There's nothing quite like an emotional ambush to make you want to cut someone off forever. Regardless of whether it's well-meaning or in bad faith, being forced to face someone you've cut contact contact with by a "mediator' can be a horrible experience.
In a popular post on the AITA subreddit, a man asked if he's wrong for leaving during an intervention his mom held. He wrote:
This happened on Friday. I'm so beyond upset right now and have gone NC for the immediate future with my Mom. My (36 M) sister Jane (34 F) have no relationship. She's my sister by blood only. I'll try to be as unbiased as possible here, but she did some pretty crappy things when our Father died.
Things like withholding information about his estate, attempting to sell his home and split the profits with his fiancé against my knowledge, not actually being physically there when he died in hospice, etc. Afterward, she would continuously gaslight me to the point that I went NC with her back in 2018. My life has been so much better without her in it. My Mom Brenda (60 F) is not a fan of this.
She was divorced from my Father and, even though I loved him so much, I have to admit that he wasn't the greatest parent in some aspects (we lived with him). My sister and I not having a great relationship is, mostly in part, his fault. Brenda doesn't like that her two only children have a dead relationship and is constantly trying to fix it. After being in therapy, I've started learning how to erect and enforce boundaries.
I don't like it when my Mom attempts to "fix" our relationship and I call her out on it (gently) each time. For example, a few weeks ago, she mentioned how she wasn't going to name neither me nor Jane as the executor until we "fix our s$%t". I calmly told her I didn't think that was appropriate to say or do and that I didn't like how she isn't taking into account my feelings and why I chose to go NC with Jane.
My wife and I flew in to go visit Brenda this past Friday. My wife and I recently had a son a year ago so we wanted to visit his grandma. We walked in and were met with half the family standing there (including Jane who was sitting) claiming that they were doing an intervention. On my relationship with Jane. I was speechless. I looked at my Wife who was just as flabbergasted as I was.
I said I'm not doing an intervention and this is enormously inappropriate. My Mom went into this tirade of how I'm a grown adult and this behavior is childish. I need to make up with my sister so we can put all of this behind us. We immediately left. My Mom followed us out while asking why I couldn't do the adult thing and just talk to my sister. Baby was crying. We got into the car and booked a hotel.
I booked a new flight for tomorrow and I'm trying my best not to look upset for the baby. My wife says she had nothing to do with this and would never sanction it if she knew. My wife's phone and mine have been blowing up non-stop with the family accusing me of being a "drama queen" and hurting my Mom's feelings.
The only family member I didn't go NC with is my Step Dad who sent me a simple apology text. With all these text messages, I'm starting to doubt myself. My next therapy session isn't until next Friday and I'm not sure how to feel. AITA for going NC with my Mom?
Wow! Nope! NTA ! That was absolutely inappropriate and wildly asinine on Brenda's part. I understand that she wants her kids to get along, but the time for insuring that they did was when you two were young, not when you are both grown-a$$ adults!
The fact that Brenda did that when you had your new baby with you, essentially putting the baby in the middle of an extremely emotional and potentially volatile situation says a lot about how little Brenda cares about the emotional well-being of others.
I would definitely send Brenda a letter (or email) explaining how that made you feel, and outlining that you will no longer be accepting contact from her unless she stops trying to 'fix' things. If she replies with an argument, you let her know she is now no longer welcome to contact you and you block her and you move on with your life.
NTA. I feel your pain. I was forced into an intervention about my sister years ago. I wish I had been as bold as you to get up and leave. I had to deal with years of drama and manipulation due to not going NC. I am finally NC now and things are better for me. Do what you have to do to protect your peace and protect your family. Your sister showed what kind of person she is. She isn’t going to change.
NTA. Your mother is way out of line. Interventions are not for damaged relationships. Interventions are for addicts or those who are otherwise destroying their own lives. But choosing to be no contact with Jane, as far as I can tell, is not harming you in the least.
This wasn't an intervention. It was your mother trying to impose her will on you and attempting to force a reconciliation. That aside, suppose you decided to go along with it. Given what you've shared about Jane's character, I'm sure she would do her level best to make everything seem like it was all your fault. You wouldn't have been heard and you would have been blamed for everything.
How do I know this? Because Jane was already present and apparently decided to go along with this. She was sitting in the room, apparently wise to what was going on. If I were a gambling man, I'd bet money she's got her little spiel planned. Even if this were an intervention to get you and Jane to repair your relationship, why are you the only one being ambushed?
Shouldn't both you and Jane be caught off guard, instead of just you? Everyone involved in this "intervention" has already framed you as the bad guy, the one who needs to be to fixed. Props to your stepdad. Sounds like he knew this was a bad idea going in.
NTA. I'm NC with my sister and have told my mother numerous times that I am not interested in contact with her, I do not want her telling my sister my business (even telling her this one specific fact must never be shared with her and she did it anyway), I do not want to be involved with her in any way.
It's downright disrespectful to try to force you to deal with this toxic person in your life for her feelings. If Jane wanted to apologize or try to make amends, she can do it privately, not by manipulating you into a position you do not want to be in by making a spectacle of it. That's not okay at all, and I would have done the same in your position.
I just had it out with my mother for sharing the details I specifically asked her not to share and I'm still pissed about it. Live your life how you need to live it. If they want you in theirs, they need to respect your choices and your limits.
NTA! Go NC and live a better life. Ask your mum to shove it before you block her.
Clearly, OP is NTA here - it's high time he get space from this toxic dynamic.