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August 31

What is superficial charm?

When superficial charm is used to describe people with anti-social personality disorder or sociopathy, what is meant? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 10:29 PM - 8 answers

Legitimately dom or mentally unstable?

If it's apparent that a guy's interest in being a dom is linked to emotional issues, is that a red flag? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:14 PM - 7 answers

How to respond to guy's negative comments about his kids/family?

So I recently met and started dating a guy (let's call him Chris) who makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Which is good! I could go on about it, but that's not really what the question's about, so...just be assured that we're having fun and he's been nothing but kind to me so far. But I have noticed, I guess enough times to notice, him not speaking positively of other people in his life. I don't know how to respond when he makes negative comments, especially if it has anything to do with his (young adult) kids, for various awkward reasons. [more inside]
posted by picardythird at 8:59 PM - 13 answers

Gift for friend who has everything

Last year I left the SF bay area, leaving behind 98% of my possessions in a storage room in the area. I finally decided to move my things up here to Oregon and asked a friend of mine to meet with the estimator from the moving company to let him into the storage room. She agreed and spent maybe an hour with him. Now that my move date is set I'm driving down to the bay area to supervise my move. [more inside]
posted by bendy at 8:45 PM - 10 answers

Digging up the past

When I was 19 I was raped by my ex boyfriend. For some reason I've messaged him. He's telling me it didn't happen and wants to meet. I don't understand what's happening internally. [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel at 5:45 PM - 20 answers

Help me get over my rat/vermin phobia.

There are rats in the garbage shed behind my house. My landlord has been contacted and I have no evidence of them being in my house, but I am completely terrified to be there at night now. I know about all of the logical things I can do, but I am filled with terror and don't want to sleep at home knowing they're outside and knowing that they could get in. [more inside]
posted by lollipopgomez at 5:35 PM - 9 answers

This One Weird Trick...Marriage Edition

I'm getting married this Sunday to a wonderful person. We've been together 5 years and have lived together for two of those years. We are both in our 30s. I'm interested in your "tricks" for a fulfilling and healthy marriage. [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 6:38 AM - 38 answers

August 30

I Don't Like You That Way: Love, Sex and Dating On Four Wheels

What do you do about your fear of intimacy and your lack of potential sutiors when you're a virgin at 25 and universally held to have the sexuality of a potato? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 at 5:25 PM - 35 answers

How to meet men as an introverted, attractive, "successful" 20-30s woman

I'm an attractive, successful, and put-together woman in my late 20s, and find it impossible to meet men I'm interested in. I have zero social circle in my newish city, live and work with older people with families, and have had no luck online. I'm also not naturally outgoing so don't meet people at random places. Not desperate but just want to find a good person to share my life with. What's a girl to do? [more inside]
posted by ribboncake at 3:17 PM - 34 answers

How do I date feminist-leaning women online?

I'm single (straight male, 32) and starting to date women online again. I tend to have much better relationships with feminist-leaning women than with women that believe in traditional gender roles because they match better with my personal feelings about gender. How do I represent this in either my online dating profile or messages without coming across as awkward? I tend to overthink these kind of things. [more inside]
posted by JZig at 2:19 PM - 16 answers

August 29

Unemployed/transition phase - how to handle future dating issues?

How should I let someone know whom I'm potentially dating that I'm unemployed and going through a transition phase in life? Should I even be dating? Any advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:26 PM - 16 answers

Never the bridesmaid, never the brunch buddy?

How do you make friends with other women when you don't really have friends who are women? [more inside]
posted by blerghamot at 1:42 PM - 21 answers

Having kids / buying a house / saving for retirement - anything else?

I am a Worrier who likes to think things through in advance - so what can I expect in my 30s? [more inside]
posted by Albondiga at 11:34 AM - 15 answers

The best way to structure a relationship hiatus?

I have a relationship that is going phenomenally, 6 months deep. We have the same values, we're excited to support what the other is doing, and we have compatible goals for our future.... but he never got a chance to date as a single person. How to proceed? [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear at 10:43 AM - 39 answers

So...why are you single?

I am in mid 30s and not married with no children. I constantly get this question from random people I meet, co-workers, relatives -you get the picture (all married). It annoys me and quite literally ruins my day. What's the best way to answer it? [more inside]
posted by sabina_r at 9:06 AM - 69 answers

August 28

Baby in the house - how stressful do others find it, really. Be honest!

OK, so we've got another baby in our house. She's six months actually. And my wife is run ragged. We're both scaling back our household ambitions massively to get through the day. We've read lots on the subject and we've actually been through this once before - but it's SO hard. Well, at least it is for us. How was it or is it for you? Please share. [more inside]
posted by dance at 4:13 PM - 53 answers

August 27

How do I help my friend who is losing hope?

A distant but very dear friend of mine is in need of help. She is currently in the hospital and doesn't have many local friends. I'm in Wisconsin and she's in Louisiana so there are physical limits to what I can do, but I want to do something! Also I don't want to burden her by asking her what I can do to help. Please give me suggestions, ideas, anything I can do to help her. [more inside]
posted by lriG rorriM at 10:25 PM - 10 answers

I have to cancel last minute on attending a wedding. How to communicate?

The wedding is on Sunday, interstate. My not going is unavoidable as of this morning. A tremendous, epic, work emergency has developed. I got the news at 4.30am this morning. There is no way I can get through it without serious sustained time and effort during the period I’d planned to be travelling and interstate. What do I say to the couple and how do I say it? More over the fold. [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 5:04 PM - 15 answers

I need to trump Trump.

Tonight, I found out that my parents, both registered Democrats, support Donald Trump. I need to explain to them why this is bad. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:01 PM - 50 answers

How to ask my coworker to stop chewing gum so loudly?

My coworker chews gum really loudly and it annoys me. Best way to tell him (if at all)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM - 18 answers

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