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October 4

How do I end my relationship with an acquaintance who is a user?

I need help ending a relationship with a former neighbor when I am her only friend left. I have given her a lot of money and put a lot of effort into helping her over the last year and a half since we met.But now I fear she is coming to rely on me to financially support her and I can't do that. How can I cut off someone who I know is alone and has been through a lot but who I also believe is toxic? [more inside]
posted by Danila at 3:22 PM - 17 answers

Help me become a good manager.

I'm looking for bullshit-free, low-cost resources or training programs that I can use to become a more effective manager. [more inside]
posted by Ragini at 10:13 AM - 14 answers

How to develop a strong, healthy level of self-esteem?

I'm a 31 year old lady with the goal of developing an inner, natural sense of self-esteem. I've noticed some habits in myself that seem related to low self-esteem. I'm not entirely sure how these habits developed, but I want to change them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 AM - 6 answers

October 3

Why do my friends want to remain group-text only?

I have a group text with some friends from work, and we used to hang out regularly. Now, they seem to only want to be my friend over text and won't ever hang out. [more inside]
posted by pimmscup at 5:04 PM - 22 answers

Mixed company: adults + babies

I'm going to be throwing a party soon & many of my friends have babies or toddlers. What can I have on hand to entertain babies and toddlers? [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 11:18 AM - 17 answers

Why won't my kid wipe his butt?

I am the father of a five-year-old who was a bit late in being potty trained (he was nearly four). Everything seemed fine until recently when I started noticing he would forget to flush the toilet after pooping and there would be poop in there but no toilet paper. When confronted he hems and haws and absolutely REFUSES to go back in and wipe himself unless threatened with loss of privileges (video time, etc.). What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM - 23 answers

Hello awkwardness my old friend

I've recently moved back to my hometown, 20 years after graduating high school. I'm apprehensive about running into old classmates. Angst within. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 7:33 AM - 25 answers

Approaches for financial imbalances in a committed relationship?

My partner and I are in a committed relationship of over three years. She's in academia getting her PhD, I hold a professional 9-5 "knowledge-worker" position making a substantial salary. We've been living together for a year and a half, and have worked out a financial situation based on equitable contributions (pretty much a percentage of our incomes). But, my partner is about to enter into the writing the dissertation phase, but her grant money will run out and taking out additional student loans just seems like digging deeper into insane debt. We're discussing a situation where temporarily I'll effectively be supporting her fully. What approaches have other MeFites taken in this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:55 AM - 36 answers

Positive Societal Sexual Appreciation of BHMs?

I am a straight BHM, but find it very hard to accept the supposed fact that there are hetero/bi women out there that could consider me attractive. I would appreciate links to anything that helps straight BHMs feel sexually appreciated: movie/television quotes, op-eds or writings, or pretty much anything you can think of. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:52 AM - 20 answers

Compromise... how does that work?

I am madly in love with my boyfriend and I want to spend the rest of my life with him. But I also desperately miss being single and only being responsible to and for myself. I'm not sure how to cope with this; I don't know whether it's going to get better on its own as we get better at communicating with each other, whether I'm just going to gradually get used to the status quo, or whether I need to mourn that loss of independence and move on with my (generally pretty great) new life (maybe all three). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:52 AM - 16 answers

Should I inform her I will be on viagra?

During my first intercourse, I experienced what I suppose is performance anxiety. We've arranged to have another private encounter in a couple of days. I have access to viagra. Should I disclose to her I am on the pill? Or is that information a man can keep to himself? Both female and male opinions are much welcome [more inside]
posted by samufer at 1:01 AM - 23 answers

October 2

Help me clean up this oral sex misunderstanding

I didn't go down on her. How do I tell her why? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 11:02 PM - 15 answers

Making the most out of short term disability leave.

How to structure forced time off work to not fall into a rut, and to help myself feel, and actually get, better? [more inside]
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk at 6:39 PM - 5 answers

Whether to tell annoying person she's annoying.

Is it even something I should consider? [more inside]
posted by wwartorff at 6:24 PM - 20 answers

How do I let on that I'm in an open relationship?

I'm a late 20s woman. My primary relationship is with a late 20s man. We've got an open relationship, which is lovely. But up till now, I've only ever hooked up with people I met in explicitly dating contexts where it's easy to explain my situation (like OK cupid). Now, I'm back in school, and I look like any other monogamous person to my classmates. How can I discreetly let potential hookups know that despite having a boyfriend, I'm not off limits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:06 PM - 6 answers

This question was just one more thing to do

I feel like I'm suffering from caregiver burnout though I'm not really a caregiver. How do I recharge? How do I prevent this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:13 PM - 18 answers

October 1

The Waiting Phase?

Can my virginity be scaring my love interest away? I am currently seeing someone that I really like but I also happen to be really insecure - I'm also slightly scared that me being a virgin is scaring him away. He says he wants to take it slow but is that code for him wanting to fade me out? Any advice/relevant anecdotes for getting through it? [more inside]
posted by Trusted Sidekick at 10:40 PM - 19 answers

Pros/Cons of having a second child?

Recently considering having a second child. My son is now 4 years old. There are so many pros and cons to having a second child, and I am so torn. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah at 12:46 PM - 48 answers

How to get through heartbreak that I still can't believe is happening?

The man I love & live with, who until five days ago was saying he loved me, broke up with me the day after we got home from a weekend trip. I was shocked and am feeling scared and helpless. Please give me some tips on how to get through this thing that feels unendurable, I know there are other heartbreak threads on Metafilter and I welcome links. I also welcome advice that will help me see a way through this. The above gets to the heart of it, but big, embarrassing Snowflake below. [more inside]
posted by adastra at 12:12 PM - 33 answers

September 30

Am I being creepy?

I picked out a guy from afar that I thought was cute, found out his name, and added him on Instagram. Is it creepy for me to start messaging him? [more inside]
posted by sweetshine at 10:55 AM - 39 answers

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