Why do I get angry with people close to me and how do I stop?
May 21, 2006 7:55 PM Subscribe
Why do I pick fights with people close to me and how can I stop? I'm not like this with friends, just relatives and S.O.
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (38 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I am a nice person to friends and strangers. I'm often complimented on my laid back friendly nature and my ability to stay even keeled at all times. But somehow with my parents, siblings, and boyfriend, I am very quick to get angry and pick fights. I've been this way my entire life. My parents NEVER fought in front of me, but I use to fight with my siblings a lot and throw tantrums. Now as an adult I still do this. I pick fights with my parents and siblings quite easily when I am around them in person (one time a year). And with my live-in boyfriend, I pick fights with him, get easily angry, and throw mini tantrums. One of these things happens about one a week. I'm like Dr. Jeckel and Mr. Hyde. Why would I do this? I want to stop. I don't have a normal relationship with anyone. PS, I have ADD but keep it very controlled in my public life (people usually are shocked to hear that I have ADD.)