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I will give you space until it comes out of your ears

It's early days in our relationship yet, and I like this guy tremendously, but his communication practices are driving me up the wall. Am I being too demanding or do I have some basis for feeling neglected? more flakey snowflakeness inside [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Dec 9, 2014 - 43 answers

Should I say what I need to say?

Stuck on someone, but things got weird and awkward. Would it be a good idea to open up and just let this person know how I feel about them? Wall o' text commences... [more inside]
posted by christiehawk on Jun 25, 2014 - 16 answers

I really just need a walkthrough.

I am really terrible at 1) figuring out what the hell I want, and 2) communicating it. I've started dating a guy and this problem is magnifying my relationship anxieties by a thousand, and it's starting to make me super stressed. Please tell me what I'm doing wrong here! [more inside]
posted by sockitysock on Jun 4, 2014 - 19 answers

Was it something I said?

I asked a boy out! And he said yes! But then he didn't respond when I tried to nail down the details. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2014 - 10 answers

A Watched Phone Never Rings

Whenever I am anticipating a date with or a text from the guy that I'm with, I suddenly find myself avoiding everything I need to do in order to just mentally prep for that encounter. This is obviously not a productive or healthy way to anticipate a good thing, but I have acted this way since I was 16 and now at 26 I want to stop trying to be so damn available. Aside from keeping myself busy with obligations I MUST attend to lest there be Serious Repercussions, what else can I do to persuade my mind that living my life in the intervals will allow me to have better relationships, not the other way around?
posted by Hermione Granger on Apr 21, 2014 - 15 answers

Parents hate my boyfriend...How should I talk to them?

I have dated someone on and off for over a year, we have learned a lot about each other and have unfortunatly been through some ups and downs. We see each other coming out stronger than ever and working through everything but it is taking some time...I am fighting for this because I know what we have is special and what he provides me is what I have been looking for. [more inside]
posted by BrandNewMe on Feb 24, 2014 - 25 answers

I love it when you...don't do that.

What is an effective way to speak to a new partner about bettering their ability to perform cunnilingus? [more inside]
posted by anonymoosemoosemoose on Feb 14, 2014 - 19 answers

How to Express a Dating Deal Breaker Respectfully

Later tonight I will be going on a second date with a new guy that seems like a promising fit. One thing he brought up during the first date is that he's about to go to Amsterdam for a few days and that while there he's looking forward to relaxing and smoking pot. Pot use is a deal breaker for me, but I want to make sure I have all the facts before I let him know that. How do I collect that info respectfully, and then let him know that pot's a deal breaker for me without sounding really weird? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Sep 29, 2013 - 32 answers

Dating filter: I like this guy - but he only talks about himself

I'm interested in dating and otherwise be-friend a guy. We have common interests and he seems to be "nice" and has a high level of intelligence. That said - Every conversation revolves around him. I love to ask people questions and let them "talk freely about their life or whatever"... but at some point you want to have a two-sided conversation. How can I politely make this point without coming across in the wrong way? This is not someone I have known longer then a couple dates.
posted by audio on Sep 18, 2013 - 25 answers

How can I communicate with my boyfriend more effectively?

I don't know how to handle minor conflict with my boyfriend. Specifically, I don't know how to deal with myself when I do things wrong. I can't stop beating myself up in my head. [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Jul 29, 2013 - 33 answers

Communication in the early days of dating

What are your tips to keeping the lines of communication open in the first few weeks of dating someone new? [more inside]
posted by toerinishuman on Feb 3, 2013 - 6 answers

How do you spot Dating Warning Phrases?

Can you help me to better distinguish cheery lovebird songs vs. the squawks of ailing canaries in my dating coal mine? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Jan 30, 2013 - 89 answers

How much contact is appropriate after a break-up?

I broke up with my then-fiancée in September 2012. What is the appropriate amount of contact after a break-up? I've struggled with finding a good balance. Give me some advice for the next go-round. [more inside]
posted by mellosphere on Jan 8, 2013 - 32 answers

How can I encourage more open communication with people?

Help with encouraging communication early in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by randomnity on Jan 2, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I turn him down without crushing him?

How can I avoid leading a guy on when he won't come out and state his attraction? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Dec 14, 2012 - 28 answers

What should I do about this guy?

What should I do about this guy? I'll preface this by saying I have pretty much no prior experience, so I'm not sure about what's considered "normal" in terms of communication (FYI this is a little long)... [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Oct 26, 2012 - 28 answers

Dealing with insecurity in the BDSM/poly life

BDSMfilter: Newbie male bottom + experienced poly top = insecurity vortex! Help! [more inside]
posted by RockPuppet on Oct 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Is he or isn't he "into it"?

He's just not that into you. How much of this is true and how can one ever really know? Scenario/question after the jump. [more inside]
posted by patientpatient on Aug 30, 2012 - 23 answers

Seriously confused by recent breakup.

Why am I hopeful with this ex-girlfriend ? [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Jul 28, 2012 - 31 answers

All I ask is an email, damn it!

For those of you who don't contact your SO every day - and for those of you who got used to a SO who goes radio silent: Help! I'd love some perspective. [more inside]
posted by mylittlepoppet on Apr 19, 2012 - 50 answers

How do you deal with opposing communication styles?

Texter vs. non-texter relations: How do you deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 - 64 answers

Should I tell him I know he is a liar, or is that too drama queen of me?

In July, I entered my only FWB relationship. I started catching feelings, and he decided he couldn't reciprocate. He came back into my life on New Year's Eve wanting more. HOWEVER, I have found out some things that have inspired my current run for the hills (irrelevant as it may be, the nitty-gritty is inside). How do I tell him that I know the truth? Or, should I just go cold turkey on communication? [more inside]
posted by acertainseason on Jan 4, 2012 - 26 answers

how to survive long-distance neediness

how needy is too needy in a long-distance relationship? [more inside]
posted by happyjuice on Dec 4, 2011 - 17 answers

So, um, do you like....stuff?

What are some questions I can ask new dating partners to get to know them beyond a superficial level? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Oct 25, 2011 - 24 answers

How do I approach a second date?

Never dated someone I didn't already know. Some advice on dating protocol? [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Oct 16, 2011 - 19 answers

Conversational Tennis: 30-Love

How to get my boyfriend to engage in more conversations with me? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Jun 2, 2011 - 39 answers

Apparently I've wandered into a Love Triangle...how to get out?

Fell for someone, thought it was over and started to move on, now maybe it isn't?? Lots of complexities and juicy details inside (long, naturally) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Seasonal gift giving dilemma

Did I give her an xmas gift? Should I be giving her a(n another) xmas gift? [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto on Dec 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me reign this talker in so I can get to know him better.

We all hear about too little communication during dating and a relationship. How about the reverse? Help me assert my need for less communication in a new friendship/potential relationship. [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms on Dec 5, 2010 - 34 answers

How to stop feeling ditched for the party?

Last night I called my boyfriend, completely distraught and partially crying. He said he'd call me back, but he never did. He went to a party instead. I feel completely unimportant to him. Am I being too sensitive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2010 - 54 answers

When do I tell new partners about erectile dysfunction?

When (and how) do I tell new romantic partners about my erectile dysfunction? How would you react to a guy telling you this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2010 - 14 answers

What's the etiquette for ending a short-term relationship?

What is the decent method for calling things off with a woman after a month of dating, sleeping together, but never defining the relationship? In person? Over the phone? Via e-mail? [more inside]
posted by lamprey on May 23, 2010 - 54 answers

I love you...maybe...

I want to say "I love you", but I'm not sure if it's just force of habit. "I'm a special snowflake" and mild NSFW details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 - 20 answers

talking about Big Plans in a relationship

Talking Big Plans in a relationship -- how do I distinguish the excitement of approaching life for two from the prudence to not jump the gun, so to speak? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Mar 2, 2010 - 7 answers

I like to make plans, he doesn't. What now?

What do you do when one partner likes to make advance plans and the other likes to be spontaneous, in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by CatherineK on Aug 25, 2009 - 26 answers

Is it possible to help someone become a better communicator/conversationalist without offending him?

Is it possible to help someone become a better communicator/conversationalist without offending him? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Jul 28, 2009 - 22 answers

Is it over-analyzing or just being smart in dating?

Am I over-analyzing or being rightfully cautious in dating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2009 - 29 answers

Low rent, yet smooth

How can I gracefully take the first date down a notch? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2009 - 27 answers

Help me figure out his intentions

Yet another dating question. Maintaining constant contact but not actually asking me out again - what's the deal? [more inside]
posted by longwalks on Jan 30, 2009 - 29 answers

Help me process non-verbal communication

Help me understand my fiancee's non-verbal communication better. [more inside]
posted by hobgadling on Feb 14, 2007 - 51 answers

Online dating mysteries explained (hopefully)

This question is for women who have used online dating : What are your most common reasons for breaking off an email exchange with a man who you met through online dating? Also, once you have given the man your phone number, and he calls you, what are your most common reasons for not returning the phone call? [more inside]
posted by kenoshakid on Dec 13, 2006 - 41 answers

How do I handle dating several women at once?

DatingFilter: How do I handle dating several women at once? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2005 - 27 answers

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