profound - you're right! but you are a thoughtful guy, and very smart.
Hinata has to get confidence, we can all agree on that. She has to believe in what she has, she has the byakugan, for a start. I also believe that 'something' needs to happen to push her forward, maybe similar to what happened with Sakura.
Hinata's trouble is coming from her father, for whatever reason, he is not a good parent. He gives no encouragement. Still, from the anime I can see a change in their relationship, Im sure Hiashi has softened toward Hinata.
In a weird way, Hinata uses Naruto as her confidence boost. She does not get it from home, and so she must seek it somewhere else. Naruto fills that need she has.
yes, Naruto is about change, and he will change Hinata, but after saying that - yes, Hinata has to change herself. No one can change her, but her. She has to make the decision to change.
She just has to believe in herself, is all.
MaFrog, you're not doing any good to my already inflated ego.
Well, he runs a clan, so you'd think he'd be competent in running a family. I still severely doubt that he is a bad father by nature, nor is he a bad father because of his high expectations for Hinata. If it were that he simply has high expectations for Hinata, then he would have pushed her instead of casting her out. Think of a sports dad. They put tremendous pressure on their kids, they don't go and shun them when they don't do well.
She uses Naruto as someone to emulate. She sees his persistence and in wanting him to notice her, she tries to emulate his persistence, therefore driving her forward.
Naruto isn't going to change Hinata for her. He's going to be the catalyst for her change.
The problem is that her father kills all her belief in herself. Her only true belief in herself comes when Naruto is rooting for her during the Chuunin exams. Hinata will only truly become confident with Naruto at her side... which is a problem... without Naruto, she can't become confident enough to become strong enough to make Naruto notice her... well... unless you have extraneous circumstances.