dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The walk-away syndrome.

One thing that I've noticed is that the Pattersons don't seem to spend too much time reassuring their children when they're feeling sad. Usually, Elly just walks away from the child without saying a thing; the reason that Mommy doesn't waste time reassuring her children isn't just that she thinks that they're faking it to get attention. There are deeper currents of failure at work; one must, for instance, take into consideration that a Patterson rarely wants to be made to feel bad about deeds most people would assign to a continuum between the adjectives "ill-considered" and "despicable." Elly, for instance, doesn't really want to be made to feel bad about threatening (or, for that matter, dishing out) disproportionate physical aggression as a response to non-events nor does she like to have her arbitrary and foolish behavior questioned. This fear of losing credibility would be bad enough if it weren't for another horrible trend; simply put, the Pattersons and their kind aren't moved to sympathy when they see someone in need. They instead are disgusted by the spectacle of people who want help; since they have no conscience and are incapable of empathy, they fear that the misfortune will spread to them. This is why, as a for instance, that Anthony had to leave his marriage; his evil wife wanted him to feel bad when he was the victim. Not only was he forced to dress like an adult and eat food like a human being, she expected him to live up to pledges he didn't want to so he was clearly worse off than she was.

Tags: one big oblivious family

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