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Turns of phrase for thesis defense. Help!

Defending my thesis next week and need help with turns of phrase to kick off complicated answers to difficult questions. Have flopped in conferences past. [more inside]
posted by hollypolly on May 27, 2014 - 11 answers

My closest friend is mentally unwell and in love with me. Help.

I share a house with my oldest and closest friend, and I have found out that he is in love with me and feels intense heartache and jealousy when I date. He is deeply depressed and emotionally dependent on me. We are both late 20s guys and I am straight. I don't know how to deal with this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2013 - 17 answers

I would prefer not to spend time with my friend when she is very stoned

Is there any good way to tell a dear friend I don’t really want to chat on the phone or spend long periods of time with her when she’s very, very stoned? [more inside]
posted by JayAlfred on Nov 28, 2013 - 14 answers

The Meltdown Kid

My husband and I have been married 15 years and we have an 8-year-old daughter. She is incredibly intelligent and receives straight As in school. She participates in the gifted program and reads at a 6th grade level. She has always been an intense child -- one who feels emotions strongly. But after we moved about a year ago, things started to move up a notch and third grade has been very difficult. She has these meltdowns, usually over small things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2013 - 47 answers

How do you help people have an epiphany about difficult concepts?

How do you describe the basic concepts of a difficult subject you know a lot about that makes it "click" for a beginner? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 11, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me not second guess the decision I want to make

I've been agonizing over making a career choice for over a year. Now it's crunch time- I need to commit to a path like NOW and figure out how to live with it and not second guess my decision. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2013 - 12 answers

The thing that I hate about you is everything.

How do you dial it back when you've gotten to the point where you seem to be permanently, irrationally annoyed with someone? Imagine that this is a person who you can't avoid completely - a coworker, roommate, in-law, something like that. [more inside]
posted by mskyle on May 1, 2013 - 31 answers

The beatings will stop when morale improves.

How do I deal with a difficult colleague who doesn't respect me when I'm getting zero support from my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2013 - 16 answers

What's the name of this online puzzle series?

Help me find a devilishly difficult online puzzle that I had worked on ~4 years ago. Difficultly: I remember a few of the levels and not much about the name. It's not the "Impossible Quiz" flash game. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish on Dec 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Recently promoted...how to handle former peers who are being difficult?

Recently promoted...how to handle former peers who are being difficult? [more inside]
posted by MeatFilter on Oct 5, 2012 - 20 answers

In Responding to Someone Being Difficult, Where is Line Between "Assertive" and "Jerk"

In Responding to Someone Being Difficult, Where is Line Between "Assertive" and "Jerk"? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on May 23, 2012 - 24 answers

Challenged by coworker's personality

How to keep perspective about a coworker that I dislike, and maintain focus on work? [more inside]
posted by LeeNicholson on Feb 9, 2012 - 20 answers

Pretty sure she already has one of those...

I want to get my mom something she'll actually like for Christmas. This is seemingly impossible. What do you get for someone who already has everything they want or need? [more inside]
posted by meesha on Nov 24, 2011 - 41 answers

I need some really difficult riddles, puzzles, and logic challenges.

Co-workers of mine insist on posting little brain teasers and such all around the office: riddles, mazes, jumbles, crosswords, etc. Help me find remarkably difficult (but possible) puzzles that I can use to troll them. Bonus points if they look, at first glance, relatively simple.
posted by Plutor on Nov 3, 2011 - 16 answers

How to quit shortly after starting?

I’ve been at my job about three months, and while my performance is great and my colleagues and I get along well, I just don’t click with the overall culture. An offer has come my way from another company, and I’m thinking about switching jobs. Quitting any job is hard enough; how do I have this conversation with my boss without feeling (or making him feel) like my resignation is screwing over him and the organization after they’ve invested in me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 - 10 answers

Should I try to "understand" what's going on inside rude people?

Should I try to "understand" what's going on inside rude people? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Oct 1, 2011 - 34 answers

Difficult Person at Work

How to deal with a difficult person at work? Main question of the day: Do I cc this particular email to my higher boss? [more inside]
posted by moiraine on Sep 22, 2011 - 21 answers

Most challenging dishes to cook?

What are the most difficult dishes to cook? What kinds of foods require complex preparation or lots of skill and precision? Savory souffles, beef wellington, stuffed ravioli, croissants... what else? [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder on Aug 5, 2011 - 79 answers

Re-phrasing a difficult email to sound less intense / in-depending relationship doom and more of a no-pressure, open conversation?

Writing a heated *potential* breakup letter, what are some tips to effectively communicate with someone in difficult circumstances? [more inside]
posted by servix on Jul 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Does it get better ?

Wife due to give birth, house too small, housing benefit stopped, large arrears, neighbour murdered while we were on honeymoon, case unsolved, people visiting it like it was a tourist attraction. Any positive suggestions ? Any worse early marriage experiences ? Did you overcome them ? How ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity on Jun 3, 2011 - 28 answers

Make £6000 in a short time doing something unconventional, difficult or dangerous?

How can I make £6000 in a fairly short time by doing something unconventional, difficult or dangerous? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on May 28, 2011 - 54 answers

Need advice managing a smart but difficult engineer

Please help! Need advice managing a smart but difficult engineer. It's stressing me out and not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by zebraspots on Mar 9, 2011 - 53 answers

The middle ground will come, I know it will, but right now we're on such high ground I'm dizzy

RelationshipFilter: being patient when your partner is trying to figure things out that we're discovering in couples' therapy. [more inside]
posted by inmyhead on Sep 7, 2010 - 17 answers

Mentally Challenging Films

What movies have the most difficult plots to understand? Movies that are mentally challenging and require multiple viewings but aren't nonsensical. [more inside]
posted by FuManchu on Sep 29, 2009 - 78 answers

Back off Mrs. Kravitz

I recently moved into a 4 unit apartment building. Across the hall lives a single older woman who is proving to be quite the busy body. The girl downstairs from her and she are friends. The young woman that lives down stairs works for some sort of cash advance operation and when my Daughter got a ride home from a co-worker tonight, this neighbor of mine saw and recognized the driver as someone who borrowed from the cash advance agency, but never paid back, and verbally accosted her in the driveway of the apt. building. It was 8:30 at night and she was wearing a nightgown. I found this very unprofessional, and honestly irritating. What I want to know is how can I handle this without it becoming a building war. I've only lived here a month, but her bulldog approach was very insulting to my guest and very inappropriate. The situation could get sticky since the neighbors are pals. Ugh...what to do!
posted by gypseefire on Aug 31, 2009 - 26 answers

How can one learn to be more patient and kind with an elderly family member who has a difficult personality?

How can one learn to be more patient and kind with an elderly family member who has a difficult personality? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Nov 23, 2008 - 8 answers

New on job, co-worker a problem

I just started a new job I am happy with as it is interesting and pays great. However there are some people in the department that are really negative. This includes people who are training me! [more inside]
posted by regularperson on Sep 13, 2008 - 18 answers

Anti-social cat, help w/insulin regimen/travel/sociability?

Anti-social cat that needs twice-daily insulin shots and oral meds; solutions for travel? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Aug 31, 2008 - 16 answers

How do you put up with your family?

I am looking for advice on how to tactfully deal with difficult family members when it comes to my lifestyle. You know there's [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2007 - 27 answers

What do I get you?

SayonaraFilter: I've shared an office with a colleague for 3 years and tomorrow is his last day. I would very much like to get him some sort of sincere gift, but he doesn't drink booze or eat chocolate, so that's both my plans nixed already. To make matters worse... [more inside]
posted by russmail on Nov 10, 2005 - 36 answers

What was this impossibly-hard university general knowledge exam or test?

Can someone please point me to an old Metafilter FPP? It was about an annual test or exam given at a university (I believe in the UK) that was supposed to be extremely difficult. It was a general knowledge quiz, and 10 out of 10 is impossible, according to the professor who administers it. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
posted by Oriole Adams on Jun 28, 2004 - 4 answers

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