Soon, I’ll be hanging out with my father-in-law. And I was telling a group of my friends the other day that I wish we got along more and they were asking why we didn’t in the first place. I couldn’t pinpoint why but he has sudden emotional outbursts, thinks that people are overly sensitive, doesn’t really seem to be aware of how others feel and genuinely lacks empathy for others.
After talking it through, my psychology friend had the lightbulb moment about how it sounds like he has a low social IQ and I think that’s exactly right! Because I know he doesn’t mean the way he acts but when he’s generally put into social situations, I can’t relate to how he reacts. Understanding a little more about what having a low social IQ entails would be helpful on figuring out how to prepare to hang out with him. Is anyone else dealing with this? Any advice?