dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Passive Munchhausen's Syndrome by Proxy: a Foob tradition.

trumanf raised an interesting point; he surmised that Elly would be the ideal candidate to suffer from Munchhausen's Syndrome by Proxy. As we all know, she craves attention, adulation and sympathy and has a weak emotional bond with those around her. She doesn't see her children as people in their own right as such as she sees them as being means to an end so it occurred to him that she'd gladly do them harm to get pitied and shift dealing with them onto medical professionals. The only flaw with that is, of course, would be that actively doing them harm would be too much like work. It's more Elly's style to close her eyes and mind to the hazards that she witlessly places in front of them. This is why we have unlatched baby gates and open bottles of cleaning products on the floor; if they drink the Javex of their own free will, it's not really abuse. We later see Deanna doing the same stupid thing ignoring her kids as they did themselves harm and leaving them with a nitwit supervisor. I'd go so far as to say that if we'd continued in real time, we'd see Liz join Anthony in making the Caine house child-unfriendly.
Tags: child rearing disasters, one big oblivious family

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