6 Bad Habits You May Have Picked Up From Your Parents
Much as TV and friends played a major role in shaping our opinions and mannerisms when we were growing up, our parents probably had the biggest impact on how we function and derive at decisions. After all, we spent many years watching them be an adult, so it should hardly be surprising that we now display some of their traits. And while there must be good things we picked up, there must also be bad habits. Whether or not we’re proud of them, they’re things we have to accept — or work on to eradicate.
You may or may not already be aware of the less than desirable habits you’ve picked up on your folks but here are some common ones to think about. Do they apply to you?
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1. Stressing about everything
If your parents freak out over everything and had no chill, you’re likely to be a worrywart too. Your stress may not necessarily surface in the same way it does for them, but that’s not to say your feathers aren’t easily ruffled. And if they have a temper or some sort of OCD, you’ve also probably inherited those.
2. Impulsive spending
We generally learn how to manage our finances from our parents, and if they’re the sort to spend money frivolously, you likely aren’t any more diligent about saving or investing your earnings than they are. Plus, if they’re into branded goods, you probably are too.
3. Being judgy
If your parents critique everything and everyone, it shouldn’t be surprising that you subconsciously do the same. And if they’re gossipy, you may also enjoy picking apart other people’s business even if you actually hate yourself for it.
4. Being too picky about food
How are you supposed to get used to, or appreciate, eating something when you were hardly exposed to it as a child? Likewise, if your parents didn’t care for eating well or eating in moderation, you probably see no issue with, say, getting McDonald’s delivered whenever you’re feeling hungry and lazy. Which might be pretty often.
5. Getting confrontational
If your folks have no qualms getting hostile and aggressive during times of conflict, you probably don’t see a need to show any restraint whenever you’re annoyed too. This may become a problem when you enter the “real” world — where things seldom go the way you want it and not everyone is, well, nice.
6. Being a bad partner
If your folks have unhealthy relationship dynamics, you’re likely to mimic some of their bad behaviours in your own relationship. This includes nitpicking, stonewalling and cheating. Basically, if they fight all the time or don’t talk to each other, you’ll need to be careful about the bad stuff that comes naturally to you in a relationship because of all you’ve picked up.