Recently my lady pal and I were talking about my friends and she said of one of them, “I think he’s more sensitive than you guys realize.”
Do You Have Sensitive Guy Friends?
Could it be true? Could one of your friends be a sensitive guy? If you yourself are a stereotypical guy, how can you learn? You’re in luck, dear reader, the answer is here in this test.
Q1. Hey buddy, how do you feel?
d. Full of emotions
The real answer? It’s a trick question. If you’re asking a question that has the word “feel” in it, you’re the emotional one.
Q2. We’ve now reached a point in our lives where we’re a little older and our respective relationships are inherently more serious because of that. You guys want to rent, ah who am I kidding I own it, you guys want to watch Love Actually and discuss the current state of our relationships?
b. Oh my God you’re dying, aren’t you?
c. I think Love Actually presents kind of an unrealistic view of relationships. Yes, there are sad stories in the movie but the happy stories are just SO over the top it’s clearly a movie. You know? What about a more realistic and honest dialogue about what love is using a movie like Star Wars Episode VI? That has elements of love in friendships, conflicted family ties, and romance.
d. Dude I’m gonna eat so much ice cream my tears are gonna be sweet instead of salty.
If you have a friend that answered (c) you should ask that person what they thought of Star Wars, episodes 1, 2 or 3 and see what happens. It’ll be a riot.
Q3. Do you guys think, if you have a son, you’ll raise that kid like you were raised? I just ask because … I don’t know, I don’t really know how to talk about emotions with guys and it probably dates back to how I am with my dad.
a. Dude. I really appreciate you being brave enough to say that. But you know what? You’re never going to change that behavior with your future children if you can’t change who you are now. You think having a kid will suddenly make you a fountain of emotions, and that you’ll pour your emotions out … like a fountain … pours water? No. You need to keep being brave and start making that change right here, right now. Tell me, really, how are you feeling?
b. So … You don’t wanna grab lunch?
c. If I play my cards right, my children will be pro athletes by age 20, and they can hire people to raise me … Because I fully plan on staying in a state of arrested development. UP TOP!
d. That’s not what your mom said last night!
If your friend gave answer (b) it is because he is hiding from his emotions. And let me tell you, dear reader, you don’t play hide and go seek with emotions because in the end they seek you out and make you pay for hiding.
There you have it. You now know how to separate your sensitive friends from your non-sensitive friends. That’s not to say your other friends can’t feel feelings, it’s just that they may identify most readily with anger. In order to placate them, talk about emotions while doing some emotionally soothing activity like going to the batting range or shooting guns. Or, if these options scare you (as they should): try booze.