1. Not only unwilling to admit they are wrong, but arguing verbally with you to the death about how right they are that in the end you have to back down or risk a bigger wrath from other equally “adult” people, but instead you look as if you were wrong and that was why you backed down when you were not! Extremely apparent with parents, older relatives and cankanterous geriatrics.
2. Being extremely patronising to you when you try to share your own experience or knowledge about something they think they know better. Most likely to spew out this phrase: I’ve eaten more salt than you have eaten rice.
3. Practising double standards that work in their favour. Like turning on the volume on the tv really loud watching some absolutely disgustingly cheesy vcd karaoke of some doggone music group from their generation while you attempt to finish a paper due two days later, but god forbid you do the same for your favourite tv show. Or having their noisy friends over when you’re sick and would appreciate a quieter environment more than usual, but god forbid you make any sort of noise with your friend even when nobody is sick.
4. Forgetting things that you have been reminding them for days, and when you get exasperated at their frequent loss of recent memories, they start exhibiting their uncanny talent for remembering things so long ago by recounting all your flaws and mistakes committed in the past, in each and every argument you have. It’s like being equipped with a small revolver while your opponent has a machine-gun; little wonder do you have to resort to doing no. 1.
5. Extolling their personal virtues and good deeds in contrast to your revolting flaws by elaborating in detail exactly what they do for you every day, like washing your clothes, cooking for the family, paying for your schooling etc but conveniently does not give you credit in return for what you have done, like taking the day off work to help them when they sprained their arms, or helping them with certain household chores. When pointed out, you would be snapped back: but I didn’t ask you to do it! or Hmmph, those are such little contributions in comparison to what I do for the family!
6. Spewing your flaws and basically telling you what a useless person you are and how ungrateful you are, but when speaking to friends and distant relatives, would boast about your achievements in work/school and life, as if taking credit for what you have strived for yourself! Applies only to biased family members.
Yes, am considered to be legally an adult, but in these scenarios, being considered a person is almost a blessing!
Note: Hope some readers who consider themselves adults would not be offended by this post. It is just a whimsical rant at this moment of time. Other times am very awed by adults and in constant admiration for some.