At work, we were discussing parents, kids, and spouses who negatively affect their loved ones. My boss mentioned a behavior known as Münchausen syndrome by proxy:
Münchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP or MBP) is a controversial term that is used to describe a behavior pattern in which a caregiver deliberately exaggerates, fabricates, and/or induces physical, psychological, behavioral, and/or mental health problems in those who are in their care. Within the United States, factitious disorder by proxy (FDP or FDbP) is the leading alternative of this term, while in the United Kingdom, it is known as fabricated or induced illness by carers (FII).
With deception at its core, this behavior is an elusive, potentially lethal, and frequently misunderstood form of child abuseor medical neglect that has been difficult to define, detect and confirm.
Wow, who needs enemies?