There's a book with this title. I've thumbed through it in a bookstore years ago, but I've never read it.
What got me thinking about this is a post by Cameron. His divorce is impending. He has many concerns. A major one is telling his parents. I felt the same way. In the end I didn't tell them, and they found out from someone else. I would have told them eventually, but I dreaded even thinking about it.
I'm wondering why it's so easy for some people to tell their parents anything, and for others they would rather jump into a fire. Please don't say the latter group are cowards. It's far more complicated than that. I still don't understand. Maybe this is not the fault of the parents, and it's happening for some other reason. I don't mean to jump to the conclusion that toxic parents are the cause. I don't know what Cameron's situation is.
Could it be an intense fear of disappointing your parents? Fear of a horrible reaction? Fear of irreparable harm to the relationship? Maybe it's a fear that's all in our own head and unfounded in fact?