Man Backed for Revealing to Family That ‘Sister’ is Actually Mom

Commenters in a viral internet forum supported a man after he revealed to a family member that his older sister is actually his biological mother, causing a fight to ensue.

The anonymous woman, known as u/wanted_the_truth, posted about her situation in Reddit’s popular “Am I The A**hole” forum where it received nearly 10,500 upvotes and 1,700 comments.

In an article written for Psychology Today by marriage and family therapist Sarah Epstein, she explained that there are three types of family secrets:

  • Individual secrets: A secret kept by one person and hidden from the entire family
  • Internal family secrets: involves two or more family members keeping information from other family members.
  • Shared family secrets: information that is known by the family but not to outsiders
A man went viral after revealing his older sister is actually his biological mom and that she began ignoring him once he found out. Many commenters supported the man for trying to find out the truth from his family members.
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According to Epstein, internal family secrets create subgroupings within families which can create strife and make individuals feel that they have to choose one side.

This is called split loyalty and occurs when an individual feels the need to choose one person over another due to the secret.

In the post titled “AITA for revealing my ‘sister’s’ truth to a family member that made everyone lose their s**t on my parents and her?” the man, 21, explained that he believed Grace, 40, was his older sister but recently found out that she’s actually his mother.

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