dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On meanies and pickyfaces.....

As I mentioned yesterday, the loathing and hostility Elly feels whenever her illusory competence is called into question is not unique to her; we're dealing with a family of people who aren't too bright and who aren't very good at what they do who react to even the most benign attempt to remind them of that fact with seething rage. We must also remember that they have a lot of false pride to sate so they cannot and will not admit that there might be something to the criticism of others; this means that they malign anyone who questions them by attributing to them the most selfish motives possible so that they do not have to face the concept that they themselves are in the wrong. That being said, there is one thing that can get them to override their default hostility towards those who would be unfair, cruel, selfish, hateful and mean by making them admit error: the need to be thought well of. We've seen that the Pattersons can approach civility if it's worth their while to do so; granted, given their inflated sense of self-worth, it's tough to find someone who impresses them enough to pay court to but it can be done.
Tags: one big oblivious family

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