I guess my mother has always been a negative person, but it just seems really pronounced over the last few years. As my life unfolds in ways that I feel are healthy, happy, and productive, her negativity stands out more and more in contrast.
In my day to day life I am striving for goals, I am doing work that I find fulfilling, I am raising a 2 year old with another on the way, and I am very happily married. I think family is important, especially for small children. My mother does love my daughter, and wants to be around. We live about 70 miles away from each other, so we don't see each other every day, but usually once every week or so. If I didn't have a child, I would probably see her much less because being around her is rather unpleasant.
My mother is a perfectly literal example of a negative person. Everything that comes out of her mouth is negative or bad. Every single thing. She likes to complain, and does so about a multitude of things. She will tell you everything that is wrong with her job, her health, her finances, other family members. She will tell you every bad news story she heard that week. She will tell you bad things that are going on in other people's lives. Any time you eat with her, she will find something negative to say about the meal you cooked. She complains to servers at restaurants. She complains to cashiers about prices of things at stores. She's that lady. Sitting in a room with her you can almost feel the black cloud above you. It is exhausting to be around her.
Sometimes I dream of just not answering her calls, or having to sit in a room with her... I would not tolerate this kind of behavior from anybody else that I know. Since she is my mom, I find myself trying to find a way to improve the situation, since my having to see her is not going to cease.
Some questions I ponder often:
Is it ever a good idea to confront someone about their personality flaws?
If so, does it ever help facilitate change?
Also if so, What is the right way in which to approach someone about a difficult thing like this? How can you tell them in a way that makes them want to change?
Do you think this is something that needs to be addressed?
Anybody that has answers to these questions, or a story of how they have dealt with a negative person in their life please reply!
The last few times I've seen her I have found it really hard not to say something about this, it is weighing heavily on my mind.