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October 20

Why is it tough for me to make male friends?

Totally good at making women friends, but rarely am able at making male friends. What’s up with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 AM - 11 answers

Have you known someone who has successfully managed ASPD?

I just found out my boyfriend of a year has antisocial personality disorder, which to be honest, I find terrifying. Does anyone have stories of long-term relationships with someone with the disorder (not necessarily romantic - friends and family members count too) that did not end poorly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 AM - 7 answers

October 19

Clueless about how to ask questions to my SO about his work

I realized yesterday night I don't really know what my SO does and it makes me utterly sad and guilty. I'm crying writing this. [more inside]
posted by Ifite at 10:46 AM - 37 answers

Jung & Individuation

What book do you recommend for learning about Jung and his ideas about individuation? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 10:17 AM - 1 answers

How do I let my friend know that I don’t want to go to Europe with her?

I’m facing a bit of a conundrum. About a month ago, I told my friend that I would like to go to Europe with her this summer. But after I did that, I started thinking about that choice. My friend has a bit of a drinking problem and can get pretty wild and out of hand. I now realize that going with her would be an unwise choice, and I wouldn’t feel all that safe – I feel like it would increase the chance that we may get in trouble, let alone putting a bit of responsibility on me to monitor her. I mentioned this to my boyfriend, and that I’d rather go with him – he and I both feel like this would be the safer choice. [more inside]
posted by ggp88 at 10:03 AM - 20 answers

How do I diplomatically resolve a possible dispute in my book club?

I run a book club through my church, and I am foreseeing some drama on the horizon. What do I do? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog at 9:47 AM - 5 answers

Fiancé resents having to write a letter (vows)in advance of our wedding.

My fiancé and I aren't very traditional, but we are deeply in love and devoted to one another and have a good relationship all around. Marriage wasn't really on our minds until this summer when we decided to marry to legalise his emigration to my home country so we could continue to be together. However, I also made it clear to him that even if we were doing this for the visa, that the marriage was important to me, and I asked him one night that he write me a letter about what our impending marriage means to him. I guess I was asking for vows. [more inside]
posted by jacobnayar at 9:19 AM - 42 answers

How do I detoxify my marriage?

We have had a bad couple of years, both feel hopeless, and I want to give up. Partner doesn't. How do we climb out of the negative cycle to see if the marriage is salvageable? [more inside]
posted by What a Joke at 7:12 AM - 38 answers

What should I do about my relationship?

I have been dating my boyfriend for 6 months. We are both in our early thirties. I have had a lot of doubts since the beginning of our relationship. There are aspects about him that I really like. He is very passionate with me. He is very knowledgeable about music, literature, philosophy. I like men who are easy-going, knowledgeable, ‘alternative’ and a bit rebel. He is all of that. The problem is that he does drugs. [more inside]
posted by Fromthesouth at 4:52 AM - 44 answers

October 18

how to deal with negative emotions while working through couple-issues

Partner & I have finally started to face up to issues that have been building for 10+ years, and it's all pretty raw. We're both seeing therapists individually, and a relationship counsellor together. But in between sessions, I need to be able to relate to my partner like a relatively normal human being, and right now I don't know how to do that. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:18 PM - 10 answers

The most dramatic Askme ever?

I'm a single woman, 35, recently out of an LTR. I made a mistake and slept with my (partnered) graduate program director. I am now pregnant after the morning after pill did not come through for me. Hope me out of this clusterfuck. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:24 AM - 47 answers

October 17

What is the best way to react when people point out that I am shy?

I am a shy reserved person, and whenever people feel the need to point this out I feel slightly offended and awkward. What is the best way to react? [more inside]
posted by iamsuper at 11:13 PM - 43 answers

If we quote any Bible verses, the urns will be rollin'

It appears it will fall to me to say some words at the interment of my grandparents' ashes. Help me find a light-hearted, even irreverent poem or very short reading, nothing religious or overly emotional! [more inside]
posted by bluebelle at 6:44 PM - 5 answers

Help me let him down gently...

An adult with autism recently befriended my kids at the swimming pool in our apartment complex. Now he wants to hang out all day, every day. I am extroverted, but my "alone" time is very important to me so I am going nuts. [more inside]
posted by tacodave at 5:01 PM - 11 answers

How do I discourage my annoying coworker from asking me to hang out?

I have a co-worker who really wants to socialize, but while I like her all right as a person, and we have some things in common, I find her incredibly difficult to work with. This makes me feel like I don’t want to hang out with her after work, which she is constantly trying to initiate. [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 9:50 AM - 18 answers

Why am I having a strong reaction to ending a short-term relationship?

I started dating someone I met online and things were going pretty well. I knew up front (and I told her on day one) that I didn't want a long-term relationship. I recently ended it (reasons explained below) but I'm still having some strong emotional reactions. The question isn't about our compatibility, I'm mainly curious if others have had similar experiences. [more inside]
posted by modernman at 9:36 AM - 18 answers

Alternatives to Love

I'm doing everything I can to "find someone", but started thinking that perhaps there are some other great experiences that would be more attainable that I could work towards. [more inside]
posted by seraph9 at 8:04 AM - 20 answers

What to get a 25yo Chinese-American girlfriend

My Chinese girlfriend is turning 25. Lives in Shanghai but very Westernised having studied there. Conservative parents but not conversative herself. She likes coaching and soft skills - personal empowerment and conflict resolution. Blogs. She lives quite modestly. Likes cute gadgets. Creative and colorful. Has a bright sunny but gentle personality. Loves western sitcoms and drama. Paints but not very well. Wears Kate Spade. Any ideas? Help. I'm stuck.
posted by vizsla at 1:20 AM - 12 answers

October 16

Cheer up, bucko.

I wish to be cheerful, mortals. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 11:50 AM - 24 answers

Ended it, now Flooded with Confusion

Three weeks ago I ended a relationship of three years. On one level, I know it had to happen. On another, I’m completely thrown, and hoping for some perspective. Thanks in advance for reading—there’s a lot here, and it means a lot that y’all are listening. [more inside]
posted by bluecastle at 8:30 AM - 43 answers

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