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Depends on what your definition of "is" is.

How can I best cope with this relationship impasse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 - 54 answers

How can I ask my current boyfriend for an unusual technique an ex showed me?

An ex had a very specific sexual technique that drove me crazy. How can I request it from my current boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 - 38 answers

Don't go away mad (but please go away! for a few minutes! so I can work!)

Is there a technique / piece of ancient wisdom / secret phrase that (a) will get overzealous office conversationalists to back off, and (b) won't leave them mortally offended (or that at least will help me avoid Things Getting Weird in the workplace or elsewhere I have to interact with the same people regularly)? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jul 14, 2011 - 36 answers

I want to understand what constitutes a positive pregnancy experience... and how the health system can help.

I'd love your experience and advice on how to be a good practitioner of women's health in pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by noonday on Jul 13, 2011 - 34 answers

Don't you forget about me... Oops.

I forgot to tell my boyfriend that I am going out of the country for vacation. I leave in a week. How can I tell him without hurting his feelings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2011 - 25 answers

How can I learn to be more assertive?

I want to be more assertive - to be able to express my needs, ask for and state things clearly without feeling guilty or being whiny. Please give me suggestions for how to learn and especially how to practice/build up to this so it becomes a habit. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jul 8, 2011 - 20 answers

Did you not get my text?

I have a good friend who rarely picks up when I call, doesn't return texts until several days later, sometimes not at all, and it really pisses me off. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by doobiedoo on Jun 25, 2011 - 62 answers

How to get boyfriend to doctor r.e. impotence?

I've been hanging out with my boyfriend for around 7 months (I'm female). He's really sweet, and we get along really well. I stay at his place a couple of times a week (more or less) and on weekends. His place only, since he lives alone and near things, and I live with roommates and further away from stuff. We're both in our 40s. I was single for an incredibly long time before hooking up with him (although occasionally having sex with various casual hookups), he's been in and out of relationships pretty regularly. We sleep together and spoon all night, sometimes he's all over me, and vice versa, and we kiss and cuddle an awful lot. But no sex. None. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2011 - 33 answers

I blew it with an awesome guy—how not to do this again?

I think I may have just blown the opportunity to build a relationship with someone really awesome. Help me to not repeat this in the future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2011 - 54 answers

Mystery Cell Phone Display Question

I was with a person that had an older style cell phone, I think it was an LG, but not sure. He was showing me pictures, but I was distracted with a series of around 10-12 numbers that were displayed on the screen, to the left and top of the picture area (not inside). They kept changing about once a second, each digit with no regularity. One would think that it may have been GPS coordinates but the numbers were too random and not changing in any particular sequence. What the heck was that? A tracking device? When I asked him what it was he very quickly deflected the question.
posted by ~Sushma~ on Jun 15, 2011 - 7 answers

What are some good applications for a school to use to manage parent/teacher communication?

Looking for an application for a small school that can manage a few specific tasks. Does this software exist? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Jun 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Don't text me. Really, don't.

How can I block a certain number from texting my phone? [more inside]
posted by sideofwry on Jun 10, 2011 - 12 answers

Colleague problem. Problem colleague. What do I do?

My colleague is becoming a nightmare to work with, and I'm worried both about our shared projects and about her personally. There's no clear official procedure to follow, and taking it further up the ladder is getting me nowhere. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 - 27 answers

How do you pick your Anglo name?

I live in Australia, and have noticed lot of the students I study with who are from somewhere in East Asia will adopt a Western name while they're over here, presumably to make things easier for thick-tongued Anglos. I'm curious about how these names are selected. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jun 3, 2011 - 50 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

I'm at a loss for words, darling...

Occasionally, my boyfriend makes remarks about womankind that I find sexist and hurtful. Last night, I called him out on such a remark. Was I overreacting? How should I handle this the next time it happens? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2011 - 100 answers

Help me be more communicative and considerate.

How do I get myself to stop assuming that my SO knows things I need to tell her? [more inside]
posted by PhatLobley on May 16, 2011 - 15 answers

Is it ever normal to dislike your SO?

Is it normal to dislike your boyfriend at times? (Or girlfriend, or husband, any SO...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2011 - 40 answers

Answer my question. The one that I asked. Now please shut up.

How do you deal with people that don't answer the questions you ask, and speak too long about semi-unrelated subjects? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 3, 2011 - 36 answers

They're all gonna laugh at me

Is blunt criticism a warning for being fired? I work in a small office where 3 mistakes (mainly numerical errors) I made have been called embarrassing in a 5 month period. This is not a financial sector job. Yes I make more than 1 mistake a month, but what's bothering me is that this specific word has been used by the 3 people I work with most. [more inside]
posted by Freecola on Apr 27, 2011 - 19 answers

Reluctant Barbie Girl

How can I explain to my boyfriend that some of the fantasies he has about me are hurting my self esteem (and our relationship)? [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms on Apr 22, 2011 - 62 answers

Now you read it, now you don't

What is the name for the rhetorical tactic of communicating through the conspicuous absence of communication? [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on Apr 10, 2011 - 26 answers

How to get laptop display transferred as data to another laptop?

How to get laptop display transferred as data to another laptop? [more inside]
posted by bboylawson on Mar 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Social Skills

One of my friend cannot interact with people, he is a loner. He is a really nice guy. How would you advice him to be more social. He says he cannot make a small talk, he is shy and he feels others hate him because he does not talk much.
posted by kirang on Mar 17, 2011 - 17 answers

No, you just have to wait...

I love my boyfriend very much. We have a wonderful relationship and I would like to get married. We would both like to get married. We've talked about it, and agreed that we share this goal. Yay! However, we have very different ideas about when to get engaged. I want to shout it from the rooftops, but he wants "more time". Please help me understand his reasons for waiting to make our intentions official and public. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2011 - 31 answers

A rational explanation of the GOP budget?

Can anyone point me toward some writing by a smart person in support of the GOP's budget? I'm not being snarky—I am sure that wealthy, anti-intellectual people looking out for their own interests is a motivation on the part of some congresspeople, but I am not ready to believe in a world where it is the only one. [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Mar 7, 2011 - 11 answers

What's the best way to proceed with the interview process when I like the company but I'm increasingly unsure that I want a job right now at all?

What's the best way to proceed with the interview process when I like the company but I'm increasingly unsure that I want a job right now at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2011 - 8 answers

From cohabitation to nohabitation

I have lived with my boyfriend of 4 years for 2 of those years and now I am moving out. How can I make this transition smoothly? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Feb 1, 2011 - 9 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

Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

How do you get over having to ask for what you want in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 - 40 answers

What are you talking about?

Can you help me understand and deal with this dynamic between me and my partner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2011 - 47 answers

Getting good directions

Freelancers: help me help my clients with communication. [more inside]
posted by bryon on Jan 24, 2011 - 7 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

What is the most effective technique for making oneself understood by non-native English speakers?

I only speak English and I live in a country where much of the English spoken is devoid of plurals and tenses and has a very limited vocabulary. In order to communicate most effectively, would I be better off speaking in technically correct sentences or simplifying my speech similarly? [more inside]
posted by m1ndsurfer on Jan 17, 2011 - 20 answers

How do I tell my long term boyfriend what I like in bed?

How do I learn to be more sexually communicative/assertive about what I like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2011 - 16 answers

Headphone conversion

I need to know how to adapt a media headset(koss sb49) to use with a cordless landline phone.I have adapted 2-3.5 male ends down to 1-3.5 male end and the single 3.5 to a male 2.5.When i plug it in to the handset I have plenty of volumn but also a good bit of feedback.Do I need different plug or an amp or what?I am hard of hearing and need the full over the ear headphones to block out as much background noise as I can.
posted by bswartzel on Jan 15, 2011 - 3 answers

How to compare communication methods?

In terms of bandwidth, how might we compare, various mediums? [more inside]
posted by matholio on Jan 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Rejecting your core values, but not you

Can I make a religious friend okay with not-religious me? Sorry, long... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 - 54 answers

Which communication channels make sense for reaching students?

I want to provide as many different communication channels between my students and me this semester. Which ones should I use? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Jan 4, 2011 - 26 answers

round-faced straight-haired girl seeks haircut for long-term relationship!

Round-face haircut suggestions, help, and probably emotional counseling needed. How can I articulate what I want my hair to look like? Any ideas for straight hair + round face haircuts? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Dec 27, 2010 - 23 answers

Talks too much, but is never heard...

How do I improve communication with my wife given a history of anger issues, bad assumption, and best of intentions on both sides? [more inside]
posted by Koffeeman on Dec 26, 2010 - 50 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

Facebook: School Me

I'm a parent volunteer who's now in charge of my school's Facebook page. Please help me learn about the most effective ways to promote and communicate about my school this way. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 9, 2010 - 9 answers

What does it mean when people "miss the point?"

What does it mean when I'm talking to people and they "miss the point?" [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Dec 9, 2010 - 39 answers

Sometimes It's Sweet. Sometimes It's Sour!

What is going on here??? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Dec 6, 2010 - 29 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

Does this have any hope of not ending in tragedy?

Star cross'd lovers facing another hurdle - can I convince him it's worth it to keep trying? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Dec 2, 2010 - 41 answers

I need to become more articulate

I have a lot of trouble expressing myself in clear and effective language, especially technically, which is hurting me in my job search. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Ex and "best friend" won't talk to me anymore, why?

Why won't my ex talk to me? And how can I be okay with this? Give me insight based on your experience. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 - 36 answers

Should I text this stranger?

Yesterday I received a text message from an excited stranger asking me whether I was ready for some sort of meet-up (possibly a first date) tomorrow (today). I duly yet tongue-in-cheekly informed her that she had the wrong number. Now I'm wondering, on a scale from stalker/freak/weirdo to fun/random/friendly, how inappropriate would it be for me to follow up tomorrow, asking if it went as well as she hoped? (Obviously in a humorous and "I'm aware of how random this is" kinda way) [more inside]
posted by spr on Nov 15, 2010 - 95 answers

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