hey guys --
so my mom is the most amazingly kind, thoughtful, upbeat, encouraging, productive person that i know. and her social skills are OFF THE CHARTS.
but my dad and brother are INTPs, and they like blathering about how smart they are all the time. and they are, which is the most annoying thing about it, but in a very intellectual way. they're kind of socially incompetent and avoidant about a lot of things. and they're very critical, which doesn't help.
so the problem is, my mom feels like she isn't smart in comparison
this is the woman who taught me to read when i was four, she is incredible with kids, she manages our entire household and family plans and the bills and cleaning and maintenance, she juggles like 5,000 responsibilities and keeps herself in awesome shape physically and makes way less of a salary than she ought to (she's a special ed teacher). i try to tell her this a lot and how freaking brilliant i think she is, but i'm not sure she really believes me.