Family feuds are tough to deal with -- separation from family because of religion is not easy to deal with either. Sibling rivalry kept Joan de Havilland and Olivia de Havilland from speaking to each other for decades long after everyone else in their family was dead. They never reconciled with each other. Never stop trying -- before it's too late.
I love Joan Fontaine -- she stands among my favorite actresses, especially in her performance as Rebecca. I wonder if she went to her death regretting her decision to remain forever parted from her sister.
I agree with what you say about reconciliation. Never stop trying.
We all have finite lives -- and only a small time on earth to be with our spouses, mother and father, brothers and sisters.
Sometimes we can't even remember the nature of the argument that led to a spat with a loved one -- but the rift remains.
There are over 7 billion people on the earth. If having a close relationship with those who share more genes with you isn't working out well, there are PLENTY of others in the EXTENDED human family with which to create a family of choice.
Just because nature has thrown you together with toxic family members, doesn't mean you shouldn't jettison them for people who love, respect, and treat you as you deserve to be treated.
Clearly the De Havilland sisters were blessed with genes that gave them outstanding looks, the ability to appear natural on camera, and the capacity for grudgeholding and lifelong estrangement.
Sure, from the outside it would be "better" if they were best friends, but who knows what they were both feeling? Clearly the estrangement worked for them, AND they'll be talking about it 100 years from now as the classic Hollywood story. Hurrah to both of them for playing their parts so well.
Some people are born into fabulous families, and can bridge the chasm that disagreements cause.
Others are born into families where abuse, whether it be emotional, physical, sexual, or religious, is the norm. I see no compelling reason why I should attempt reconciliation with such people simply because I share DNA with them.
The saying is "You can't choose your family, but you CAN choose your friends".
You don't know the why of the broken relationship. If its important or trivial, take everyone to a counselor. Counselors WILL tell you to stop trying to have a relationship with the psycopath or wtf are you no longer talking to your sister because she is no longer Mormon or got the doughnut you wanted. Too many people are forced into toxic relationships and become co dependent because of what others think.
My sister has a textbook personality disorder. Her name should be in the DSM as a classic example. I love my sister. I never turn her away when she asks for help or calls. HOWEVER, I know she can/will turn on me in a flash for the most trivial of reasons. I also know she cares nothing about me. I may share her DNA but she has no true caring for me. Her life revolves around her. I don't hate her but I don't enjoy her either. Most of all I fear her as she has done some pretty scary things. What works best is to keep my mouth shut whenever I'm forced to be around her. I've been fortunate to live most of my life far from her by choice and that has worked really well. But now, with my mother aging and my sister unable to care for her properly, I am forced to be in much closer contact than is really comfortable for me. It is a strain to endure contact with my sister as she can be sweet as honey one minute and turn vicious in a flash. I've never done anything to set her off but it happens anyway. It's just her.
My two cents is that there is a big difference between a relative who holds onto a grudge and a relative who has a disordered mind. Either way, one needs to protect themselves both emotionally and physically from damaging people. Amen.
I agree, sometimes the healthiest thing to do is to distance yourself from a toxic relative. I have a mentally unstable uncle who I decided that it was best to completely cut off contact with him. If spending time with toxic relatives is causing one stress related health problems, then it's often best to avoid that toxic person. Believe me, making that decision to cut that toxic relative out of my life wasn't easy, but in the end, my health was starting to suffer.
The male parental unit died a couple years ago. I had not seen him for more than 20 years. I heard he never changed and he was a self centered child abusing bully. Never regretting cutting those ties years ago. I only wished I had the guts to do it sooner.
I've never actually cut out anyone in my family, but there are certain relatives that I'm glad have died, because I don't have to listen to all of their racist, gossip-y, two-faced, ignorant dreck anymore.
Like my step-grandfather, who--before my birth--was an active KKK member in his home state and was very proud of it...before he moved across a number of states to get to the state where I was born. A totally hateful, despicable, cruel, abusive man--not ever to me, but to my Mom, my Aunt, and to their two step-siblings: my other aunt and my uncle. The day he died was one of the better days of my life, because after that I didn't have to be scared of him anymore.
Some people, for very good reasons, deserve to be cut out of their relatives' lives.
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