I've been wanting to ask a question like this and was inspired to do so by today's post about OPs mother on MRP. My mother, the one who raised me to be a Mr nice guy, always succeeds in making me feel so small. The MRP stuff has been simple enough to implement with my wife and it gets easier by the day, but if I have to be honest I just can't figure out how to keep my mom from getting to me. She knows how to push my buttons because she put them there. She asks me specific questions about my life so she can criticize my answers so I find myself stammering for an explanation that won't make me look like the clueless helpless child she sees me as. Obviously she's been with me my entire life so I feel like she could see right through any of the MRP "tricks" because she knows exactly what she shaped me into. I don't see any posts on this sub in relation to how to handle an overbearing mother , just wives, and I'm sure we all have one. How do you detach yourself and get over all the shit someones own mother has put them through?