Am I over-analyzing or being rightfully cautious in dating? [more inside]
Is there any further action I can take to recoup the financial loss and and deal with the emotional frustration resulting from my university's swine-flu-panic decision to cancel a much-anticipated field research opportunity? [more inside]
In January we moved across the country and put our house on the market. Our realtor is a friend of the family. I had misgivings about using a friend, but, he has helped us a lot in the last few years and I felt we should go with him. Since January he has contacted us twice, once to tell us about an open house and another time to ask a few questions from potential buyers. I email him about once a month and usually have to wait 2 - 3 days for a response. Often the response does not address our questions. Instead we get a brief personal greeting followed by what feels like a form response. I want to address his lack of communication, but, as this is the first time I've sold a house, I don't know what is reasonable to expect from a realtor. What level of communication is reasonable to expect given our location/situation?
How can I gracefully take the first date down a notch? [more inside]
Is there any reason why some people don't like to be "put on the spot" to answer questions? [more inside]
How do people transmit that positive energy that makes you like them.
What starting salary can a recent graduate PhD in Mass Communication expect to make in the industry focusing on research (i.e., not teaching at a university)? [more inside]
A friend of mine constantly texts and checks email on her phone when we're out together, which I find irksome. Am I right to think this is discourteous? Or am I behind the times? [more inside]
My facial expressions don't match my emotions. Sometimes when I think I'm being friendly and warm, I actually look condescending, anxious or just weird. As far as I know I'm neither crazy nor autistic. How can I fix this? [more inside]
My boss is a very nice man with some very strange shortcomings that I cannot explain. Help me out with some wild conjecture. [more inside]
Two days after saying our relationship isn't going to work out, my boyfriend is communicating again with me, saying he was sorry about his behavior. Should I assume that we just had a heated discussion and said things in anger? Or should I assume he ended things and that this reach-out is a way to clear the air? [more inside]
Are there any human cultures, past or present, which have developed completely (or largely) distinct spoken and written languages? [more inside]
For a school-sponsored work-term, I'm currently working as a Software Developer for a very large software company, and I couldn't be happier at my job. Problem is, I'm nearing the halfway point of my one-year contract. How do I turn this into a full-time job? [more inside]
Help me talk to my son about masturbation! [more inside]
How does one properly use the term condescend (or condescending
)? Is there a correct way? Is there a more popular way? It seems the word expresses two contradictory meanings. [more inside]
Any suggestions for a pre-marital counselor in Chicago? My fiance and I are doing a church wedding, and we are doing the Catholic pre-Cana requirements, but we actually think our church's requirements are too...minimal. [more inside]
I feel like the punchline of a joke: on top of everything else, apparently I suck at therapy. I've given it a while - a year and a half - and I still can't do it properly. Now I'm at a loss. Help. [more inside]
A Windows server needs to tell a Linux Web server to change the contents of a Web page. I don't know how the first can communicate this to the second, or how the second can then make the change. [more inside]
How can I help a kid who won't help himself? [more inside]
What are some tactics or tips to help me communicate effectively with an aggressive, negative person? [more inside]
Why are these two males acting funny with me? [more inside]
I'm part of a group of about 70 people (at a company of tens of thousands) spread across the country and we're having a hard time communicating, especially casually. Anyone have any suggestions? [more inside]
How can I transfer my 'online communication skills' to the real world? [more inside]
Yet another dating question. Maintaining constant contact but not actually asking me out again - what's the deal? [more inside]
Just returned from fabulous 2 week holiday in New York. I Brought back Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer from Staples costing $230. Unfortunately, I cannot use it in U.K., unless I plug voltage converter/transformer products. Has anyone else bought this set over there with more success?
Any advice \ information appreciated.
Please specify me What exact voltage converter product to buy & where to buy it from USA online store. Thanks. [more inside]
I listen to a lot of 'contemporary' music (not classical), but how do
I better understand music reviews
and explain what I hear to my friends and peers ? [more inside]
Hi, I'm sophomore college student thinking about majoring in communications. When I get out of college what can I expect when I graduate? What kind of jobs will be open? What kind of demand can I expect? What kind of salary can I expect? Should I think about going on after college for some sort of further education?
I find myself longing to be blunt about how I'm feeling and what I want in relationships, but I worry that I'll shoot myself in the foot if I don't play the dating game. Should I stop trafficking in ambiguity and try some plain dealing for a change? [more inside]
How does a very logical person deal effectively with someone who makes all their decisions on an emotional basis? I’m asking for the benefit of a friend who is a having a terrible time with her marriage, but I’ve also never had any success myself in dealing with people who make all their decisions on an emotional basis. I get very frustrated when someone insists on making the emotional choice even though it makes no practical sense, and especially when they won’t even take responsibility for the consequences of doing so. If any of you have had success in this type of interaction, I’d love to hear about it. [more inside]
Could/Should I contact my friend's therapist to deter my friend from making bad decisions? [more inside]
How do I tell my SO that he smells bad? [more inside]
What is the proper protocol to use when dealing with police officers? [more inside]
How do I state my sexual preferences without sounding like a broken record? [more inside]
Something really funny happened to me, but I am at a struggle for communicating with others how funny it was. How can I become a better comedic storyteller? [more inside]
When I used to go visit my aunt who lived in a large house, she had a little console that sat on her kitchen counter with a speaker and a big button. When you'd press the button, it would buzz a similar console in the garage where my uncle worked, and then my aunt could talk to him. He could then hit his button and talk back. I guess it's like those things you see in movies where the executive "buzzes" his secretary. Anyways, what are those things called, because I need one. [more inside]
How do I keep my cool in a difficult conversation with my sister? [more inside]
How can I be less long-winded? [more inside]
What software is helpful for writing a masters thesis? [more inside]
I've been out of contact with a certain friend for about five years now. She'd been dealing with bipolar (and relationship) issues for a while before then, but I'd never witnessed any signs myself. On a lark I recently decided to see if she was in the customer database at work, and she was, but I didn't open the profile. I've worried about her from time to time, but while it's tempting, I don't feel like I should look up her contact info that way. Is there any circumstance under which I could or should? [more inside]
How do I deal with someone so verbal about his needs? [more inside]
I was a late bloomer. I was painfully shy and didn't date until I was 24. I'm at a turning point of the longest relationship I've had (almost a year). I don't know if I'm in love or not. Or if that's even the right question. [more inside]
What is the word that means setting the direction of the conversation by how you begin? (Benchmark, perhaps?) For instance, Paulson demands $700B without any oversight; the discussion becomes heated about how much oversight, how dare he, what oversight we should insist on, etc etc, rather than the amount of money, who it should be given to, and so on. More description follows, if that helps. [more inside]
Met this person at work. Liked her. Since I work on the same team; I didn't ask her out on a date (kicking myself about this now). Three weeks later, I think she's interested too but my workload (14-16 hour days) didn't give me time for anything social, let alone going out on dates. Then she got a long term (1 year?) assignment in another country. She left. That's when I woke up, had a long conversation over IM where we both realized we were interested in each other and she had been waiting for me to ask her out. [more inside]
Does your partner have certain situational phobias that prevent a flow of communication or avoidance of certain places such as being out too far, or avoiding elevators for fear they will break down? If so how do you handle it? [more inside]
How do people who communicate in languages without capital letters yell at each other online? [more inside]
I'm looking for suggestions for video guest speakers for a class I'm teaching this fall. [more inside]
I need help understanding how my hyper-smart geek husband's brain works. I want to give him the understanding he craves but am having a hard time inhabiting his plane. [more inside]
It's that time of the year again, fall semester is beginning in a few days. I want to improve some of my writing and presentation skills. One of them, getting my point across without being condescending. [more inside]
Which communication styles can I use to avoid offending people unintentionally? [more inside]
Why don't other women like me? Women who meet me singly, or as part of a mixed-gender group usually like me. I function just fine in mixed-gender or mostly male situations. When I'm part of an all-woman group, I get bullied and scapegoated. In particular, the "queen bee" of the group almost always singles me out as a target.
What am I doing wrong?