I have been comparing notes with a few fellow survivors. It seems I’ve been overlooking the annoying and persistent habit of the narcissistic sociopath’s use of baby talk! (It was creepy enough that I’m sure it’s my sub-conscience protecting me.)
The boy in my story always pulled out the baby talk when he wanted something. He was a needy bastard (probably like the sociopath in your life, huh?).
Baby talk disarms us. It’s condescending and disrespectful. It’s not meant to soothe (like with real babies).
Baby talk is used to put us in our place.
Exhibit A (There are many other examples, but this one sticks out today):
The sociopath used baby talk on my son who was far from being a baby at 5-years-old.
My son responded to it with, “Why are you talking to me with that voice? I’m not a baby. Please stop it, Wooben?” (My son had a cute way of pronouncing his Rs.)
Would ‘Wooben’ stop?
Fuck no! The douche would speak with an even higher-pitched and more annoying voice and proceed to call my son a “baby” and a “midget” and a “momma’s boy.” The sociopath would get directly in my son’s face and follow him if my son tried walking away from the idiot.
What was the result?
My son cried. My son’s behavior resembled the “baby” the sociopath wanted my son to be.
The sociopath would respond to my son’s crying with, “See! You are a baby.”
This is abuse. This is sick and twisted behavior. Don’t put up with it, especially if you have children repeatedly subjected to the sociopath.
Image note: That’s my adorable niece who I love talking baby talk to. Why? Because she’s a baby and that’s what babies like. 🙂