Conflict with the in-laws is so common, it’s a cliché and a punchline (and an entire Ben Stiller movie genre) for a reason. Still, when you’re in the thick of it, it can be tough to imagine how anyone else’s situation could possibly compare. Let’s pull back the curtain on that one, shall we? One extensive study found “60 percent of women admitted the relationship with [a] female in-law caused them long-term unhappiness and stress.”
Why does it all have to be so damn hard? (And why is it that weddings make literally everyone become unhinged?) Some psychologists suggest it’s all about daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law being in evolutionary competition to be the family’s “head female.” Others blame the fact that you are just too damn good looking. The point is: You are not alone in your in-law angst. Here, stories from six women (who chose to remain anonymous for obvious reasons) that prove it.