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What is the social/psychological function of nostalgia?

I'm asking specifically for nostalgia for a time before you were born, i.e. the Blitz parties/40s tea dances that have big in the UK for the past decade, or the popularity of Speakeasy-themed bars in the US. I'm thinking of nights that require you to dress in theme specifically and celebrate that time. [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Feb 13, 2014 - 15 answers

Dogs misbehave, but only when we're out

After an incident involving a trip to the emergency vet, I need MeFi's advice on how to keep our dogs well-behaved when we're not around. They are delightful when we're home. Minor chewing of shoes and bringing snails into the house, typical puppy stuff but nothing we can't handle. When we're not home... jumping onto tables and countertops, and using dining chairs as a way to reach things on high shelves which are then destroyed and eaten. How do we teach them not to jump onto tables? Obligatory photo inside, as well as more details. [more inside]
posted by harriet vane on Jan 6, 2014 - 30 answers

Hey look at me!

I am fascinated and more then a little curious about self-promotion. Not the kind that you use to get hired or promote a new project or in a professional way, more of the spectacular kind of like the Xmas letter variety where everyone and all is so super great, but not just limited to that. [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Jan 4, 2014 - 27 answers

Cross-cultural meal times & frequency

How standard is the 3-meals-a-day eating behaviour? What about times of day for eating, x-culturally? It would be interesting to hear any insights from folks outside of North America. Thank you!
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl on Nov 22, 2013 - 22 answers

What professional can identify what's wrong/weird about my behaviour?

I have never had many close friends or intimate relationships, and i know that other people find my behaviour off-putting. But due to politeness, nobody will tell me! What profession's job is to just plain tell me what's not ok with my basic behaviour (eg voice volume, personal space) so i can stop pushing everyone away without meaning to? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Apr 15, 2013 - 30 answers

my friend's son has asperger's and his behaviour is worrying her.

Asking for a dear Australian friend, "Ariane" who feels she has nowhere else to turn. Any and all advice gratefully received. "My son Henry is 19 years old and has Aspergers. He has a little brother George who is 12 and a sister Lily who is 2 1/2. We all live at home with my partner (who is the biological father of Lily). [more inside]
posted by taff on Mar 18, 2013 - 16 answers

The plane is a time machine

I act childish and feel patronized whenever I go back home from university to my parents and (much) older sister. I think this is a known phenomenon. What can I do to minimize this? (Snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Feb 22, 2013 - 10 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

Handling the stress

Is teaching for me? How do I handle this stress [more inside]
posted by marcusesses on Nov 7, 2012 - 24 answers

I know he WANTS to behave...

Help me solve the behavioural issues that have cropped up in my five and a half year old. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Oct 24, 2012 - 23 answers

Classroom management advice plz

I'm a newly certified teacher, teaching in the UK, and I'm getting eaten alive. How do I survive the year? [more inside]
posted by marcusesses on Sep 24, 2012 - 26 answers

Is it possible to make my cat less needy?

Cat psychology filter: Is it possible to make my cat less needy? [more inside]
posted by randomnity on May 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Teach me how to behave like a leader

Teach me how to behave like a leader - and skip all of the theory. I want books and/or podcasts that teach leadership behaviour step-by-step. [more inside]
posted by damian_ on Dec 18, 2011 - 21 answers

Am I making my dog depressed?

Am I harming my dog by not walking it every day? And why won't she play with her ball anymore? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Dec 7, 2011 - 53 answers

How can I become aware of my unconscious behaviour patterns?

It has been suggested to me that I exhibit unconscious behaviour patterns which are giving people I interact with a different message to the one I would prefer. How can I become aware of these unconscious behaviour patterns? [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung on Sep 28, 2011 - 16 answers

She looked me straight in the eye... and peed on the bed.

Asking for a family member. How does one deal with a cat that is off-the-rails passive aggressive? [more inside]
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace on Aug 16, 2011 - 15 answers

What's so cool about flying in squares?

vacapinta asked this way back in 2004 but the answers provided did not satiate my curiosity so I'm asking it again: What are these circling (or squaring) flies? I live in San Francisco but I saw them when I lived in Southern California too. I don't have a pressing reason I need the information, I'm just curious as all get-out about them. [more inside]
posted by dolface on Jul 8, 2011 - 3 answers

How to get a kitten to be our dog's best friend?

Tips for a successful dog and kitten union? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jul 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Recomendations for keeping Pretty Boy Floyd happy

What is the most valuable book or website about dogs, dog training, & dog behaviour. [more inside]
posted by Fence on Jun 10, 2011 - 11 answers

What is Time Machine Backing Up?

Why is Time Machine backing up nearly a Gigabyte every time? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Apr 23, 2011 - 11 answers

Psychological Conditioning in the Real World

What are some practical ways to implement classical and operant conditioning in the real world to change people's behaviour? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Feb 2, 2011 - 23 answers

NO! NO! NO!

Dog behavior resources? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert on Jan 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Anger is affecting my life

Why am I so angry and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Dec 27, 2010 - 24 answers

Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde

Is there a way to control my cat's occasional bouts of short term insanity? It only happens at my mom's house, and usually at night. [more inside]
posted by scrute on Nov 13, 2010 - 13 answers

Annoying cat is annoying

So we have a cat. He came with the house, and probably not the cat we would have picked for ourselves, but now he's ours and we love him. However he's recently added a new behavioral problem to a list of behavioral problems that isn't as short as all that: From 3 in the morning onwards he wanders the house and meows constantly. [more inside]
posted by Artw on Oct 22, 2010 - 25 answers

Tacit golden rules for work

I am having a little trouble at work...with all the unspoken rules and expectations. I don't have anyone to teach me these things nor do I have enough/any work experience to learn..and I'd like to learn these things fast! [more inside]
posted by xm on Jul 7, 2010 - 30 answers

Kitten Discipline

Our kitten is about 9 months old, desexed and he's still behaving badly. We've tried various discipline methods suggested to us but none have really worked. Advice would be very much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jun 24, 2010 - 24 answers

Is it acceptable to judge one's behaviour/attitude through his actions?

Is it acceptable to judge one's behaviour/attitude through his actions? [more inside]
posted by red_rika on Jan 30, 2010 - 32 answers

Oompa Loompa doompadee doo I've got another puzzle for you

I am thinking about doing a study in my school that correlates diet with behaviour, what advice would you give me to ensure watertight data and conclusions? Any other interesting variables I could look at? [more inside]
posted by Saddo on Jan 18, 2010 - 14 answers

Can you stop my dog from humping other dogs?

DogBehaviourFilter: my 15 month old Lab has become addicted to humping other dogs. Keeps hopping up there, doesn't understand the "no" signals from the other dog. This needs to stop, please help! [more inside]
posted by gwpcasey on Dec 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Cat vs cat in new enviroment for both

My boyfriend and I each have a cat. We're moving in together. Help? [more inside]
posted by lovebird on Apr 12, 2009 - 14 answers

Purrrrrrrrr

Why do humans enjoy it when cats purr?
posted by Artw on Apr 11, 2009 - 31 answers

Strange feline behaviour

Help me understand my cat's strange behaviour [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Dec 20, 2008 - 27 answers

My cat's a nightmare (washing, pooping, moving socks, flicking letterboxes...). Any suggestions?

I've got a problematic cat. She's a stray. I've had her for 8 years now, and we estimate she was about 4 months old when she decided to join me. There are 4 main problems: the persistent washing (till she bleeds); the crapping on the floor; the moving of socks and other small items around the house; and the general neediness. The vet is out of ideas. I have this naive hope that there will be a solution (ah, your cat has "Needywashingcrappersock syndrome, ms handee"). But I'm running out of patience (and cash). So it is time to Ask Metafilter. Anyone got any ideas? [more inside]
posted by handee on Oct 20, 2008 - 35 answers

Class consciousness

What behaviours identify someone as belonging to the lower class, and resources (books/websites) for improving them? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jul 25, 2008 - 70 answers

Mad Magpie?

There is a magpie sitting in the middle of the grass in my garden with its beak wide open, its tail fanned out, and its wings spread. I thought it might be hurt, so I approached it, and it flew away with no apparent problems. It returned to the same spot and took up the same position a couple of minutes later. [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Jul 21, 2008 - 12 answers

Mr Cringe-a-lot

I'm getting a bit tired of my own cringing, and wonder how others have dealt with it. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Jul 18, 2008 - 51 answers

OK, that's fantastic. Not.

What are the benefits of camouflaging or down-playing disappointment? [more inside]
posted by strawberryviagra on Jun 2, 2008 - 14 answers

How dare you! ... we like it.

What are some audacious things that people have done to convince someone of their goal/cause/opinion or change their mind - and succeed? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 27, 2008 - 17 answers

My cat and I are going to run away and join the circus.

Dogs seem to be easy to train to do tricks, cats, not so. I have taught her to eat treats off the furniture (and she often fluffs that) but not much else. She doesn't respond to commands or perform any tricks on demand. Can you give me hints or tips I might employ to make my cat become a star?
posted by tellurian on Nov 13, 2007 - 30 answers

NYC Non Schmucking.

How do I act like a New Yorker? [more inside]
posted by brautigan on Jul 26, 2007 - 100 answers

Mind your own damn business!

MeFites:Help me figure out the best way to deal with my ridiculously rude, yelling neighbor. [more inside]
posted by engling on Jun 26, 2007 - 58 answers

Why did she laugh when I kissed her?

Friend laughed when I kissed her cheek/ear what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by swiffa on May 19, 2007 - 24 answers

Personality assumptions based on interpersonal interaction.

What assumptions can generally be made about a person or potential partner based on their treatment of others? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja on Mar 7, 2007 - 32 answers

Grace under fire

How can I learn to keep a cool head in stressful situations ? [more inside]
posted by cobrien on Jul 20, 2006 - 21 answers

My Cat, The Poop Coach

My husband and I have a kinda old, kinda ornery cat with a meow not unlike a gameshow buzzer. She’s something along the lines of 14 or 15 years old and even as a kitten was never particularly cuddly. Most of the time she wants to be left alone to catch a beam to warm her arthritic bones. There are however, certain times of the day when she demands attention. [more inside]
posted by verveonica on Jun 21, 2006 - 33 answers

Feline attraction to allergic person

Cats are mysteriously drawn to me. [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on May 11, 2006 - 22 answers

healthy habits

How can I change my habits to be more healthy? [more inside]
posted by juniorbonner on Aug 23, 2005 - 19 answers

What are these circling bugs?

When I open the doors and windows sometimes these little gnats/flies come in and proceed to fly in small circles in the center of the room. I am sure many of you are familiar with this. What are they? Why are they doing this? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on May 24, 2004 - 13 answers

Cat Eating Habits

My cat almost always shows an interest in people food - until you offer it to her, upon which, almost invariably, she will sniff it and look disappointed. This happens even with uncooked chicken and tuna from the can. Also, whenever we open a can, she runs frantically into the kitchen and tries to see up on the counter - she eats dry cat food, and I've tried to serve her wet food, but no dice on that. Do cats really remember a specific food from the past? Is she hoping for something gross I would never buy, like canned pigs feet or something? Or was she perhaps posioned by people food and distrusts it now? She came from a shelter a couple of years ago (found in a motel) so I have no idea what her background is.
posted by agregoli on Feb 6, 2004 - 30 answers

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