Our expert says:
A stubborn man may take life very seriously indeed, but may not take other people's opinions or needs seriously. This guy sounds like the alcoholics and others we discuss frequently, where the annoying answer is that while he could surely be helped, it would only be if he himself recognized he had problems and needed help for them, and if he was prepared to work sincerely and hard with a suitable expert. So long as he refuses to acknowledge that there are any problems, he's not amenable to help.
There is a drinking problem, maybe alcoholism, and that is bad for the brain. Diabetes that isn't perfectly controlled, and unrtreated hypertension have various risks and are also not good for the brain. And it's not only the risk of a major stroke ; people can have a series of little strokes, causing gradually increasing damage.
Where someone is stubborn, one may have to be more subtle in trying to persudae him to be stubborn in a useful and healthful way, rather than in a self-damaging way. Sometimes they fiercely resist direct messages telling them what to do, but may be more open to more subtle messages about why everyone is worried about him. But it will in the end be up to him.
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