Monday, 29 December 2008

Now there’s passive aggressive for you.

Had a priceless example yesterday of dysfunctional intrafamily communication.

You know how it is. The family are around, doing that “Family time together” thing. Everyone is being ever so ever so. No-one wants to be criticised. Everyone wants to be loved.

So Gramps asks “Can I have the news on at ten past six, please?”

“Of course,” I say, “What time is it now?”

“Ten past six”

Arrrgh! Just ask me to turn the TV on!

What would he have done if I hadn’t asked the time?

In asking the time, was I playing into his game? Was I being played?

Resentment follows.

What passive aggressive exchanges have you been tickled by this Christmas?

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