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How to not act superior?

I received some feedback recently that I come across as arrogant, condescending, and pretentious. How can I stop coming across this way, externally? How can I get at the root of underlying attitudes, internally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2013 - 53 answers

Stranger danger

Was I being creepy / out of line when I offered this girl a ride? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Mar 4, 2013 - 46 answers

My Dog Thinks He's A Cat

I have a 3-year-old pomeranian that has suddenly decided he wants to get under and behind all the furniture. [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Mar 1, 2013 - 13 answers

WHAT on EARTH is our dog doing??

So here is the traditional routine: I get up in the morning or I come home from work. I get dressed or change out of work clothes. Here is what happens... [more inside]
posted by michellenoel on Feb 26, 2013 - 13 answers

What is this particular behavior called?

What is this particular behavior called? [more inside]
posted by side effect on Feb 18, 2013 - 29 answers

why do men spit in urinals and keep flushing while pissing?

OK, weird question this week, but I have wondered about this for a while. I've noticed in public bathrooms there are a lot of men who either 1) spit in the urinal continuously while peeing or 2) keep pulling the flush handle while standing there pissing or 3) do both of these at the same time. I'm sure there are multiple reasons for why to do this, but I am curious as to your speculations about why they are doing it. Is the spitting some way of being macho? Is the constant flushing some way of disposing that which is "dirty"? the "normative" behavior is to piss and then flush, so why this variant (which also wastes a lot of water BTW)? Why the combination of both spitting and flushing? I think we may reveal something about male psychology or social ideology here.
posted by cmp4Meta on Feb 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Fiction: Someone is being drugged without them realizing it

I am looking for books or movies where someone is unknowingly drugged in such a way that it changes their behavior/personality but there are no obvious side effects like blackouts or hallucinations. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Jan 29, 2013 - 30 answers

Is there a specific word or phrase for the following behavior?

I've been racking my brain trying to figure out if there is a specific word or term that defines the following behavior: when someone says "I know you don't/said (x) but ..." For example: "I know you said you don't drink coffee, but this one is really good and you should drink it" or "I know you said you're really busy with your job and new baby but I would really like you to take the time to email me and tell me what's new with you." I'm not looking for words or phrases that ambiguously describe how this behavior makes an individual feel (e.g. "annoying") but rather something that would be used as a clinical definition to refer to this particular behavior (e.g. "passive-aggressive," "gaslighting," etc.)
posted by matrushka on Jan 15, 2013 - 28 answers

How to handle a nice dog's mean moods

My wife and I have a corgi/heeler mix who will be two years old in May. She's an absolute sweetheart most of the time but gets into foul moods occasionally where she will snarl and bite. Once she's in a bad mood she tends to stay that way for a few hours. How can we correct that behavior? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Does this behavioral bias have a name?

I’m interested in learning more about the phenomenon where people who experience a particular scenario become especially focused on that scenario, to the exclusion of other scenarios that may be statistically more likely, and possibly even leading to irrational or risky behavior. [more inside]
posted by payoto on Jan 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me deal with my sister's baby daddy's behavior.

I have a problem with my little sister's baby daddy. He's racist, bigoted, irresponsible, and I can see that he's a bad person for my sister and their child. It's driving me crazy, and being around him is breaking my heart. What can/should I do? Warning: some derogatory language within. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Dec 22, 2012 - 47 answers

Do you know about any researchers studying human behavior with regard to motivation, habits, and goal-setting, or books/papers about those topics?

Do you know about any researchers studying human behavior with regard to motivation, habits, and goal-setting, or books/papers about those topics? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Dec 19, 2012 - 9 answers

How to make a struggling kindergartner feel valued

How to help child struggling in kindergarten? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2012 - 29 answers

5 doughnuts later, I'm ready to admit that I've got a problem

Stress eating well on the way into binge eating. How do I stop it?! [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Dec 10, 2012 - 14 answers

Kitteh, teh protector?

What is up with my boyfriend's cat? Do cats "sense" certain things? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Dec 6, 2012 - 22 answers

How can we prevent our cat from ambushing the other cat when he uses the litter?

How can we prevent our cat from ambushing the other cat when he uses the litter? [more inside]
posted by ridogi on Dec 5, 2012 - 28 answers

Kid=1 Snow Pants=0

My child hates/refuses to wear outdoor clothing? HELP! [more inside]
posted by white_magnolia on Nov 16, 2012 - 47 answers

Okay technically I lied.

Milgram Experiment: Give me examples of other psychological experiments which involved false pretenses. [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Nov 9, 2012 - 17 answers

buyer behaviors

I'm looking for any data that supports that conversion rates for trial offers are higher when there is a nominal cost for the product or service versus a FREE offer.
posted by pmaxwell on Oct 26, 2012 - 0 answers

What are some cognitive hacks to interrupt yourself when you can tell you're falling into a borderline obsessive behavior?

What are some cognitive hacks to interrupt yourself when you can tell you're falling into a borderline obsessive behavior? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Oct 9, 2012 - 16 answers

Did I just offend this landscaper?

What did I do that was inappropriate in my consultation with this gardener/ landscape designer? [more inside]
posted by steinwald on Sep 22, 2012 - 30 answers

Intruder Alert!

With a new neighborhood comes new neighborhood cats, and one of our indoor cats is freaking out. What do we do about this? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Sep 17, 2012 - 16 answers

I'm reckless, it's expensive. How do I change?

I'm reckless, it's expensive. How do I change? [more inside]
posted by lyinlion on Sep 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Dog Nibbles Sheets

My dog "chews" bed sheets. She leaves no holes, which is why I use quotation marks. She sits on the floor close to the bed and nibbles with her front teeth on the edge of the bed. She's done this for years; she's an eight year old pit bull. Does anyone know why she does this?
posted by Kazimirovna on Sep 5, 2012 - 11 answers

How do you get "eyes on the back of your head"?

How to have eyes on the back of your head and stop a teenager in their tracks when bullshitting and breaking the rules? [more inside]
posted by misspony on Aug 14, 2012 - 19 answers

What do cats do when the Greys come for the humans?

Among narratives about visitations by the "Grey" aliens, are there any that talk about what cats do during the alien encounter? Do they just chill all cool-style? Do they FREAK OUT. Do they meow a lot or do they hiss or do they go hide someplace? Do they even try to bite the aliens (would be v. brave, imo). For the purposes of this question, let's allow both ostensibly fictional narratives and ostensibly real ones.
posted by Greg Nog on Aug 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Ever since the move you've changed... asshole

Why is our dog suddenly being an asshole? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Jul 30, 2012 - 15 answers

Why is my ex girlfriend acting this way?

Help me understand my ex girlfriend's recent behavior. VERY LONG [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jul 26, 2012 - 43 answers

What's the best approach when my puppy growls and snap at people and other animals?s

What's the best approach when my puppy growls and snap at people and other animals? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jul 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Mea culpa. I'm here to learn.

I started a new job in a completely new place and I want to be the best colleague I can be. What are some tips or commonsense things for me to remember and internalize about appropriate workplace behavior? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 - 8 answers

What is up with this child?

I watch a 10-year-old girl whose behavior is very strange and I'd like to get to the bottom of it. She's a family member, and no one seems to take me very seriously when I mention her oddities. I spend ~20 hours with her weekly, and the more time I spend with her, the more concerned I am. Many details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Jul 2, 2012 - 62 answers

How normal is it for my neutered male cat to act very un-neutered?

How normal is it for my neutered male cat to act very un-neutered? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Jun 13, 2012 - 19 answers

Teach me how to speak dog

Help me understand dogs. [more inside]
posted by rhythm and booze on Jun 5, 2012 - 40 answers

getting out of a suddenly dangerous dating situation

I just had a really upsetting/scary interaction with someone I've been dating/sleeping with and I'm not sure where to go from here. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on May 11, 2012 - 53 answers

Customizable/Universal Tracking App?

I would like to use a single smartphone app to track a customizable set of personal attributes and/or behaviors. For instance, I would like to track my daily weight, peak flows, alcoholic beverages consumed, run distances, and hours slept. I would like to do this with a single app, and not an app for each attribute/behavior being tracked. [more inside]
posted by u2604ab on May 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me keep my cat.

Cat Problems. We have a 7 year old cat who has always been mean to others, but loving and affectionate with us. Recently this has changed. What other options can I explore, as I don't want to give the little jerk up. Details (lots) Inside. [more inside]
posted by pickinganameismuchharderthanihadanticipated on May 8, 2012 - 21 answers

Stop us from sleep-murdering this sweet cat

How have you convinced your cat to let you sleep? (The cat who howls in the night). [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on May 7, 2012 - 30 answers

how to punish a cat

Cat bit the crap out of wife. Is locking in garage for punishment productive? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Apr 21, 2012 - 26 answers

Toddler behavior - throwing things but not out of anger - what to do?

My 16 month old son throws his cup or his food when he no longer wants it. Not emotional, not a tantrum, definitely willful. The boy looks us straight in the eye and throws. He doesn't seem to respond to a harsh "No!" or the more empathetic, gentle "we set our cup down nicely" approach. I am assuming this is pretty standard kid behavior, but is there anyway to curtail this behavior in a kind, constructive and effective manner? He is pretty happy, easy going little guy, right now.
posted by flesti on Apr 20, 2012 - 30 answers

Sonic dog bark control systems and hearing ranges.

In our two cat, one dog household, we are considering purchasing one of the many available Ultrasonic bark control systems (not the Collar versions!) Would the emitted sounds be audible to / affect the cats in the same way its intended to do for the dog? [more inside]
posted by Barmecide on Apr 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Stubborn kid with encopresis.

Stubborn 12-year-old with primary retentive encopresis. Refuses help. What to do? [more inside]
posted by schrodycat on Mar 17, 2012 - 16 answers

No, I am quite certain you can do this on your own now.

How can you tell if a child really needs help with something, or if they're just seeking attention? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Mar 4, 2012 - 16 answers

I'd like to be nicer

I'm casually critical much of the time. I'd like to change that. I'd especially like to stop casually criticizing and reflexively disagreeing with loved ones. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 - 20 answers

I LOVE YOU LET ME TASTE YOU

I love my new kitty, Agent Cooper, beyond all reason. He's 1 year old and was a stray, and he's been living with me for a month now. The problem is, he's a biter. I'm pretty sure it's an OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, CHOMP! kind of bite, but I want to be sure I am reading, and handling, his behavior correctly. [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Feb 20, 2012 - 27 answers

How to choose a therapist? Know one in the Loop, Chicago?

Can you recommend a great cognitive behavior therapist in the Loop, Chicago? Extra brownie points for one in North Loop. PS. On second thought, any tips on how to choose a therapist in the first place? What should I be looking for in a therapist? I want to minimize therapist hopping.
posted by gardenbex on Jan 23, 2012 - 3 answers

What is the inverse of schadenfreude?

What is the word (not necessarily in English) for feeling acute embarrassment for another person? And in a particular kind of situation... [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jan 18, 2012 - 14 answers

When isn't it acceptable anymore?

Does being passionate about something means you can let go of things you wouldn't in other situations? [more inside]
posted by OrangeCat on Jan 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Noise & cats not mixing - help!

How can I keep my cats calm during very, VERY noisy construction outside our apartment. [more inside]
posted by xetere on Jan 5, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I get my cats to stop knocking things over?

How do I cat-proof a bookshelf and desk? My cats like to climb on my bookshelf and desk and knock things off of them, sometimes for fun and sometimes to get my attention. I would like them to stop doing this. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Dec 30, 2011 - 32 answers

Birds of peace? Not always.

I work at an animal shelter and someone gave us white doves. There's a mom, dad, and son. Originally the son was very young and his feathers weren't grown in, so we kept them together. Now he is a young adult and both he & his dad are doing the "bow & coo" aggressive stance at each other. Should I separate him from his parents? I know doves shouldn't be alone, but they are getting territorial at this point, so what should we do?
posted by ktoad on Nov 22, 2011 - 4 answers

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