I’ve directly asked my sister-in-law to stop her inappropriate advances to my husband, but she ignores me. She feels entitled to be familiar with him because she’s been in the family so long. We live several states away because my husband can’t be close to them. My dilemma is that we are supposedly all going on a girl's retreat to work on blending the families, but I honestly want nothing to do with them.
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My mom has never been a stable mother and is known to make up stories to make others look bad to take the light off herself and her wrongdoings. How do I confront my sibling to find out if something really did happen? And what do I do if she has made up this horrible story?
We tend to think of our memories as faithful videos of reality. “I remember that clearly—as if it happened yesterday.” We are often mistaken—especially when the memory is about something that matters to us. The problem is especially pronounced with recalling emotional experiences—times when we were hurt or mistreated.
They started out as friends and then she confessed her love for him. He wasn’t ready at that time, but over time, he developed deep feelings for her. She had moved on by that time, so they never worked out. I don’t know why, but I feel jealous and insecure about his feelings for her.
We have an adult son who has serious emotional and relationship problems that started when he was a child. Despite our efforts, he still struggled to relate to others, manage his emotions, and be socially appropriate. He’s now engaged to a lady who he’s only known a short time. I'm concerned about what she’s getting herself into.
There must be a quirk in human wiring that we respond to physical distress with strong and automatic compassion. Yet we respond to emotional distress with investigation and veiled accusation. Can we learn to show compassion to children hurt by life?