Is Natalie's protection of her mother a reversal of roles? Does it happen often nowadays? Any personal experiences?

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Re: Is Natalie's protection of her mother a reversal of roles? Does it happen often nowadays? Any personal experiences?

Post by Mercy Bolo » 08 Jun 2018, 03:57

It's a reversal of roles, but I applaud Natalie for not accepting abuse as a regular occurrence. Deep in her heart, she knew that it was wrong and made an effort to protect her mother, who seemed to be flowing with the status quo.
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Post by elivia05 » 10 Jun 2018, 23:06

I definitely feel the reversal of parenting roles in this story. I work for an attorney and I see these situations on a daily basis. It is sad, but it is a prominent event in today's society.

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Post by Zain A Blade » 14 Jun 2018, 14:42

I read in some psychology book that reversal of roles happens a lot in dysfunctional families and, in fact, it is the number cause of incest in a family. It is said that when the mother fails to fulfil her role and matrimonial duties in the home, the young girl unconscious feels obliged to step in and fulfil her mother's role in order to keep the family together, even if it means sleeping with her own father. It sounds sick, right? But that's human psychology for you.

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