– I don’t care if you scream at your kid because you guys are in the grocery store and your kid has been wailing about you not buying chocolate cereal.
– chances are, at that stage, yelling only attracts attention, but bro, we feel you; even the stranger twenty year old who has never had kids before.
– but if your kid is only asking you a question or asking for permission for the second birthday party of their life (at 18 years of age) or conversing happily with a sibling; and you come out of the blue to angrily tell them to shut up…
– so that they are literally scared of doing everything normal in life, and become extremely anxious at loud noises, yes, including those benevolent explosion-sneezes from the man who lives next door
You, yes you, are pretty darn heartless.