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Need tips for relating to fellow countrymen and making new friends!

Need tips for relating to fellow countrymen and making new friends! [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Feb 13, 2011 - 6 answers

[whine filter] How do I deal with burnt bridges gracefully?

I'm bad at letting things that need to die die. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2011 - 21 answers

Are meaningful relationships the meaning of life?

Do most people feel the need for permanent, intense connections with other people? Am I abnormal in my need? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2010 - 40 answers

How do I move on when I broke all the break up 'rules'?

Another break up: maybe it is a special snow flake. You know how almost everyone tells you the no contact rule after a break up? Well, I didn't follow that. I need your help [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2010 - 26 answers

Why have I not heard back?

How much more effort do I put in before giving up (relationship advice)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2010 - 21 answers

Reconnecting with old friends

Lately I've been feeling like I've outgrown a bunch of my friends. I don't actually want this to happen. How do you make old friendships new again? [more inside]
posted by wonnage on Jul 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Did she take the easy way out?

Did she just take the easy way out or am I just that guy? About 8 months ago I started talking to a girl I have known for many years. She is 7 years younger than me and I never noticed her until boom she magically grew up. I always thought she was a loser ( hung around with the wrong crowd made bad choices). We began talking every so often then it turned into a daily ritual txt, fb, and phone call situation once she got rid of her BF. I slowly began to develop feelings and we started hangin out when.... [more inside]
posted by SleeveHearted on Jul 2, 2010 - 36 answers

Are close, one-on-one, opposite-sex friendships a good idea?

Are close, one-on-one, opposite-sex friendships a good idea; or is the risk of one-sided romantic feelings and other problems too great? [more inside]
posted by dogcat on May 6, 2010 - 34 answers

Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice and Lions and Tigers and Bears and Hot Tubs and Hairy Chests and Press-On Nails...

Some now-former friends have decided to jump into polyamory as a solution to a big mess of relationship crazy. I think this is a terrible, terrible idea, for reasons specific to both the couple and polyamory as a whole. But how do I discuss this with them (and others) without sliding down the slippery slope of defining what other types of relationships are "right" or "wrong"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2010 - 50 answers

Eulogy for a friendship

Relationship Filter: How do you know, and what do you do, when a 25+ year friendship may have reached it's logical end? Novella length setup: [more inside]
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet on Apr 20, 2010 - 32 answers

I think my fear of fake relationships might be stopping me from having real relationships - help?

Why am I so scared that people are trying to trick me/use me? Is this something you really need to be on guard against all the time or is it irrational thinking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 - 23 answers

Cutting contact with an Ex from the same friendship group.

Ex-Relationship Filter: What's the best way to cut contact with an Ex, when you have got friends in common. [more inside]
posted by 92_elements on Jan 31, 2010 - 11 answers

Am I being a psycho birthday bitch?

Friendship filter. Am I being unreasonable, and if not, how do I go about talking to my friend about her hurtful behavior? (warning: long.) [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Jan 25, 2010 - 31 answers

No more...Ms. Nice Gal?

How do I become less "sweet" and more upfront about what I want? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Jan 7, 2010 - 44 answers

Is this friendship worth saving?

FriendshipFilter: Should I give up on this friendship? I am female and I've been good friends with my next-door neighbor from my first year of college since then. We haven't lived in the same place since college, but we've been quite close since then. However, we've been having trouble connecting. [more inside]
posted by mrstrotsky on Jan 5, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I stop having hatecrushes?

How do I stop having hatecrushes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2009 - 31 answers

Men: "Nice shoes!" (trans: let's fuck!) Women: "Nice shoes!" (trans: let's be friends!)

Previously dated men, now wants to date women. Problem: I can't tell when women are interested in me or if they just want to be friends. [more inside]
posted by Eleutherios on Oct 13, 2009 - 17 answers

Should I amend my personality to make more friends or, "be me" and have fewer friends?

Should I amend my personality to make more friends, or "be me" and have fewer friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2009 - 39 answers

Friends don't stress friends out!

How do you extricate yourself from a family-oriented friendship? Very long and pathetic story to follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2009 - 28 answers

Polite responses to nosy friends/family on personal matters?

Any effective but non-offending responses for people who, in the name of being helpful and concerned, I feel are starting to become a bit too close for comfort when it comes to personal problems? [more inside]
posted by KWittman on Jul 25, 2009 - 16 answers

So I guess we're not friends huh?

I met a new 'friend' (acquaintance) on a course I took recently. He sort-of invited himself to come and stay with me for a week in Paris. I figured that he was mostly coming to see Paris but also to hang out with me, but he's made himself completely scarce since arriving and I'm not sure how to deal. [more inside]
posted by ask me please on Jul 1, 2009 - 39 answers

What to do when an online friendship starts to progress too fast

RelationshipFilter - What to do when a long-standing online friendship starts to head into uncomfortable territory? [more inside]
posted by Inner Universe on Jun 14, 2009 - 17 answers

fear of intimacy with friendships

How do i get over my fear of intimacy in friendships, and actually let myself get into close friendships and not push people away? Help me sort out my problems with intimacy and social anxiety, and fix it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Here twitter, twitter, twitter

How can I make new friends on Twitter? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly on Apr 22, 2009 - 16 answers

I was told, "Let other people bless you." How?

"Why do you do that? Stop it. Let other people bless you. You're always supporting others, why don't you let others show support for you?" This is what a co-worker said to me today when scolding me about my not wanting to have a promotion luncheon and moving to another area. This has happened like three times in as many years. After many excuses, I finally conceded to her "I don't know." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2009 - 11 answers

How do I stop being afraid of women?

How do I, a lesbian woman, get over my fear of women? Ever since I was little I have had trouble making friends with women and it cripples my dating and friendship options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2009 - 24 answers

How an a grown-up learn social skills?

Are there any decent guides to improving your social skills? Most of what I've found on the topic deals with children, formal etiquette, or the standard self-help cant. Is there anything for people interested in the nuts and bolts of building relationships, giving off a good impression, and making people think you are a good guy. I get the idea that most people with bad social skills tend not to care or notice and this hurts the market for such material. I have a pretty good eye for books and I have found precious little on this topic. I assume we are supposed to learn these things in childhood or be screwed for life. [more inside]
posted by Yakuman on Feb 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Child without bedtime interrupting adult evenings

How can we get our friends to put their 4 year old to bed so we can have grown up evenings together? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower on Jan 18, 2009 - 45 answers

How to cope after breaking up with a BFF of 10 yrs?

I feel like I made the right decision in breaking up with my (jealous) BFF of 10 yrs - but I still feel guilty over it? Also, what to do about mutual friends and any advice on coping? [more inside]
posted by urbanchic on Jan 18, 2009 - 22 answers

So long, farewell, Auf Weidersehen, goodbye…

When moving away, how do you say goodbye? (And how do you keep up friendships after you're gone?) [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Dec 11, 2008 - 14 answers

How do deal with a jealous spouse?

How do you deal with a spouse who is jealous of your friendships and family relationships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2008 - 50 answers

Can this friendship between a devout Mormon and a gay man be saved?

Am I really going to lose this very important friendship over politics? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack on Sep 21, 2008 - 64 answers

How do I matter more to others?

Is it really true that the more you do for others, the closer you will become? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2008 - 13 answers

How do you take homoeroticism to the next level?

How do you turn your homoerotic relationship with your best friend into a full-fledged homosexual affair? [more inside]
posted by captain nemo the dream squire on Feb 27, 2008 - 32 answers

Can I be friends with husband's team's spouses?

Is it possible for the wife of a CEO (me) to be good friends with the wives of my husband's management team spouses? We socialize a few times per year and I always sort of feel guarded with them. I like many of them a lot and would like them as friends. Part of me sees it as not a good idea though? Would it compromise my husbands relationships at work? Might there be trust and confidentiality issues? Maybe it is just about how close I get to them? Keeping boundaries as far as what we talk about? Staying away from talk about the company? Would I be able to share important things going on in my life or will it become company gossip---and spread like wildfire? Anyone here have experience with this?
posted by seekingsimplicity on Feb 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Portrayals of friendship and social circles in books, movies, or essays

Can you recommend books, movies, or essays with good portrayals of friendships or people's social circles? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Jan 27, 2008 - 30 answers

How can an attached girl make friends with single guys? Or can she?

Help a girl make guy friends with a minimum of misunderstandings. (Despite a history of misunderstandings.) I am female, in my late 20s. I am in a committed relationship that is about to temporarily become long-distance. I am about to enter an environment (MBA program) where male students outnumber females three to one. [more inside]
posted by Mr Bunnsy on Jan 15, 2008 - 56 answers

Internet Friends. I'm having a hard time letting go.

I'm at a point in my life where I have to break off some friendships I've made online and am finding it tough. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2007 - 17 answers

Why can't I have normal friendships?

Why do I feel this way? I apologize for the length of this. This is a desperate attempt to get some understanding around a problem that has plagued me for years. What follows is a chronological account of things. The way it looks to me? I simply can't have friends. [more inside]
posted by tcv on Jul 6, 2007 - 45 answers

Making friends when you (basically) have none

How do you make new friends, when you have no circle of friends? [more inside]
posted by scarlet on Apr 3, 2007 - 22 answers

Help me help my daughter

How involved should I be in my 8-year-old’s friendship woes? [more inside]
posted by BluGnu on Mar 23, 2007 - 31 answers

My friend says on his resume that he has MY JOB!

Ethics and friendship: I lost touch with a fairly close friend about six or seven years ago; he'd gotten married, had a kid, moved, etc. We recently reconnected and have been hanging out. My girlfriend likes his wife, I like his kids, so all this is good. BUT...also about ten years ago, he and I happened to be competing for a pretty prestigious job at a major corporation - one people have heard of. I got the job, he didn't. There didn't seem to be any hard feelings; I gave him some (lucrative) freelance work, maybe a little out of guilt, but mostly because he was really good. He did great work, and continued to do so on freelance projects until I left the job a couple of years later... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Oct 25, 2006 - 34 answers

Help me help a long-distance friend through a parent's death.

A close friend has just had a parent die after a long illness. For reasons I won't go into the situation is very, very bad overall, and I want to be as supportive as I possibly can be on the long road of handling something like this. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Oct 13, 2006 - 12 answers

You met online. You got married. Some friends know. Other people you lied to but are now close to them too...How to handle?

What do you do if you met online, got married, and completely told your close friends how it happened BUT didn't tell other people? In fact, you lied, declaring you were set up by friends. You thought the other people would be passing acquantainces but they became much closer friends..... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2006 - 25 answers

What is the adult version of "Let's be friends"?

What's the adult version of "Let's be friends"? [more inside]
posted by questionmark on Feb 9, 2006 - 33 answers

I can't go a whole day without offending someone.

I can't go a whole day without offending someone. Should I be true to myself or please you? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Dec 13, 2005 - 90 answers

So, is it possible for a heterosexual female to meet women on the internet?

So, is it possible for a heterosexual female to meet women on the internet? [more inside]
posted by awegz on Jul 27, 2005 - 26 answers

Social Skills Intervention

I have a friend would like to perform a "social intervention" for an acquaintance whose lack of social skills has managed to nearly alienate him from everyone in his social circle. [more inside]
posted by debgpi on May 14, 2005 - 13 answers

How can I help my friend fix his website?

My friend has a popular website that has a lot of technical problems. Frequent downtime, sub-standard performance, inconsistent feature implementation, and large numbers of bugs. The software is all custom-written, and clearly needs a complete re-write. He needs help but won't accept it. What can I do?
posted by mosch on Jan 26, 2005 - 15 answers

Approaching Another Couple

My girlfriend and I are friends with another couple whom we'd like to become, er, more intimate with. Unfortunately, they, like us, are very reserved, and don't tend to talk about sex, so we have no idea how to begin to broach the subject. The friendship is very important to us, and we don't want to ruin it. What should we do?
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2005 - 38 answers

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