by Lisa Longo, 6/9/13
Sometimes our children do amazing things. And we all like to brag about their amazing feats of agility, strength and intelligence. But sometimes you come across a parent who likes to bitch instead of brag. We’ve all met them, the drama queens who love to tell you every misery and mistake their child makes. The tall tale tellers who say they don’t want to create “more” drama, and then carry on with their melodramatic musings and pedantic pronouncements.
These parents take great pleasure in sharing their “misfortune” and seem to create circumstances that put their children in the worst possible light, but puts them in the spotlight. There is even a name for it, Munchausen Syndrome by proxy.
According to Wikipedia:
Münchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP or MBP) is a controversial term that is used to describe a behavior pattern in which a caregiver deliberately exaggerates, fabricates, and/or induces physical, psychological, behavioral, and/or mental health problems in those who are in their care
We’ve been friends with such a parent. And it isn’t easy. The constant catastrophes. The continual complaints and contrived circumstances that always end in this parent being “misunderstood”. The doctors who don’t get it. The hospital staff that won’t agree with her diagnosis. The therapists who give bad advice. It is hard to watch. We’ve had our concerns and tried to help, but you can’t help someone who is hell-bent on being the producer, director and star of their own scary movie. They simply don’t want the help. It dims their spotlight.
But I’ve come to the conclusion that this syndrome is actually a national problem. And the biggest victims are a few Republicans in the House and the conservative commentators on Fox and talk radio. Yes indeed, the Grand Old Party seems to have a bad case of “deliberately exaggerating, fabricating and inducing physical, psychological, behavioral and/or mental health problems in those who are in their care.”…
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