She is overcompensating for her original parenting style.
Born in 1936 in Detroit, Michigan, Judith Guest graduated from the University of Michigan and got married in 1958.
Stillman, being the ass hole that he is, provokes Conrad and totally pisses him off, instead of fighting back the emotion and struggling to make things look good Conrad allows himself to feel anger, disregarding what others think he attacks Stillman.
This is one of the few times that Conrad allows himself to feel emotion and it is important for his recover because he needs to learn that it isn't bad to feel the way he did or even act on it.
The Authoritarian, the Permissive and the Authoritative Ordinary People Parents are perhaps the greatest influences in a person life.
They mentor us, shape us and model us into the type of people they would be proud of.The death of Buck, for instance, was a freak occurrence that came about as the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Comment on the role fate plays in the novel as opposed to free choice. The first important step on Conrad's recover is his tunnel dream and when he consults Berger about it.Conrad dreams that he is trapped in a tunnel and he is suffocating with the walls closing in on him, this reflects his current life, he is trapped in a paradox where he tries to feel good yet control everything and make it look good.Conrad simply asks if he can help set the table but Beth firmly tell him to not set the table and instead go clean his room.She is not letting Conrad get his way as she did pre-accident.Buck admits to his mother that he was in fact drinking and Beth simply responds with a laugh.When Beth and Calvin are talking about vacation, Beth refers to them going to where Buck wanted to go.Beth before Buck’s death was a permissive parent and changed to an authoritarian parent post Buck’s death and Conrad’s attempted suicide.Her authoritarian parenting style is her reaction to Buck’s death.