For about a decade, I’ve been handling a cycle of bullying from an in-law. It’s difficult to predict what will set it off — it seems to be different each time — and my therapist has suggested that this person might suffer from a personality disorder.
But whatever the reason for it, I just need to be able to handle it.
It’s not exactly like a workplace bully — I can’t just quit my family. But I’d like to be able to not focus on this person while at family gatherings and somehow enjoy myself with the people there that I love. Anyone else dealt with a bully in the family? -Ronnie
We’ve had posts on how to maintain relationships with difficult family members, and how to end relationships with difficult family members. But what if you don’t want to actively maintain a relationship, nor can you actually end one?
What do you do when there’s a bully in your extended family?