Our expert says:
Hmm, I thought I had offered at least SOME advice to the lady, suggesting some alternative explanations for a situation such as she described. Of course, you're right, alcohol also could help explain the problem, though I would have expected that to be obvious enough to her for her to have mentioned it more emphatically. I like the point I think you make, that older women, even when somewhat disinhibited, tend to be rude politely. Its a bit like my observation I remember discussing with Noam Chomsky, of how people with marked brain damage and dementia, even when the content of their speech no longer made sense, tended to speak non-sense with proper grammatical structure. As though some skills are programmed at a deeper level in the brain than others, and not always in the order one might expect.
I did not feel able to give concrete advice before a diagnosis was clear, before it was clear what was causing the situation she found unpleasant.
And I must point out that you also copped out here --- though an experienced counseling psychologist, you also give no advice ( unless you added it to the previous thread, which I don't see once I have made my initial comments ) --- I'd like to have heard what you would suggest.
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