I really like the correlation that you made here between the exposure of your tattoos to your parents and the dynamics of our relationships with others. It is true indeed, that we sometimes prefer to be oblivious to the things that happen around us. I guess in a way, it is our defense mechanism — rather be ignorant than be aware of some things that might destroy our cocoon of comfort. And it works on a retroverted course; the more significant the bond is, the thicker the cocoon. Like what you have mentioned before, it is the fear of disappointing and the fear of disappointment that push us to act in such a way — both out of one’s own free will and out of instincts.