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How should I act when I think that we might break up?

How should one act in a relationship when you are thinking of breaking up with them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2012 - 10 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

Diplomatic and tactful

In what ways are you diplomatic and tactful in your relationship? What areas do you tread lightly and how do you do that? How do you use persuasion in your relationship to get what you want? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Aug 1, 2012 - 27 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

How I am myself

Are there any really good self-assessments online? [more inside]
posted by discopolo on Jul 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Collaboration Communication Issues

Looking for communication strategies in a tricky management situation, as well as general management resources. [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass on Jul 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Relationship Angst

Our communication sucks. What can I do about this? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jul 23, 2012 - 33 answers

Fixing general marital communication issues

I feel like my marriage is falling apart. It's not because we don't love each other, but I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2012 - 37 answers

All this over a ham sandwich?

Please help me figure out what I should have done differently in this argument with my boyfriend. It gets long, sorry. [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Jul 18, 2012 - 74 answers

What's between letting things go and leaving over them?

Needs and Boundaries: What is the space between "I suppose I can let this go" and "this is an utter dealbreaker; do this thing or I'll have to end this relationship" - and what do you do about negotiating things in that space? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2012 - 27 answers

My man fixes my stuff, but doesn't touch me enough

Boyfriend is great, but how can I get him to meet my emotional needs more consistently? [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo on Jul 6, 2012 - 31 answers

He's still mad

Didn't return an aquaintance's call back and he's still mad 2 years later. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2012 - 22 answers

Strategies for redirecting interviews

I'm looking for strategies and tips you use to interrupt, re-direct and control interviews with chatty folk. [more inside]
posted by mossicle on Jul 4, 2012 - 11 answers

How do you communicate Enterprise IT outages?

How do you communicate your internal IT outages? [more inside]
posted by multiphrenic on Jun 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me stand my ground against my ex.

I may have to see my abusive ex soon. Help me cope. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jun 22, 2012 - 66 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

Help and angsty feminist parent talk with the school and her daughter.

My daughter has repeatedly brought home books from the school library that I have a problem with. I'm a feminist and I'm anti-censorship. I'm lost. [more inside]
posted by taff on Jun 6, 2012 - 146 answers

Concrete illustrations of complex theories

Other examples of true stories like Krugman's babysitting co-op and Radford's POW camp that illustrate complex and abstract truths, theories, and ideas with concrete language and more tangible, familiar, or interesting situations? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jun 6, 2012 - 6 answers

I have a tricky situation involving a past acquaintance that I'd like to get some opinions on

I have a tricky situation involving a past acquaintance that I'd like to get some opinions on. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on May 23, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I convince my wife to come to marriage counselling sessions with me?

I'm trying to convince my wife to attend marriage counselling with me, but I'm having a hard time doing so. Her opinion of marriage counselling (based on what she's read online) is that it's a waste of money and that a marriage counsellor would "only tell us what we already know." When I've pointed out that a marriage counsellor is there to help facilitate communication, her response has been "if we need a facilitator to help us communicate we're fucked anyway." Reasons for needing counselling + bonus snowflakery inside. Apologies; it turned into a bit of a mind-dumpy wall of text. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2012 - 21 answers

I need to be plugged in while in Europe.

US resident here who has traveled extensively to Europe...pre 1990. Haven't been back since and will likely need to travel to Europe at least 2 times for > 1 week each trip in the coming year. Might be as many as four trips. Back in the day, one's only contact with home was via landline/long distance calling cards etc.. Now there are cellphones, computers, wifi, skype, and the need for on the go data. To be clear, I need to be as nearly plugged into the "grid" as I am while at home. What are modern day US-to-Europe travelling hacks, particularly in regards to staying plugged in? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on May 20, 2012 - 12 answers

Make me less of an academic island!

I'm a PhD student, and I'd like to do more academic networking over email. How does this work, and what should the emails sound like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Boyfriend?

Do I ask for something more or just let it flow? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on May 15, 2012 - 15 answers

What digital communications technology relied on underground biscuit tins?

Searching for an incredibly obscure (and hence impractical?) communications technology I saw outlined in a BBC Micro User or Acorn User magazine in the 8-bit era. Difficulty: biscuit tin. [more inside]
posted by Leon on May 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Reflection on genuflection

Is it rude to kneel down when speaking to someone in a wheelchair? [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 on Apr 24, 2012 - 18 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

Anonymous SMS to Twitter

I want to create a number to send text messages (SMS) which will then post all the messages onto a Twitter feed... [more inside]
posted by iamck on Apr 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me learn to swallow my pride

How can I learn to not take others' success/intelligence as an affront to my own? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 - 22 answers

How do I communicate better with my dad?

I need some advice on how to communicate better with my dad and hopefully improve our relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Long Distance Rates For the Late Seventies and Early Eighties?

How much did long distance telephone calls cost in the late 1970s and early 1980s? I'm mainly interested in hearing about rates for the USA but data from other countries would be welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 31, 2012 - 21 answers

How do I express to my partner I'd like him to do thoughtful things for me without making him feel bad.?

How do I express to my partner I'd like him to do thoughtful things for me without making him feel bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I deal with a workplace bully?

Help me crack a communication enigma and figure out how to deal with a workplace bully. [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Mar 21, 2012 - 27 answers

Do you surrender your right to privacy when you contact someone in jail?

Do you surrender your right to privacy when you contact someone in jail? [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Mar 17, 2012 - 7 answers

I want to write-up, but Academic Research has re-wired my brain!

The way I research (academic or otherwise) is increasingly incompatible with the tools I have. Reams of handwritten notebooks, and hundreds of word docs vs a highly tagged website only add to my self-created confusion. I'm drawn to Tinderbox software as a possible solution, but as an adamant PC user I'm locked out. How do you order your research? / How to write-up my PhD now my brain is fried? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

I'm never wrong, you're never right

is it a red flag if a person never thinks they're wrong? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 - 66 answers

Probably-not-an-STD-but-not-sure-yet -- what now?

Please help me figure out how I should tell my girlfriend about my probably-not-an-STD-freakout-moment. [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 - 15 answers

The recovering addict and the… sports addict? What is this?

The recovering addict and the… sports addict? Is this level of interest in sports normal? How can I not take the backseat to sports, while remaining considerate of his feelings as he deals with me dealing with multiple health issues? [more inside]
posted by overyourhead on Mar 15, 2012 - 26 answers

How can I move forward without holding him back?

How do I talk to my fiance about the imbalances in our relationship? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Mar 15, 2012 - 74 answers

How do I speak to my dad when his crazy thoughts are driving me crazy?

How to reply to my fathers schizophrenic ideations? (long, sorry!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 - 9 answers

I know what music sounds like, but what does it SOUND like?

How would someone who had never heard music perceive the sounds for the first time? What sort of reaction could be expected? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Mar 5, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I best support my in-laws given very different communication styles?

Looking for some advice as to how to handle an impending death in the family I married into and with whom I am very close. While I come from a family that talks about everything, my husband comes from a family that talks about most things, but not at all about health issues and death. I would like to be able to support them in the days and weeks ahead but I have no idea how to navigate within their framework. [more inside]
posted by mireille on Mar 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Would an alien radio pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle?

If an alien located on a planet 100 light years from here was to switch on a big, multi-frequency radio receiver, and record all the noises coming from outer space for the next hundred years, on all frequencies, how many soap operas, advertisements and new broadcasts would they pick up from Earth? Would a mass-market radio, similar to our Earthly equivalents, pick up anything? Over time, as the number of Earth transmissions increases exponentially, would the alien pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Help Me Ask My Engineer If This Is Built Right

Can you keep this old house from falling down -- or help me stop pointlessly worrying about nothing -- by helping me ask my licensed structural engineer this question the right way? (Long.) [more inside]
posted by slidell on Feb 22, 2012 - 11 answers

How do you "check in" on a relationship?

BF and I (straight mid-twenties lady) have a happy, loving relationship (2 years+). But, this is my first long-term relationship and I have an anxiety disorder. I want to "check in" with him and make sure we're still on the same page about us and the future, but this is my pattern and it has been unhealthy for me. To the healthy couples - do you "check in" with your partner? Should I? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Feb 17, 2012 - 16 answers

Breakup diplomacy, help me find peace

Breakup customs-filter. I did my boyfriend wrong, by becoming an exhausted-complaining mess, on a recent depressive lapse I had, partially due to a physical condition. He left me, scared and confused, though we were madly in love, after 3 months of this. I wish to part in peace. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 - 52 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

LDR Coping Strategies

My SO would like advice on how he can overcome some of the frustration and sadness he feels about the LDR he and I are in when he misses me. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Feb 7, 2012 - 13 answers

She says I don't listen to her

My wife says I'm terrible at listening to her. What does this really mean? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2012 - 52 answers

Not sure if it's trust or communication that's the problem here.

If my boyfriend says he's coming home late by txt, and I want to know more basic information, like who he's hanging out with, maybe also where, how can I communicate my need to know (for my own peace of mind) without coming off as insecure or controlling? [more inside]
posted by Sa Dec on Jan 27, 2012 - 86 answers

Hepatic Encelphalopathy - even harder to deal with than to spell

Tips on communicating with a partner who has medical issues that cause confusion but not quite dementia (and perhaps spotting it earlier) [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara on Jan 26, 2012 - 8 answers

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