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July 6

Avoiding (or Re-routing) the Sad Thoughts

In serious need of ways to keep myself from dwelling on recent bad news. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 PM - 12 answers

Is it dementia?

My dad has been acting emotionally erratic and saying and doing inappropriate things in the last year. We lost my mom to ALS about 1.5 years ago, and he is understandably depressed. He's repeating stories or anecdotes two or three times in the same conversation. He's using very inappropriate language and subjects around my two young daughters. He also has been doing things like speaking loudly during quiet graduation and funeral services and having disproportionate emotional outbursts. Is this depression, or could it be dementia or Alzheimer's? [more inside]
posted by percor at 6:13 PM - 9 answers

How do I stop feeling upset and crying when my boyfriend gets annoyed?

I sometimes get upset and cry because my boyfriend has an annoyed tone of voice. Do you know how I could stop myself from feeling upset when my boyfriend gets annoyed? (More in the extended question.) [more inside]
posted by SillyEvelina at 4:58 PM - 19 answers

Yelp? More like Help!

I wrote a negative Yelp review of a business I went to about a year ago. Now they are emailing me and calling me at home to ask me to change my review. What is going on here? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 1:57 PM - 16 answers

Where to have a baby in London?

I'm an expat to the UK -- but one of the few without private insurance! Where should I have my baby? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:53 PM - 3 answers

Déclassé, gauche, or acceptable?

I'm going into the hospital soon for surgery. Recovery time will be a while. When my friends find out (and they're very dear friends) they'll say, as people do in these situations: "oh, no! What can I do to help?" [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 11:15 AM - 38 answers

How can I be a good houseguest to someone with mild dementia?

At the end of the week I'll be staying overnight at the home of someone who is clearly exhibiting some early dementia symptoms. I've been incredibly lucky that no one in my family has ever had to deal with this before firsthand and I just want some tips so I don't accidentally be a jerk. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 7:27 AM - 24 answers

July 5

Various 6-day-old baby questions

Six days in with my second lovely baby, we're having a bunch of new-to-us challenges. Advice desperately sought. [more inside]
posted by semacd at 4:48 PM - 53 answers

July 4

Partner's request to bring his mom to my co-worker's bbq...

Wall o’ text follows. All names have been changed. [more inside]
posted by foxjacket at 11:46 PM - 75 answers

Last minute advice for a wedding officiant?

Looking for last-minute advice on officiating a wedding. It'll be a secular service, for my sister... floating on the Mississippi. [more inside]
posted by fishhouses at 4:44 PM - 4 answers

What's wrong with marrying your first love?

Or what's not wrong with it? It's coming (or came) to the time where marriage is on the forefront of everyone's thoughts in my relationship. There's a lot of pressure to get married soon, and with a combination of dissenting internal and external voices, there's a lot of confusion going on in my head. [more inside]
posted by buttonedup at 1:39 PM - 50 answers

Can I change my workaholic boyfriend?

Should I bother continuing to date a workaholic in his forties who barely has time for me, let alone for a hypothetical future family? [more inside]
posted by Guinevere at 10:44 AM - 35 answers

What are the best ways to ask a co-worker to stop looking at my boobs?

Every time we talk he can't help staring at my boobs. It's only a few seconds but it makes me uncomfortable and angry. What should I tell him? I'm sure you have great scripts for this too common situation! (I'm 29, he's 55) Thank you in advance, Mefites
posted by OrangeCat at 4:23 AM - 27 answers

July 3

Is family therapy recommended where there has been domestic violence?

When a child is in therapy, is it recommended to have parent meetings with the therapist if one of the parents has a history of violence toward the other? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 8:51 PM - 18 answers

What should I do this weekend in Durham (and in Durham in general)?

I recently moved to Durham and the family members I know are all out of town this weekend. I have a car and I like art things, queer things, feminist things, book things, music things. What can I do to entertain myself over the holiday weekend? And, bonus question: how do I make friends and meet dates (outside OkCupid) in Durham? I'm funderemployed for the time being and am seeking excitement to fill my days.
posted by c'mon sea legs at 1:49 PM - 13 answers

How can I become okay with not getting the best possible deal?

Whenever I buy an item, and later discover there was a cheaper way to buy the same item, it really upsets me. It bothers me for hours or days. This stresses me whenever I need to buy variable-cost items like plane tickets and insurance, because I will probably find out I didn't get the best deal and then feel bad. What's worked for you in fighting this neurosis? [more inside]
posted by cheesecake at 1:06 PM - 27 answers

Responses to the Silent Treatment?

My sibling has been giving me various versions of the Silent Treatment for years but I didn't realize that's what it was until recently. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 AM - 23 answers

Bipolar disorder

My behavior hurt many people I love, especially my sisters, due to unmediated bipolar disorder. [more inside]
posted by squirtle at 2:27 AM - 17 answers

July 2

Making it stick: your best new relationship advice

This previous question contains some awesome advice. I'm embarking on a new relationship with a wonderful man, and I would love some similar suggestions for fledgling couples. [more inside]
posted by prewar lemonade at 3:24 PM - 11 answers

How can I communicate about intimacy issues?

I've been actively dating and having intimate encounters, but it's hard for me to address my sexual limitations and lack of experience with new partners. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast at 1:53 PM - 13 answers

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