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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

Need better solution for keeping everyone on the team in the loop...

How to share time-sensitive information and decision-making with a fast-moving, cellphone-toting, virtually and asynchronously connected team? Team of university student leaders needs a better way of staying connected between meetings with each other and faculty advisors. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Nov 15, 2010 - 3 answers

I have no mouth and I must perform maintenance on my brain

Fellow communication-challenged mefites: how do you work around your communication problems to participate effectively in therapy? Often I find that regardless of whether I have my thoughts lined up or not, I cannot. get. words. out, as though someone cut the circuit between my brain and my mouth. So far I've had no luck circumventing the issue by writing things down; same problem. It's inhibiting my ability to (a) convey the severity of the problems I'm experiencing and (b) address them adequately if we happen to hit upon relevant topics by chance. TL;DR details inside, but that's the gist -- any suggestions for other work-arounds? [more inside]
posted by dorque on Nov 11, 2010 - 14 answers

Is it possible to refurbish this mess into a more reasonable friendship? If so, how?

At baseline, I'm terrible with keeping in touch even with uncomplicatedly good friends. This situation is far from uncomplicated, though. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2010 - 21 answers

Boy vs. Girl in the World Series of Love

Husband vs. Wife. The challenge? "In a typical household situation, does every statement you make or question you ask require a verbal or visual response from the other person?" [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Nov 9, 2010 - 108 answers

We Communicate!

"I loved that place. They really knew how to communicate with their employees." Have you ever thought this or said this? [more inside]
posted by hecho de la basura on Oct 28, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I get my subordinates to reply to e-mail consistently?

How do I get my subordinates to reply to my e-mails? I work remotely, but they don't. I need to know that they've read what I send them. Details about work situation below. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Oct 25, 2010 - 61 answers

Help me get mad in Japanese?

Is it possible for a foreigner living in Japan to express his/her dissatisfaction with a work situation? [more inside]
posted by TrishaLynn on Oct 24, 2010 - 7 answers

The strong, silent type does not compute.

He asked for a break until we see eachother again in six weeks. That's coming up this weekend. Having a hard time getting perspective and feeling out how to approach the meeting. [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Oct 21, 2010 - 12 answers

Sign Languages to Facilitate Communication in an Institutional Setting

Recently corrections officials at a local prison turned down a proposal from the inmates for an ASL (American Sign Language) program, on the grounds that teaching inmates to communicate non-verbally was a security risk. This got me thinking: Wouldn't there already be non-verbal languages commonly used in prisons? Gang members, who are well-represented in prison populations, have systems of hang signals, would there be institutional variations? Have non-verbal communication systems been used in other institutional settings, like POW or concentration camps? Obviously, a universal cross-institutional language is unlikely, but any resources, web or book-based dealing with the topic of non-verbal communication in prisons or similar settings would be much appreciated.
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Oct 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me help us?

RelationshipFilter: Is writing a letter to your SO ok, in addition to face-to-face? If so, help a kid out. [more inside]
posted by hubble on Oct 6, 2010 - 19 answers

moving e-romance from IM to phone(or skype)?

crush on internet guy-he hardly ever wants to voicechat. what should i do? [more inside]
posted by achtland on Oct 4, 2010 - 26 answers

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