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November 21

The little apartment that fell from the sky

Seeking stories of serendipity that saved people at the end of their rope - that were actually made possible by people laying the seeds of their own salvation [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 9:28 PM - 0 answers

Help me end intrusive thoughts

I was in a relationship that ended almost 3 years ago. I can't stop thinking about the person. Tawdry details inside. [more inside]
posted by chonched out at 7:03 PM - 3 answers

Have you ever chosen love before career?

I am a 32 year old gay guy from Argentina. I work for a big company and some weeks ago I was offered a temporary position in Europe for 9 months, with no extra pay as I would only cover a coworker during her maternity leave. Once I finished it, there was a chance they would want to keep me there or send me back to Argentina to a different city. [more inside]
posted by Nikolai2017 at 9:59 AM - 14 answers

How to ask for what you need/want in dating?

New to dating, and it seems so different than what dating used to be- how can I ask or express what I want for my long term without putting pressure or expectations? [more inside]
posted by MamaBee223 at 6:32 AM - 8 answers

Compromising with someone who won’t compromise

I’m involved in a legal dispute over an insurance policy. It’s been going on for a year. The other party is completely unwilling to settle and it is eating me up inside. I know I can’t make them resolve this if they don’t want to. I need to focus on dealing with my own stress better. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 5:18 AM - 8 answers

November 20

The college experience, for adults.

I miss having random conversations with smart people who are doing research in fields that are not my own. Is there any good way to scratch that itch as an adult? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 6:02 PM - 14 answers

How to manage late appointments at a research lab?

I work in a research lab that has families come in for studies. We're in a metro area with LOADS of transit options and we have free parking available nearby to our participants. Our provided directions are very good (I think). Despite all this, at least 20% of our participants arrive later than our late cut-off time. [more inside]
posted by ancient star at 9:57 AM - 31 answers

Post-Mastectomy, what support would you want most?

My mom (64 years old) has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be having a mastectomy sometime in the coming weeks (she does not yet have a surgery date, but was told first week of December was most likely). She has opted for a mastectomy and no reconstruction. We do not yet know what (if any) further treatments will be required, and will not know that information until 2 weeks post surgery. What can I do to support her emotionally and physically in the uncertain days leading up to and following the surgery? Difficulty level: I live far (like, most of a continent) away. [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 9:47 AM - 5 answers

How to be content in a new marriage?

I happily married 6 months ago, but since then have the urge to leave everything and escape. How do I sort through these feelings? [more inside]
posted by ilyilynot at 9:19 AM - 25 answers

Porn doesn’t necessarily bother me, but the medium does?

My boyfriend watches porn, which doesn’t normally bother me. But why do certain mediums he watches it on bother me? It feels a lot more personal and I’m not sure if/how to address it. [more inside]
posted by socky bottoms at 9:07 AM - 33 answers

Doing things that make you sad.

Ever since my mom became ill, I have been having a really hard time keeping in touch with her. I need to be strong and be there for her, but I subconsciously avoid calling or interacting in general. How can I get over the sadness and go back to being a loving daughter? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 5:12 AM - 13 answers

Does split bills = cheap ? ( asking for splitting within 3rd dates)

Recently I have met one guy I really enjoyed sharing the intimacy with him, he's a new grad but unemployed for 6 months. [more inside]
posted by dadaxiang1204 at 1:45 AM - 32 answers

November 19

Reach Out, or Let it Be?

I’m trying to decide whether to make one last attempt at contacting a person I admire, or to let it go and move on. I'm a little concerned about seeming intrusive since I discovered the person through an older blog and only found contact information indirectly. [more inside]
posted by Carouselle at 10:31 PM - 9 answers

Asking work/life advice for a friend down in the dumps

A good friend of mine is spiraling (aren't we all in the US) and I'm at a loss as to help him. Mostly looking for practical actions but "headspace shifts" also acceptable. [more inside]
posted by zinful at 12:44 PM - 7 answers

Online Dating and Expectations

Are my online dating expectations reasonable, or should I try being more open/giving people more chances? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 8:09 AM - 22 answers

Good way to acknowledge being "uninvited" to a party?

I accepted a party invite by a casual acquaintance on FB, but looks like they've now uninvited me. I'd like to let her know that a) I won't show up and b) no hard feelings. Main aim is to minimise future awkwardness, so maybe I should just say nothing? What would you do? [more inside]
posted by hirsutebob at 5:41 AM - 13 answers

Advice on troubling relationship incident

While we were having a fight, my partner kicked me accidentally and I don't know how to feel about it. We usually get along well (we are both very anti-confrontational). I grew up with a verbally abusive parent and I am used to smoothing things over as much as possible. I feel like I don't have any perspective from which to look at this incident and tell if it is really worrying, or just an accident, or a small red flag to keep an eye on. Any opinions are welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:37 AM - 39 answers

November 18

Not Ready to Dive In

Should I abandon ship whenever someone tells me they’re not ready to dive into a relationship? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by AlexandriaParis at 9:29 PM - 23 answers

Can you get in any trouble for turning down shift not scheduled?

Is it possible to get in trouble for not answering your phone on a scheduled vacation period even though boss admits they did it by mistake? [more inside]
posted by mamamia88 at 11:19 AM - 15 answers

November 17

Navigating non-monogamy

I am dipping my toe into the waters of non-monogamy and looking for a little guidance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:50 PM - 6 answers

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