Hax: Neglectful mom sees herself as hero

  • Article by: CAROLYN HAX , Wire services
  • Updated: February 10, 2013 - 3:42 PM
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jeanm436Feb. 11, 13 5:56 AM

Re: the first letter. It's very possible the other siblings are receiving the exact same treatment as the letter writer.

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hecklesFeb. 12, 13 1:03 PM

jeanm436, I agree she may see this distorted and this may just be mom. Or maybe the scenario is reversed and mom does do a lot for daughter but she just doesnt see it.

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hecklesFeb. 12, 13 1:05 PM

Im curious as to why the answer always seems to be to break up. People evolve and the couple in letter 2 are probably young and both have lessons to learn in life. Yes it sounds as though he may be immature but if you really care why not try to work it out first then split if it doesnt work?

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chilailiFeb. 15, 1311:36 AM

LW1: It sounds as tho the mother here suffers from mythomania. A condition where someone lies constantly and actually believes their own lies. My mother has this in spades! Every incident in her life gets rewritten to make her the hero or the event much more dramatic than it really was, just so other people are left gasping at how exciting her life must be. Sometimes this has been tremendously damaging to our relationship. The best thing you can do is a) stop spending time with her so you don't hear her lies, b) stop spending time with her so she doesn't have any more ammo and c) stop telling her things about yourself that she can then twist around. Hopefully your immediate family and friends know the truth and that's enough for you. Just remember, one day the lies will stop. She can't live forever.

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