Context: I'm bad at math. My dad makes me do extra math practice every day to catch up (he says that I'm "so far behind").
Problem: I'm honestly putting in my best effort. However, my dad doesn't believe that my poor academic performance (especially math) can be due to genuine stupidity and is probably caused by something else, such as:
- Not paying attention in class?
- Not being interested in math?
- Not being motivated to study?
- Intentionally failing school for whatever reason?
Recently, my dad got pissed because I was taking too long to do a math problem. He thought that the answer was so obvious that I must've been acting stupid on purpose (or being "mentally lazy"). He said that I was just stubborn, that I was mentally lazy, and that I didn't want to admit how simple the math problem was. He told me that if I wanted to be good at math, I needed to fix my attitude.
The Catch-22: I really want to prove his claim wrong, but it's logically impossible to do so (as far as I know). The more someone attempts to prove that he/she isn't stubborn, the more stubborn (by definition) he/she is!
How can I disprove a statement that self-validates when I try to disprove it?