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February 24

Activities for the hip and homebound

Woman in her 30s can't leave the house (for the very long term) and is bored and isolated. Also has no wifi. What can I send? [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour at 1:15 PM - 15 answers

What charities are directly helping migrant farmworkers?

I want to send money to a place where it can be of direct impact for migrant farmworkers. Is there a great non-profit that is in the fields helping? I don't need it to be union organizing or Congressional lobbying; in fact I'd prefer that it not be. I am thinking day-to-day survival stuff like provision of medical care, food, education for children, housing, direct immigration help, etc. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 9:37 AM - 5 answers

After breakup and an abortion, how much time should we spend together?

I was seeing a woman for six months last year, and then broke up with her in December. (Things were getting too serious too quickly, and I felt we were incompatible in several important ways.) I sent a long email explaining my reasons. I said I thought we shouldn't see each other anymore, for both our sakes. Eight days later, she took a pregnancy test (after a couple of days of feeling fluey) and found out she was pregnant. She let me know the same day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:35 AM - 16 answers

Sanity check: whether to break up after (minor?) infidelity

Following the discovery of a partner's recent one-time unfaithful behavior, a great deal of soul-searching has led to no clear answers on how to react. Is still-present love from both parties enough to warrant relegating this event to the past, or is it wiser to adhere to a strongly held principle that such behavior is unacceptable, recognizing that there were growing doubts about compatibility anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM - 33 answers

Should I speak up to my guy friend, and if so, how...?

My (36F) friend (46ishM) of 20+ years really wants a girlfriend, and he "talks" to me about it (email). I typically mind my own business and I don't give advice, but now I wonder if I should, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing at 6:31 AM - 17 answers

Regression under stress - how do you cope?

When I'm under certain kinds of stress, I regress to a more childlike state. It feels like my brain is melting and all I can do is cry uncontrollably (when I get alone). What are some other ways out? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 6:22 AM - 5 answers

February 23

How to use a month's absence from a PhD to recover from depression

I'm working towards a PhD in a foreign country and recently returned to the U.S. as part of my recovery from depression (which was/is largely work related). What are things that I can add to my routine during this downtime to help me on the road to recovery, and how can I best prepare for returning to academia? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by pianohands at 5:28 PM - 10 answers

Is mute and report enough?

I play a few online games. Before Trump I was happy to just mute gamergate edgelords and go on my way with headshots, last hits, or lynchings. Now I wonder if that's too much tolerance. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 1:36 PM - 10 answers

Care package for teen in hospital?

Have you been a teen living in a hospital for an extended period of time with no specific known end point due to a very serious medical issue? What would you have liked in a care package? Also would you have appreciated a semi-awkward visit from a relative you don't know all that well, or would rather just have seen the people you love and care about most? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor at 6:16 AM - 29 answers

My new boss is a jerk :(

My new manager (let’s call him Kafka) is someone who is outright disrespectful and shows disdain to everybody - except his boss, with whom he is very kind and friendly. Help! [more inside]
posted by OrangeCat at 6:15 AM - 8 answers

too many walls

I think I over-react when I feel that people are trying to get too close to me or need too much from me; I may be overly vigilant about my boundaries. This means I can get panicky or resentful if I feel that people are demanding too much of me emotionally. Any ideas for self-talk I can use to combat this? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:00 AM - 11 answers

February 22

So are you running late for a dentist appointment?

I need a script/strategy for dealing with this sex situation that keeps popping up with men around age 30. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 4:20 AM - 26 answers

Help an ex-Christian navigate her 25 year reunion

I was a pretty active evangelical Christian at university (UK). How do I navigate my reunion with grace and charm? I don't have major regrets or animosity towards Christians, but equally I don't want to buy into the 'backslider' narrative. More details below. [more inside]
posted by Heloise9 at 1:56 AM - 10 answers

February 21

How to talk to someone about their anger and negativity?

My boyfriend reacts badly to very common everyday frustrations. I'm a sensitive person and his negativity really weighs on me. His hot temper also makes me very uncomfortable. How do I talk to him about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:44 PM - 36 answers

Landlord woes

I am looking for some advice on dealing with tenants as a new landlord. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:44 PM - 17 answers

Advice for a father of a 13yo gay girl?

Simply put... My 13 year old daughter is gay. I really want to support her in anyway I can. She goes to a religion-based, private school where she is very happy with lots of friends. I feel a conflict between the anti-gay official position of the school and the actual reality of the students. So... should I keep my daughter in a "Christian" school vs. ?
posted by anonymous at 11:35 AM - 19 answers

A two-body problem

What do we do? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 3:42 AM - 32 answers

February 20

Revolutionary commuting

Is there an audio version of Václav Havel's The Power of the Powerless available in English?
posted by latkes at 9:07 PM - 1 answers

How to wait for something you really need?

I am looking for concrete and not-so-concrete ideas about how to wait for something that is really important to you. [more inside]
posted by lilies.lilies at 9:52 AM - 10 answers

Curiosity in romantic relationships

I feel like I am dating the same guy, different packaging. Last two short-term relationships (met their friends, parents, etc) lasted under 5 months for one reason: the guys never ever asked about my life--neither my past or current. No curiosity about where I was born, what religion I was raised, who my parents were (both are dead), how long I was married, etc. Both basic biographical and more personal questions were avoided. Why are some people like this? I felt very alone in those relationships.
posted by Jaspersen145 at 6:47 AM - 39 answers

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