My sister has Michael Scott syndrome! What can I do?
August 19, 2010 6:22 PM Subscribe
What do I do about an attention-hungry relative? I am worried about how she will act at an upcoming funeral!
posted by hellameangirl to human relations (15 answers total)
Everyone know how Michael Scott on the Office needs to be the center of attention in all situations? My sister is like that, (she's 28) and it really gets to me. She has always said she wants to be an actress..but she is a BAD actress. It is especially bad at weddings, where she feels the need to act as the bride's maid of honor..even though she hasn't been given that role! If there is a microphone in the room, forget it. She'll insist on giving a speech for whatever reason, unasked.
The rest of us family and friends always smile uncomfortably and let it go, but heres why this issue I have with her has reached boiling point: our uncle died yesterday. She and I are both understandably sad. Our extended family got together to grieve with his immediate family. There were tears all around, yet who was crying the loudest and most dramatically? Not the widow, not my uncle's children or his siblings..but my sister! The funeral is this weekend and I'm terrified that she will 'steal the thunder' of his more immediate family somehow, such as making a speech and overly sobbing again.
Am I over-reacting? Should I try to ignore this pet peeve of mine? Or should I attempt to speak to her before the funeral and let her know that this is odd behavior, and in my opinion, disrespectful?
Does anyone else have someone like this in their family?