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March 21

What's to forgive?

An old high school friend sent in a friend request on Facebook. I had not responded because I am kind of tired of old high school friends on Facebook, you know? Then I get a message from him apologizing for his behavior back in high school.... [more inside]
posted by amanda at 1:12 PM - 25 answers

Dentists really aren't scary, but how do I convince him of this?

My husband has not been to the dentist in years. I just booked him an appointment and he FREAKED out. How best to tackle this? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 11:28 AM - 51 answers

He's 25, I'm 36...

and he might be interested in somebody else. Should I tell him how I feel anyway? [more inside]
posted by ditto75 at 10:25 AM - 16 answers

March 20

How do I grow a (weirdly-shaped) family?

I'm reconsidering what relationships I want to be central to my life. Help me figure out how to get where I want to be. [more inside]
posted by Oda_a_los_calcetines at 5:16 PM - 6 answers

To invite or not to invite, that is the question

If you threw a party and invited everyone you knew, would you invite people you already knew could not come? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 2:14 PM - 26 answers

Does a joke about a friend's devotion to Obama count as "Politics"

This is one of those incidents that sticks in my mind and would appreciate opinions on it. I was at a bar-b-q and apropos of just a word that was connected, I referred to teasing a friend about how Obama is his deity. This guy in the group had a peeved look on his face and angrily asked "you really think there are people like that?" (as if I had just mortally insulted all Obama supporters.) [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 6:44 AM - 47 answers

March 19

Was my girlfriend kidnapped?

We are gay. Girlfriend's parents already disapproved. They managed to read all her texts and found that we are into BDSM. Now they won't let her come back to campus (we are in college). What options do we have? Preferably non-legal, but if it comes down to them pulling her out of school, I will consider it. NSFW details inside. [more inside]
posted by scruffy-looking nerfherder at 11:40 PM - 27 answers

Is there a way to unwreck this friendship?

I fell out with a friend over principles. Is there any way to make up without renouncing them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:19 PM - 18 answers

How to deal with emotional labor inequity in relationships with males?

I'm a straight middle-aged female who is experiencing a lot of issues with both romantic relationships and platonic male friends who have unvoiced expectations that I should perform nearly all of the emotional labor in our relationships. [more inside]
posted by nirblegee at 6:09 PM - 23 answers

Is it ok for a lady to approach a man?

I know the standard advice for dudes for "Hey, I see a pretty girl on the bus/reading in a coffee shop/walking down the street, how do I talk to her" is DON'T; does that hold true if the genders are reversed? My inclination is "Hey, that man looks interesting, I should introduce myself" but I don't want to be creepy. And related - is there good way to signal that hey, actually, I WOULD like to be approached if you think I'm attractive? [more inside]
posted by hishtafel at 11:56 AM - 24 answers

How to deal with a rapist being welcomed in?

A family member is still in contact with her rapist and brings him around. What is the best way to deal with this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 AM - 9 answers

How to cope with the pain that comes from my family's abuse/rejection?

My very conservative family has abused me over my dating life and career choices for years. Living with them has caused a lot of emotional pain and health problems, but leaving is taking a toll on me as well. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 at 2:06 AM - 18 answers

March 18

Six degrees of separation from bad news

I'm trying to find a website or a Facebook meme about how one should react to bad news, depending on how close you are to the people involved. [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 6:20 PM - 2 answers

How do I get people to respect me and how do I stop being resentful?

I am very timid and shy. I also have ADD so I seem very spacy. I've noticed that people don't take me seriously and I have been taken advantage of before. This includes being sexually harassed at work. I am getting to the point where I am starting to be overly cautious of people and I am very distrustful in general. I had a goal last year of putting myself out there and I crashed and burned terribly. I feel like people see me as immature and dumb and I'd like to change that. [more inside]
posted by sheepishchiffon at 2:58 PM - 5 answers

I'm a narcissist. What next?

I just had an insight with my therapist: I am a narcissist, introverted/covert variety. What next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:39 AM - 18 answers

March 16

I'm doubting that my gf really cares about me, despite what she says

I’m starting to get bitter, lonely, and resentful, and am trying to decide if I should throw in the towel on this 8 month relationship before things get ugly. My girlfriend is basically telling me to distrust my own eyes. Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 AM - 39 answers

Advice about stranger taking a photo of me and my dog

My dog pissed off a stranger this morning. She didn't handle it well. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 4:37 AM - 97 answers

March 15

Girlfriend Slept with someone else

I've been dating my girlfriend for around 9 months. We got talking about previous sexual partners last night and she mentioned she had sex with someone else a week after we started going out. Am I wrong to be hurt? [more inside]
posted by Coolcatjc at 9:43 PM - 51 answers

ghost in the machine

How do you say "no", politely, to a second date? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 12:59 PM - 30 answers

How do I feel okay about moving far away from people I love?

My wife and I may be moving to Eugene, OR this summer for my graduate school. My mom, sister, and niece all live down in Florida. How do I feel okay about being so far away from them? Have you done this happily (or have you regretted doing this), and are there tips/experiences you could share? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt at 10:00 AM - 22 answers

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