Empathy Intervention – Komal Mittal

My roommate comes from a very privileged background. Having a family that can afford nearly any request, she has rarely been told no or not gotten what she wanted. The other day, we were on our way to a friend’s house. We were catching up, talking about our days, when she told me her and her parents got into a fight. When I asked her about what, she said it was because she didn’t have a car. Lately, she had been spending a lot of money on Ubers and food, disregarding how much she was spending. When her parents asked her about spending $500 in two weeks, she got mad at them and blamed her spending on them because she didn’t have a car. I have often seen her yell at her parents on the phone for not giving her money or for not giving her what she wants. Whenever I see her yelling at her parents, disrespecting them and not appreciating everything they do for her, I instantly think how she’s acting very spoiled and bratty. However, she has never done or seen anything otherwise. This type of behavior is normal to her. Her parents never say no and they continue to give her what she wants. Since she has never seen or experienced anything else, this is her normal. I try to keep that in mind whenever she goes off about her parents not buying her a new phone, not buying her a new car, or whenever they comment about her spending.

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