Straight Talk

People in my family try to make me feel guilty- A letter from Anna G.

Danice Akiyoshi

Danice Akiyoshi

By Danice Akiyoshi N.D.

Q: Why do people in my family try to make me feel guilty or like I’m a bad person when I stand up for myself?  Isn’t this a good thing?

A: Personally, I think it’s a very good thing.  Keep in mind that some people don’t deal well with conflict and some people are just plain cowardly.  They may resent you for being able to do what they can’t manage to accomplish in their own lives.  Do not let this lack of approval stop you from taking care of yourself.