The danger of “righteous” irritation


Righteous irritation is a ploy to manipulate and shift guilt while maintaining the posture that you are the one who has been wronged. Righteous irritation, which is actually self-righteous irritation, is delivered in a voice that thinly masks the irritation on the inside.  For example:

“If it is really important, I’ll do that for you. I wouldn’t want to bother you.”

 “I am really tired, but I will find a way to get this done. You go ahead and relax.”

 “Do we really have to talk about this now? I have a lot on my mind at the moment, but we can talk now if you really need to.”

 “Sweetheart, this really better be important. You know how busy I am.”

 “I noticed that your room is still a mess. Do I have to do it for you? Sorry, I was irritated. I know you will get it straightened up eventually.”

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