Competing With Her Child
It is possible to have difficult parental relationships for any number of reasons. Although this individual did not experience overt physical or verbal abuse at home, their mother found subtle methods to be unpleasant. Such behavior is never expected from a parent, especially a mother. It’s surely devastating for an individual.
Their parents were continually in a state of competition with them, especially when it came to academic achievement. Rather than being pleased that her child had earned a degree, she felt the need to brag about how much better her own grades were. To make matters worse, when confronted, she burst into tears and pretended to be the victim.