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There has to be more than this

I periodically get overcome by a feeling of what I can only describe as existential angst. Almost as if I can see life stretching in front of me and it's just more of the same: the daily grind of work, housework, weekends that are never long enough. Never feeling like I've achieved enough or done all the things I should, but also feeling like there's never enough time for it all. And what's the point anyway? Not in a "life is so meaningless I wish I was dead" kind of way, but just this nagging feeling that there's supposed to be something more than this. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Jun 9, 2014 - 39 answers

Hurt/comfort book recs needed for heartache fuel

I am looking for books that mainly have a hurt/comfort angle to it. Lots of angst is good (YES PLEASE FOR MY HEART), and romance, too, of course. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Apr 28, 2014 - 16 answers

Yahoo calendar on Android, for the love of all that is holy

If, when, how, and if not, why not, is there not a simple way of accessing and writing to a Yahoo calendar in Android? [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on Mar 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Overprotective Dad wonders what should he do?

So my awesome daughter is going to a University 2 days from home, she like myself is very introverted but self conscious... [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler on Sep 7, 2013 - 37 answers

Yet another "Should I stay in grad school?" question...

...but this time there is a newborn baby! This fall I will begin my 5th year in an English PhD program. I have been ambivalent about staying in my program pretty much since the first year, but have always come down on the side of staying in, even though I long ago decided I don't want to even try to become an English professor. Three weeks ago my husband and I had a baby, and that is making me less confident I want to continue. I need some help sorting this out. [more inside]
posted by apricot on Jun 9, 2013 - 7 answers

When you got everything, you got everything to lose.

I'm 23, and I've had an objectively great programming job for six months. Part of me wants to quit and become a barista or something. Am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2013 - 57 answers

Explaining science to non-scientists

Scientists of Metafilter: How do you answer the question, "What practical purpose does your research serve?" [more inside]
posted by vortex genie 2 on Oct 23, 2012 - 28 answers

Help me survive my twenties without completely losing my mind.

I'm a 24 year old lady with failed relationship woes. Help me stop feeling so crummy about myself and give me day-to-day ways to feel more centered, happy, and not-desperate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Hack my PhD

Should I finish my PhD? I'm concerned that there are career downsides to completing it as I will likely want to move forward in another field. (snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Sep 4, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I stop comparing my life to others'?

It seems like every day I will see someone accomplish something amazing. My first thought is not to be impressed or happy for them, but to try and find out their age. Then, if they are younger than I, I'm overcome with jealousy and regret. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Jul 6, 2012 - 33 answers

Decide you must, how to serve them best

I'm looking for possibilities for meaningful work within my chosen career path. [more inside]
posted by roboton666 on Oct 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me think of phrases that evoke youthful angst?

Help me think of some phrases, lyrics, or quotes that evoke youthful angst. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Oct 2, 2011 - 27 answers

Stare down the emotional pit or look elsewhere?

How do you deal with difficult family situations without imploding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 answers

What's the action plan for pure angst?

I've got angst - the honest-to-goodness, existential, "why are we here?" kind. Two years of trying to shake it haven't worked - and have sometimes made me wonder if it's worth fixing at all. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Sep 16, 2011 - 48 answers

How do you "business meeting"?

How does one go about doing a business meeting in a city? (specifically NYC) I'm meeting some potential employers for the first time, not sure of what protocol is... [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Jul 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Nah, nah, why don't you get a job?

Employment angst - what to do when not motivated by current fantastic job? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jun 16, 2011 - 15 answers

What does resiny want to do with his life?

Graduation approaches, and the need for direction and finding a job I want feels ever more acute. Help me figure out what kind of work I want and how to go about getting it. [more inside]
posted by resiny on Mar 1, 2011 - 11 answers

Fight to stay where I don't want to be?

I've become a terrible employee after 2 years in my first real job. It is awesome on paper but I've never wanted to be there, and lately my boss can tell. He called me in for a Very Serious Talk before I left for the weekend, though it included assurances that he cared about me as a person... to the point that he mentioned helping me find a different job that might be a better fit. I feel crazy awkward and embarrassed about the situation, and I would love to take that offer at face value, but it reeks of Bad Idea. Is it? [LONG + arguably should be filed under human relations] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2010 - 15 answers

i scream in my mind all day

i feel like there are two of me and i am constantly fighting myself it is exhausting (big ol' long crazy post inside) [more inside]
posted by inmyhead on Aug 6, 2010 - 23 answers

Journalist ponders life outside this sinking industry

I want to be a corporate litigator. Or a government economist. Or a geophysicist. Or corporate finance guru. Or something. Please held this 32-year-old journalist explore possible second career options. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Apr 12, 2010 - 30 answers

Do Not Hurry, Do Not Wait - What's the Waiting Period for Grief Taking Over Your Life?

In total grief mode after the recent death of a much loved family member. The standard advice is to take things slow for a period of time after that death, so that you can come to terms with what happened and re-group. What I'm finding is that besides just being sad over losing this person, I'm also having some of the usual "what's it all about?" and "if life can be cut short like that, how do I make the most of it." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2010 - 9 answers

The business report. It burns.

Writing business reports is a lot more stressful for me than it should be. Please help me get the words out the door. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Feb 10, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I handle a fundamental conflict between my worldview and that of society at large?

I have certain feelings, beliefs, and opinions that don't seem to match those of the rest of the Western World. I feel like I'm going crazy. What, if anything, can I do to deal with it? [more inside]
posted by Xezlec on Jan 24, 2010 - 121 answers

Running out of beans, in my head.

Datingfilter: Did I just get blown off? Yes, there's more bean platiness to this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2009 - 44 answers

What are small ways you use to make a mundane life more bearable?

What are small ways you use to make a mundane life more bearable? [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf on Feb 15, 2009 - 53 answers

For all those beautiful bulemics out there, this song goes out to YOU!

A close friend and I are embarking on a collegiate radio adventure through the wrist-slittingly fun world of teenage problems and angst. We're developing a list of musical sub-themes and came to one we like in theory but don't have much material for: Eating Disorders! Does anyone know of any (any) any (any) songs about Eating Disorders? Please share!
posted by Keter on Feb 2, 2009 - 22 answers

How do I move on?

Still new to relationships and the heartbreak that comes with. Somewhat long post with teen angst inside. [more inside]
posted by Yasuo on Dec 24, 2008 - 23 answers

Help me navigate my crisis of meaning

Help me navigate my crisis of meaning [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2008 - 39 answers

Is there help for people who suck at helping themselves?

Angst and melancholy aside, I persistently fear that I will never be able to happily integrate into society. I know I need help, but I can’t figure out how to overcome my negative emotions and in succumbing to them I only feed into my cycle of avoidance and disappointment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2008 - 14 answers

communal apartment laundries...making you hate laundry even more since 2008

The communal washing machines in my apartment building are worthless. They don't remove any sort of stain or spill, regardless of solubility or severity. When I remove the wet clothes from the washer, nasty stripes and splotches of lint cover my clothes (especially obvious on darks). Is there a specific complaint I can make to my landlord, or should I just give up and go to a laundromat? [more inside]
posted by sararah on May 9, 2008 - 18 answers

No olvidarse de mí

Seeking quality Spanish language young adult or youth fiction, in its original language, way cool if it has one or more of science fiction/fantasy, coming of age, teen angst, or subjects parents usually have difficulty discussing with their offspring. [more inside]
posted by phrits on Mar 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Very short nonconsensual sexual activity: confused, upset, guilty, anxious, please advise!

I had a bad, less than entirely consensual sexual experience that I'm confused about and having difficulty moving past. I'm hoping for insight about resolving this and moving on, because it's causing me some anxiety and I want to feel good about my sexuality. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2008 - 52 answers

midlife crisis?

Recommended reading for midlife crisis/moral quandary? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Nov 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Fresno? Ono!

Help me figure out whether I can live in Fresno. [more inside]
posted by scrump on Jun 1, 2006 - 4 answers

How can I learn to stop worrying and love the dentist?

Help me not be terrified of the dentist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2005 - 27 answers

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