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March 28

Tips on Coming to Terms with Sexuality? And a bit of other stuff..

I'm a woman in my early twenties who is experiencing attraction to women and I'm confused. I’m feeling attraction towards my best friend who is bisexual, but I’m not sure if I should act on it, due to morality and fears that she won’t be receptive. How can I explore this identity without acting in ways I might regret? I’d like to build my confidence before I become apathetic towards myself or stifle a part of myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:46 AM - 8 answers

March 27

Another roommate???? At 44 years old?????

My husband and I are kind and generous souls. We'd both give you our last $40 or the shirt off of our back if you needed it. We just got rid of my sister as a roommate...now we have another...Mefites, help me be gracious. [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette at 2:43 PM - 25 answers

Is it possible to cut off just *one* toxic family member?

My mother is evil, but my siblings and father are nice (if passive and somewhat in denial). What to do? [more inside]
posted by Guinevere at 12:47 PM - 20 answers

Help a first timer find a realtor in the triangle (NC)

I'm a first time home buyer looking for Realtor recs and/or advice . I'm in Chapel Hill/Hillsborough/Durham, NC. Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by sazerac at 9:23 AM - 7 answers

How to get ahead at work as an introvert without strategizing?

I do not think strategically, for reasons. Mostly principles, as it feels like manipulation which is not my jam. I am noticing that a colleague is getting ahead through strategy despite low quality work (lots of missed deadlines, typos, red flags in internal audits) and questionable technical skills, because she is managing up with the supervisor. It is clearly a "sucking up" approach, with a clear agenda in all conversations where boss is present that reads as this artificial "I am your friend and you really like me." How can I also get ahead, without resorting to tactics? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 7:38 AM - 21 answers

Dealing with middle-school-like rejection drama as an adult

I thought I was part of a whole new social circle of families in our small town, until I wasn't. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor at 6:56 AM - 13 answers

Help a hapless speed dater

I went speed dating for the first time this past Tuesday (3/21). There were 6 women and 5 men. I got the email on Thursday that I matched with one man - the only information the company gave me was his first name and his email, so I sent him an email that afternoon (3/23). I haven't heard anything back. Do I let it go, or do I try to email again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:41 AM - 12 answers

Posttraumatic growth?

Hi there, I'm still cry on a weekly basis over some traumatic events that happened two years ago. Does anyone know how traumatic emotional damage ends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 AM - 6 answers

March 26

How do I get ex out of my house?

I have finally broken up with my boyfrien. After over a year of unemployment, he had gotten a job, but I still felt things were off. He would lie to me about holes in the wall and say they were there from the beginning, but I just was not paying attention. He has lied about holes in walls and trash and furniture in a similar fashion. He has made me feel sexually inferior and treats me in a way that feels like he has all of the control even after I paid all the bills for that year. Each time I would try to break up before he told me that it wasn't fair and that I was taking away his ability to be happy. [more inside]
posted by wasurenagusa at 8:07 PM - 15 answers

How unacceptable is it to no-show to a house party?

Imagine someone is hosting a casual house party of 20-30 people and invites a guest who is a new friend. It goes like this:
  • Host invites the guest personally, by text message
  • Guest happily replies, saying they will come
  • The day before the party, host texts guest a reminder
  • Guest confirms they will come
  • Guest doesn't show up to party, and doesn't send host a message before or anytime after the party
As a host, how would you react to this behavior?
posted by ElEmigrante at 9:59 AM - 60 answers

Sleeping well in partner's bed

I really enjoy sleeping in the same bed as my partner, except that I don't actually get any sleep. Other than getting separate/larger beds, what can we do to help me sleep better? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel at 9:25 AM - 12 answers

March 25

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

I am sick to my stomach about this and so stressed out. How to get rid of someone that was supposed to stay temporarily? I thought I was helping a friend out and it seems that no matter how well-intentioned, this situation has turned into something crappy. I am done feeling used and I need to know what is the best route to extricate myself from this mess I got myself into [more inside]
posted by Zeratul at 5:23 PM - 22 answers

Can my relationship with my mother-in-law be improved?

My mother-in-law is overbearing and my temperamental opposite. Can the relationship be improved, or should we just see each other even less than we do today? [more inside]
posted by david1230 at 9:36 AM - 43 answers

March 24

The seven year... something

My boyfriend and I never have sex, but I'm not sure either of us cares. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:14 AM - 26 answers

How do I make peace with my neighbour?

I have a neighbour (in a small community) who is high-strung and nervy and now has some kind of strong reaction of dislike and judgement towards. It's her own story, and she does this regularly with people. I've been ignoring it but I find my response is to avoid going where I will be around her and to withdraw into my shell. It affects me more than I would like it to. I would feel much better if I could somehow make peace. Ideas?
posted by miaow at 4:07 AM - 24 answers

March 23

Should I quit tindr?

After several years as a devoted okcupid user, I branched out to also try tindr and bumble. I've spent a fair amount of time on both apps for several weeks but have only met one person from the new apps - from tindr - it didn't work out. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 5:20 PM - 10 answers

It’s His Party (And I’ll Cry if I Want To)

One of my oldest friends makes a high-drama (and expensive) command performance out of his birthday dinner every year, and I’m unclear how to handle it going forward. (excruciating detail within) [more inside]
posted by gateau at 10:37 AM - 64 answers

How to best raise a child far away from family?

Recently pregnant, and living a 6+ hour plane flight away from both our families. What tips and tricks do you have to help our future child(ren) build and maintain close family ties with distance keeping us apart for the forseeable future? [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue at 9:58 AM - 18 answers

Help Me Help You

I've got an employee on my team (technical executive... VP level) that is very easily rattled when challenged. I'll call him Davis. Davis is extremely talented, technically capable and delivers more software solutions of higher quality than anyone on my executive team. Unfortunately, he has an unpredictable temperament (things 'get to him' easily). I want to invest in him to get him over his gap in soft skills but I'm struggling to get through to him. Examples inside for the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 AM - 39 answers

March 22

In a relationship, what's the difference between romance and friendship?

I've been in a happy relationship for 7 months - the last 5 have been exclusive - with a man who is very sweet, funny, and good to me. We spend a lot of time together, have a lot of fun and good sex, but he's not the most romantic person in the world, in large part because he's not very emotional. The other day a good friend of mine told me that she felt like my boyfriend and I were "just friends" and that she didn't think I should be very invested in a long term commitment with him. I'd love to hear from the married/long-term partnered folk out there: what's the difference between romance and friendship in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by orangesky4 at 12:38 PM - 46 answers

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