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Escaping an Addictive Relationship?

I have been in a one and a half year relationship with a man who has cheated on me, lied to me, stole from me and abused me. I KNOW he is no good and while I have tried to leave many times, I always find myself back with him (after sweet-talking and the like). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2008 - 46 answers

What's a gifter to do with unwanted gifts?

My wife's battled depression for a while, and though she rallied and had a decent few months, she plunged back into the depths of it for the few weeks around her recent birthday (which seems to happen every year, but this year was the worst yet). She had us cancel any birthday plans, cake, etc -- didn't even want anybody to say "happy birthday". After asking a few times and receiving this same answer, I went along with it; it was her birthday, after all. Her mood has lifted since then, but she still doesn't want her presents -- says to return everything, and shuts down when I bring up the subject. Fine, I can return them, except for one, a custom order meant as a present from our four-year-old (call her "Olivia"): a set of coasters printed with Olivia's scanned artwork. What do I do with them? [more inside]
posted by UtterlyDrained on Aug 11, 2008 - 65 answers

It's ok if you don't call

Dumped. She said we'd talk again, but I've come to realize that I don't want her back in my life, and would rather not speak with her again. So why can't I stop mentally preparing for a call that may never actually come? [more inside]
posted by telephasic on Aug 10, 2008 - 26 answers

Why do I annoy people?

I seem to annoy a lot of people. I don't mean to, it just happens. What can I do to become less annoying? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2008 - 34 answers

Don't sh*t where you eat?

RoommateConflictFilter: I'm a guy in my mid-20s living in a bachelor pad with two other similarly-aged guys. The two roommates have had a huge falling out (over a girl, naturally) on month two of a twelve-month lease, and after days of constantly talking about it, it seems like the only solution is for one of them to move out. The only thing that we've agreed on is that I'm not going anywhere. So now what? We're all on the lease, and I want to make sure that nobody gets burnt any worse than has already happened. [more inside]
posted by adamk on Aug 6, 2008 - 22 answers

How much social interaction is "normal"?

Coming out of a 5-year relationship and need help recalibrating my expectations about what is a "normal" amount of social interaction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2008 - 18 answers

My girlfriend wants me to stop using a condom.

My girlfriend wants me to stop using a condom. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2008 - 61 answers

Do Mulder and Scully count?

I'm looking for movies and television shows that featured memorable, star-crossed heterosexual couples. The man and woman must either: a) never get together, or b) get together only to have everything go horribly. No long-term relationships or on-and-off again romances, please. Bonus points for obscurity, but well-known examples are also appreciated. Examples: - Red (K. Kieslowski) - Titanic Thanks for your help! :-)
posted by coizero on Aug 1, 2008 - 64 answers

Wedding Drama-rama

Please help me deal with an ex-friend! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2008 - 23 answers

Is it worth it to date someone under these circumstances?

Is it worth it to date someone under these (non-exclusive) circumstances? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2008 - 24 answers

Summer of Love, Autumn of Love? Never of Love?

Love, intimacy, sexual frustration, distance, inaction... help me deal with the complexities of it all. [more inside]
posted by curagea on Jul 31, 2008 - 19 answers

Is this cultural miscommunication, or am I being scammed? How to proceed?

Looking for advice about how to handle a cultural misunderstanding...or possibly a scam. Not sure how to reconcile the experience and associated feelings, and especially unsure about how to deal with the situation in the most sensitive and informed way. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2008 - 13 answers

I'm in a loving but sexless relationship. What should I do?

I'm in a loving but sexless relationship. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2008 - 27 answers

Moving to Seattle; landing safely.

At some point within the next year I will have the opportunity to move to Seattle, Washington in order to be with the man I love. He will be relocating there in order to pursue his career. However I have some cold feet… [more inside]
posted by kzin602 on Jul 30, 2008 - 11 answers

Help! I'm being extorted/blackmailed/strong-armed by my sister in law!

My wife and I asked her sister for my wife's wedding dress back. She is refusing to give it to us until we pay her for damage to her car. [more inside]
posted by adi on Jul 27, 2008 - 58 answers

But... my dog *has* a job. She loves me!

Man who was raised in a culture where animals are meant to be working on a farm and not kept for fun... dating a dog-lovin' woman who owns a face-licking puppy. Clearly not a long-term match perhaps, but how to ease the discomfort of either party, respect everyone's feelings, and bypass disagreements? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jul 22, 2008 - 69 answers

She'z emotionally unavailablez.

Is "not emotionally available" ever a temporary thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2008 - 29 answers

Am I just happier being single?

Am I just happier being single? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2008 - 31 answers

Should I insist he tell me he loves me?

I'm verbal. He's not. Is our relationship doomed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2008 - 23 answers

Fizzled Out on Passion

Depression has knocked my passion (for everything) out. Gwargh. What do I do while I get therapy sorted? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 21, 2008 - 13 answers

How to ask for a divorce after 26 years?

How to ask for a divorce after 26 years of marriage? I want to do it in a way that causes as little pain as possible, and makes room for as much constructive problem-solving as possible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2008 - 23 answers

How to help my girlfriend overcome her past?

Background info: I've been dating my girlfriend for almost 2years and we both love each other very much. However, every once in awhile she will get depressed because of her troubled past. She is my first girlfriend, while she's had a few bad partners who I would punch in the face if I ever saw them. Just to name a few, she was physically abused by one, had a "friends with benefits" she is extremely disgusted/ashamed about. Every once in awhile her past will come back and cause her a lot of suffering. I've been very patient, respectful, loving and understanding to her throughout our entire relationship. However, I feel helpless to help her overcome her past. I've suggested counseling but she thinks it won't really help. Has anyone gone through something similar? I want to help her but I don't know how? Do I just continue doing what I am doing? Thank you in advance
posted by HBomb on Jul 17, 2008 - 24 answers

Love: what do women want?

Can somebody (especially women) point me to images in film, text, or other media of the kind of lover that women would think of as loving, appreciative, and understanding, as well as manly and attractive, or comment on my situation in ways that would help me understand how to be a better lover to my beloved wife? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2008 - 50 answers

How can I overcome my sexual shyness?

I would like to be more, er, assertive in bed, but I'm too shy. How can I get past this? Is there a good self-help book on the subject? Is there anything you've personally tried that worked for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2008 - 19 answers

Relationship minefield

Yep, it's another sticky relationship question on AskMe. A recent divorce, a friend of a mother... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2008 - 13 answers

How to split the baby

I'm looking for thoughts on how to split up baby care between partners during maternity leave. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jul 10, 2008 - 17 answers

Physical compliments from men: return them, or no?

I have a question about paying physical compliments to men, especially in the early stages of a relationship. Men compliment women about their appearance often. Do they want these compliments returned, or is there a separate protocol for woman-to-man commentary? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 9, 2008 - 42 answers

How do I rebuild my self-esteem after a break-up?

How can I rebuild my self-esteem after a break-up? [more inside]
posted by zembla3 on Jul 9, 2008 - 18 answers

You're so gay, and you don't even like boys... ???

I fell in love with my best friend, who is a guy. I’m a young bisexual guy. Apparently, he is not. Did the “wrong thing” and told him about how I felt, and was rejected, but things seemed okay afterward. However, I’m still hurting, I’m feeling delusional about it, and sometimes I think that he inadvertently isn’t helping… how do I live with my best friend now? Help me, Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2008 - 25 answers

Yes, I know I did a horrible thing, now how do I fix it?

So... I drunkenly hooked up with one of my really good friends and found out he's had feelings for me for YEARS, I had a good time, but am not looking for a boyfriend, what's the right thing to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2008 - 24 answers

People management

People Management: How to make time for people? Family-members, friends and others. [more inside]
posted by The1andonly on Jul 2, 2008 - 22 answers

Dear Mother, let me share the cover with my lover

What is the best way to communicate with my parent regarding my wishes for an upcoming visit from the girlfriend? Specifically, sleeping arrangements... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2008 - 59 answers

Prenup Angst

I'm getting married in just over 2 weeks time. Some time ago my fiance said he wanted a prenup, and after some resistance I assented. Nothing happened until last week. Now we're in the process and I'm finding it so repellent and depressing that I'm questioning...well, everything. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2008 - 83 answers

"He's Just Not That Into You": Fact or Fiction?

Question for the guys: I've been reading "He's Just Not That Into You," which posits that if a guy is really interested in a woman, he'll pursue her relentlessly, no matter what else is going on in his life. Is this a valid theory? Has there ever been a time when you really liked a woman and were attracted to her, but didn't pursue a relationship because of external factors that had nothing to do with her (e.g. work problems, family illness, trauma of past relationship)?
posted by zembla3 on Jun 29, 2008 - 59 answers

No TV, no beer make Homer something something...

Borderline Personality Disorder: What's next? [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky on Jun 27, 2008 - 17 answers

How to break the news to the conservative parents?

My girlfriend and I have been living together for about a year, and her conservative Asian parents don't know. How do we break the news to them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2008 - 20 answers

Should I stay or go?

Follow-up to this. So I finally managed to break things off with the one in my class. I had some talks with some other people also and realized that it wasn't good for me, and I was essentially being used. Right now we don't speak at all, which is perfectly fine for me, and I spend my time interacting with everyone else. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2008 - 13 answers

How can I find the 8th grade teacher who inspired me so much?

How do I track down the amazing 8th grade teacher I had in 1994? I've tried all the obvious things, but no luck... [more inside]
posted by ardief on Jun 23, 2008 - 14 answers

I'm scared.

Please help me lessen this fear I have of getting hurt so that I can feel like myself and enjoy my new relationship. [more inside]
posted by blithely on Jun 16, 2008 - 8 answers

Getting engaged should feel so right, but why do my guts ache when I think of my future life?

I got engaged a couple of weeks ago, but ever since I have been having huge nagging doubts that I am doing the right thing. I worry I am settling for companionship, caring and safety but without the feelings of passion or true love I should be feeling. I am like the character in the film "Marty" who describes himself as "a short, fat, ugly man" (except I'm not short). What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2008 - 21 answers

How do I enjoy sex in my twenties without prejudicing my future partners?

So, I'm 21 years old and trying to figure out the appropriate way to treat sexual relationships. On the one hand, I want to become more experienced and enjoy my youth. On the other hand, I don't want to be too hedonistic if this might damage future relationships or my ability to trust or be trusted. I would like to try out a few relationships first before seeking something long-term, but I don't want this to hurt my chances for something long-term. Are there any ground rules I need to lay down beforehand? Am I expecting to have my cake and eat it too? [more inside]
posted by whitedoor on Jun 14, 2008 - 26 answers

I fell in love with Sweetie McFartsalot

The SO and I are shacking up. We have a very good relationship and we love each other. However, there is a problem in the bedroom. No, not that kind of problem. See, my girlfriend has really bad, eye-watering, stomach-turning gas. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2008 - 28 answers

Leave me alone!

Ex-boyfriend mails crazy letter to my family. Seems to have totally lost it, and concocted a conspiracy theory that they were out to get him, and will somehow end up destroying my life. I. Am. Freaked. Out. Next steps? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2008 - 23 answers

Tell her sweet little lies?

When my girlfriend asks me about my sexual fantasies, should I tell her that I think about having sex with her friends, or lie? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2008 - 61 answers

Can I make my sociopathically selfish ex Be There for me?

I'm scheduled to have a medical (pill) abortion in a situation involving my optimistic, scientifically brilliant, clueless ex-boyfriend. For some irrational reason, he's the only person I want with me while I go through with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2008 - 34 answers

How do you stay flirtatious, witty, and mysterious when you REALLY like someone?

Help me Don Juan Kenobi, you're my only hope; or How do you stay flirtatious, witty, and mysterious when you REALLY like someone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2008 - 12 answers

is the fat lady singing?

is this relationship worth saving? (of course, a lot more inside.) [more inside]
posted by violetk on Jun 3, 2008 - 50 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

Principles for when to speak up in relationships and when to keep your mouth shut.

What are some good principles and shorthand rules for when you should communicate what you're thinking/feeling to friends/friends-who-are-potential-lovers/lovers. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on May 23, 2008 - 12 answers

She likes me, I like her... Why can't it be so simple?

What exactly did I do wrong with this girl, and what can I do to rectify it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2008 - 55 answers

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