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February 19

In search of positive online influences

I need to re-make myself, grow up, and take responsibility for my life. The fact that I zone out reading Reddit or tech blogs a lot is not helping. I want to replace this habit with better influences, communities, role models, ideally feminist-aligned. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 2:23 AM - 11 answers

February 18

Why can't I do anything?

I don't think I'm depressed because I've felt depressed before but this feels different. I never want to get out of bed. I don't really want to eat and I don't have an appetite. I literally could zone out in bed for hours thinking about nothing. I feel bad about not wanting to do anything. I've always been like this but lately it's been worse. [more inside]
posted by sheepishchiffon at 2:48 PM - 15 answers

End of life legal issues

My spouse was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. I need help figuring out what needs to be done. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:53 AM - 10 answers

February 17

Unpleasant experience on public transport

While taking the bus, someone stood right next to me when (I believe) there was no need for them to do so. I didn't notice there was so much free space further down and would have said something if I had. I am not happy about this: am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:13 PM - 20 answers

Thanks for the breakup, here's your parting gift!

What to do with a custom-made gift for the ex that arrives in the mail 1 month after a breakup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:12 PM - 23 answers

Help me celebrate my accomplishments!

This week, during my appointment with my therapist, I relieved a difficult task for homework! She ordered me to do something for myself to, basically, celebrate my accomplishments and... more broadly... survival to this point in my life before my next appointment. But I can't think of anything to do to celebrate myself! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:09 PM - 18 answers

February 16

Should I offer financial assistance to my ex-girlfriend?

I'm in a bit of a sticky situation with my ex-girlfriend. We broke up in November but we're still living together. I'm looking to move out but feel compelled to offer some financial assistance to her in the coming months. What is reasonable in this circumstance? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 at 6:48 PM - 35 answers

Writing prompts for "D'Aulaire's Book of Mommy Myths"

Kids seem to love stories about when their parents themselves were children. What stories do you tell when you don't actually remember much of your childhood? [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette at 10:06 AM - 23 answers

February 15

Tough choice: take 9 month job abroad or stay with wonderful boyfriend?

I'm 25, been with bf for 6 months, have had plans to move abroad for longer. How do I make the best decision possible? [more inside]
posted by Kat_Dubs at 2:12 PM - 50 answers

February 14

Should I do anything about potentially creepy downstairs neighbors?

After noticing a camera in the neighbors' window, I've been feeling unsettled, and unsure if I should do anything about it. Please help me decide if it's a big deal or if I'm overreacting. [more inside]
posted by sucre at 9:15 PM - 19 answers

What makes a man a good lover?

So I've asked about my inexperience before, particularly whether or not I should reveal this info to any future girlfriend and the highest rated answers always seem to be that you don't have to tell. Keeping that in mind what exactly makes a man a good lover? What are some rookie mistakes he can avoid to prevent her from thinking "Has he never done this before or something?"?
posted by Dynamo05 at 5:12 PM - 37 answers

Supporting someone in a maybe-abusive relationship

My cousin "Jane" is in a relationship that sets off a lot of red flags for emotional abuse. I want Jane to know that I am there for her, but I am sure that she would distance herself from me if I expressed concern about the relationship. What, if anything, can I do or say? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 4:20 PM - 7 answers

I don't think that online dating is for me. What now?

I am a 38 year old man. A year ago my 8 year relationship ended. I spent the last year working on myself and I'm now ready to date. I've never tried online dating. I have been "creeping" on dating sites for the last year - just keeping an eye on what is out there. The answer is not much. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by kbbbo at 9:04 AM - 30 answers

Supporting a friend in abusive marriage

How can I best support a friend in an abusive (same-sex) marriage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 AM - 5 answers

February 13

Help! What is this totally toxic arguing tactic?

I need to know what an arguing "technique" is called so I can do some research and finally cure a loved one of this toxic habit. [more inside]
posted by New Old User at 6:27 PM - 24 answers

Mother/daughters day of fun, Cleveland style

Both my adult daughters and I will have a few days in April (20, 21, 22, 23) where we are all together!! There's also a birthday in the mix, and I am looking for something special to do. [more inside]
posted by LaBellaStella at 8:41 AM - 8 answers

Can my therapist offer up financial services based on our session work?

What are the ethical boundaries for a therapist/psychologist pitching me on a "money management educational system" business that she and her husband are members of, based on things I told her during one of our sessions? Kosher? Or weird? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 AM - 33 answers

How normal is it for a six year old boy...

This is a bit of a tricky question to ask friends, hence asking Metafilter. How normal is it for a six year old boy to be wanting to do "penis play" with his friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:43 AM - 9 answers

February 12

Places to advertise a crowdfunding page

Hi all! So because of Reasons, I'm trying to run a crowdfund right now to raise some desperately-needed money in addition to going with traditional sources such as rent assistance. Do you know of places I can post a YouCaring specifically meant to post crowdfunds for support? [more inside]
posted by gloraelin at 6:41 PM - 5 answers

Please help me balance my relationship with my depression & anxiety!

I am in a wonderful relationship & I have chronic depression & anxiety. What are your tips for preventing mental health issues from sabotaging relationships? Snowflakes to follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:17 AM - 9 answers

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