Abusive, narcissistic parents don’t work on logic — that’s a fact that hopefully you know by now. There is often no rhyme or reason to their accusations, because their reality is determined solely by their subconscious feelings. They will attempt to ignore any evidence that suggests they are wrong, leaving you frustrated that you are unable to talk any sense into them. However, there are a few things they will say that pretty much always mean they don’t have any reasonable arguments for why they want you to follow their demands, and are now trying to emotionally manipulate you into complying instead. Don’t fall for them!
- “I gave birth to you, raised you, provided food/water/shelter, etc.”
- “You’re so ungrateful.”
- “You are being disrespectful. If you don’t respect me, I won’t respect you.”
- “Don’t [look at / talk to] me like that.”
- “You must not love me.” / “If you really loved me…
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