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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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Mum's not an expert on guilt trips...
But she always manages to make me feel three inches tall whenever she visits or whenever I see her. She used to do everything for me when I was a little kid of only three years, and I mean EVERYTHING short of wiping my arse.

This of course seems to have stunted me as far as developing an ability to take care of myself - the apartment my girlfriend and I are currently sitting in is quite as messy as my bedroom back at home used to be, as Good Old Mum never trusted me to clean my room properly... And now, every time she comes over, she finds EVERY single thing I haven't picked up or cleaned, and cleans it herself - all the while ranting and raving about how I still haven't learned to take care of myself. Well, you never TAUGHT me how to take care of myself, woman! Who the hell ELSE am I going to learn it from if my parents don't teach it?

Last time she was over at our place she had to search for something to bitch about - and of course she found it, as we had forgotten to empty the cat's litter. She spent the next two hours mentioning to us, at regular intervals, that she could still smell the cat poo - although she'd been over for thirty minutes before she even FOUND it and hadn't said a damn word. I think she just got on our arses about it because she hates cats - and to be honest with you, I'm not entirely certain how she feels about me.
(, Mon 17 Oct 2005, 7:47, Reply)

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