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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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I'm not sure if this counts - my parents are generally guilt-trip free and get angry if I even humourously refer to myself as a "shotgunner" (for fuck's sake, mum was six months pregnant with me when they married!). But I got this doozy recently...

I bought a book of medical stories from the op-shop for a friend of mum who's a nurse, and since it's her friend I left it at mum's place. Later mum asked me "Did you read that story by the lady who was making it impossible to gas yourself in cars?"

Er... no, I missed that one. What was that about then?

"Well, she developed a kind of petrol that won't let you gas yourself if you try to put a hose over the exhaust. I was most disappointed, that was the way I planned to commit suicide."


Both of my parents are admirers of folk like Philip Nitschke and last time I was at home, were asking if I'd seen a recent documentary about a lady who wanted to kill herself, not for any particular reason, just because old age sucks dick and she wants her hand on the rudder when it's time to go.

I'm not sure whether to worry or start planning my investment portfolio.
(, Mon 17 Oct 2005, 13:16, Reply)

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