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This is a question The passive-aggressive guilt trip

My mother is an expert in the guilt-trip. Last week she phoned to say "Happy Birthday" and, after a 10 minute conversation, finished with, "Well, I hope you have a nicer time than I did on the day you were born."

She also stated that she was going to kill herself when she reached 65. On Christmas Day morning. Having rung up to see if there was anything she could bring for lunch.

I think it's just a mother thing, but how good are your relatives and friends at the passive-aggessive?

(, Thu 13 Oct 2005, 9:52)
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A childhood and adolescence spent in a convent school in rural County Down
had obviously taught my ex girlfriend a lot about guilt and she had absolutely no qualms in organising guilt laden experiences for others.
Aside from the atypical "Of course I have no problem with you seeing your friends" dichotomy - indicating that a more serious problem lay elsewhere and that I was a mean and ignorant man for not knowing where (or even what) - she also liked to fall back on the old and trusted victim statement as in.."it's not you Rondolpho - it's me". She once sent me a postcard from her home town in Northern Ireland whilst on a random visit to her parents, telling me that she saw a clear need for us to spend time apart so that we could appreciate each other more when we were together, and hoped that I could trust that she wasn't spending time with any of her old flames (?). I had gone to a friends birthday party one night (in the same city as where we were living at the time!)and although I knew she wasn't particularly comfortable with me going (see -"Of course I have no problem with you seeing your friends" above -) i wasn't expecting her to FO back to Ireland and then make out that i had somehow indicated we should 'go on a break'.
Still - a childhood and adolescence spent in a dark wooden box being prodded by needles and fed offal had taught me to be a sociopath and successfully rendered me free of any feelings of guilt in connection with anything at all! So no harm done there then.
(, Sat 15 Oct 2005, 14:53, Reply)

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