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Poor social skills filter: Can this friendship be resurrected?

I think I irreparably messed up my relationship with a close friend from the past. Is there anything else I can/should do at this point, or should I just move on? [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Jun 30, 2015 - 12 answers

They don't want to be in Supper Club anymore, but won't say it

My husband and I have been part of a 4-couple Supper Club that we've really valued. (Let's call the 8 members Couple A, Couple B, and Couple C, and us.) From late 2008 on, we'd meet every 6-8 weeks or so at each of the couple's homes on a rotating basis, and would all bring a dish to share according to a dinner theme selected by the hosts. It was very fun, the food was outstanding, and getting the 8 of us together was something we used to look forward to until... [more inside]
posted by hush on Jun 25, 2015 - 23 answers

Work friend, real friend

Now that a new-ish friend has moved to my department at work, I'm less interested in hanging out with her outside of work. Seeing her socially makes me feel like I'm still in work-mode, but I love her as a friend. Tips for handling this like a nice, reasonable, caring human? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on May 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Too Close For My Comfort

Ethics and friendship filter. Help me find the courage to tell my friend that this introvert is not going to stay in a single hotel room with two double beds and three non related people. It's already been advanced booked and I'm expected to pay my share. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jan 21, 2014 - 27 answers

Please give me words for explaining my boundaries.

Can I explain to someone how their negative behaviors are putting me off, but maintain an amicable relationship with them? I get too emotional to find fair words. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2013 - 30 answers

How do I tell a long-term friend that I want less of her in my life?

I have a long-term friend (25+ years.) For the most part, our friendship was a good one, but in the past 7 to 8 years, it's become a source of stress for me. I've tried talking with her about this, but she appears to be in denial and dismisses what I say, so nothing gets resolved, and the vicious cycle repeats. Because of our history, and my relationships with her children, parents, and brother, I don't want to cut her off completely, but I want less of her in my life. I've got to deal with this, but I don't know how. [more inside]
posted by matrushka on Jul 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me tell my BFF to shut up, in the nicest of ways.

My best friend is dating a new guy and is currently in the "floating in the clouds" stage. He's all that she talks about, texts me about, emails me about, mentions, quotes, you name it. I'm happy for her, but I am quickly reaching "who cares" stage. She does this with everyone she dates, but this guy might become permanent, so I'm not brushing it off as "just wait until this passes". How can I politely tell her that we need to have conversations about OTHER THINGS? She can be very sensitive, and I don't want her to feel that I am not interested in the relationship or not happy for her. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by ElectricGoat on Apr 28, 2013 - 26 answers

It's okay, you can tell me I'm too needy.

Communication expectations in a friendship - what is reasonable to ask of a best friend? [more inside]
posted by sunshine37 on Jan 4, 2013 - 18 answers

How do I get my friend to stop "joking" about things that aren't funny?

I have a friend who makes a point of expressing how much he likes really poisonous people from my past until I lay out for him the precise reason I (often) find even the mention of said person upsetting. These people are his acquaintances at best. He does this for every/any person he knows I find really upsetting. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by skermunkil on Oct 20, 2012 - 56 answers

productive social justice

How can I assert my support of issues that matter to me without going hog wild and kicking a lot of people out of my life? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Aug 4, 2012 - 34 answers

Facebook's Skewing My Sense of Real Friendship

I'm a supportive, loyal, and giving friend. My friends do not treat me the same way. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Jun 9, 2012 - 45 answers

This is called friendship. It's not a race.

Is it going to be worth it to confront this friend/classmate about her competitive nature and its impact on our friendship, or should I just give up? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jan 23, 2012 - 21 answers

email always, phone call, almost zero

Help me analyze this: why am I strongly prefer email than phone call to communicate with my friends. Am I selfish, hypocritical? [more inside]
posted by akomom on Oct 23, 2011 - 25 answers

One of those, "but you don't look sick" situations.

How do I explain to people the aftermath of what is probably due to mono? People (family, cute girls) keep brushing off my physical symptoms when I try to concisely explain that, even though I'm infinitely better than I was a couple months ago, my energy fuel tank still empties suddenly and unpredictably, and then I feel awful, freezing, aching, dizzy, and extremely sick until I sleep it off? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Feb 1, 2011 - 15 answers

How should I open up to other people?

How much should I share about myself when I'm first getting to know someone, and how should I open up further as the friendship/relationship progresses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2010 - 9 answers

Long-Distance Friendship for Introverts

Introvert Filter: please help me revive a friendship! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2009 - 18 answers

I find it hard to maintain friendships with women

I find it hard to maintain friendships with women. What's up with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2008 - 52 answers

How do you respond to a friend who's hurt you through carelessness?

How do you let a friend know they've really hurt you by their carelessness? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Apr 13, 2008 - 25 answers

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