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Having problems with dating, feeling anxious, meeting new people.. It's mostly meeting their friends and family..

I'm having the same problem as the poster below me "Help me deal with high stakes situations.." (BTW I read all those responses too). Like her it happens with meetings, people with authority, friends and dating. But, I'm a guy, and the only part I really care about is how it effects friends and dating. The rest I can live with.. [more inside]
posted by 0217174 on Jan 11, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me learn to let my hair down (and maybe dye it too)

Recently, during a movie, my boyfriend pointed to an actress and said “Hey, that’s a really nice color. I think it would look really nice on you.” And my reaction involved mentioning hair damage, fading, and a fear I’d never get my natural color back or that dyeing my hair might cause grays (I have none, and all my family members dye their hair and had a bunch of grays at my age). I love my natural hair color and texture, and if I could guarantee that after dyeing my hair, it would be exactly the same as before, I’d do it. So I tend to stick with what I’ve got because I’m afraid of what I’m going to get. I'd like to loosen up a bit.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2009 - 31 answers

Ice falling from buildings?

Ice falling from tall buildings filter. Help me lay to rest a question that has plagued my wife. We live in Chicago, with lots of tall buildings. Ice falls off of the buildings from time to time and about once a year, some poor bastard gets mushed. Where in terms of physics and I suppose statistics would be the safest place to walk down the sidewalk: as close to the building as possible? The middle of the sidewalk? The far edge? Does it depend on building height?
posted by Ponderance on Jan 7, 2009 - 16 answers

Spending a long weekend alone.

I'm off work the next four days over the New Year's holiday & weekend. I am usually a very social person, but I live alone and I don't have much of anything planned this weekend. And I'm worried about spending the whole weekend alone, because I think I will get really lonely and unhappy. How can I enjoy myself? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Dec 31, 2008 - 20 answers

Paranoia Self Destroyer

Help me not descend into extreme paranoia. Last night a male intruder approached me in my back yard. Police came and "caught" him. I have always been on the fairly cautious/paranoid side of personal security so I am afraid this incident may spiral downward to a place I do not want it to go. Any thoughts? (Longer story below) [more inside]
posted by murrey on Dec 21, 2008 - 31 answers

Advice on dealing with a mental health issue

I'm generally a pretty nervous person. Lately (over the last two months), it's become worse. I jump whenever someone enters the room. I'm quite stressed about everyday things (a disagreement, a social event, my future), and nearly every day my stomach or chest or shoulders ache from these worries. I recognise that my response to this is overblown and irrational, and that maybe I need to seek medical attention. But that's the problem. Can you help me gather the courage to see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2008 - 15 answers

How do I talk to my doctor about meds for a plane trip?

I'm flying in a few weeks. I'm scared to death, and I want to try some of those anti-anxiety meds that people say you can get from your doctor. But how do I talk to my doctor about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2008 - 34 answers

To A Near-Disabling Extent, I Wear the Opposite of Rose-Colored Glasses

I see the world, and all in it, as something vicious and ready to attack me, and that influences far too much stuff in my life. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2008 - 30 answers

Bad Trip on Marijuana?

I smoked marijuana early this morning and had terrifying experiences. What happened, why, and what should I do now? I could use some reassurance. [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus on Dec 1, 2008 - 48 answers

How do I make my voice sound scared.

How do I make my voice sound scared? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens on Nov 28, 2008 - 13 answers

The fear of fearful things

How do I conquer fear? I'm quite afraid of doing things that I have not done before, and it does not get better when I conquer fear of some things. [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon on Nov 19, 2008 - 15 answers

It's pretty much never a nice day for a white wedding...why?

Weddings freak me out, why? [more inside]
posted by sondrialiac on Nov 10, 2008 - 11 answers

How can I learn to love my looks?

How can I learn to love my looks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2008 - 38 answers

Help me not care.

How can I ignore my ego and feelings of self-importance? [more inside]
posted by PFL on Oct 30, 2008 - 19 answers

Name this author/adventurer/fearmonger

Looking for an adventurer and author who was noted for confronting specific fears and paying people to ensure he had no option but to follow through. [more inside]
posted by kaydo on Oct 19, 2008 - 2 answers

Doomed. I'm Doomed. (Am I?)

Every member of my family, save one, has died young from a heart attack. Am I doomed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2008 - 24 answers

Question that stumped my anatomy professor wife

My wife is an anatomy professor and needs help with this question: Most anatomy textbooks say that urination and defecation are controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system (aka "rest and digest system") Then why is it that some lose bladder and bowel control in frightening situations? Isn't the opposing sympathetic "fight or flight" system supposed to in charge?
posted by up in the old hotel on Sep 21, 2008 - 17 answers

Not a boy, not yet a man...

Help me overcome my fear of sex. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2008 - 18 answers

Does fear of intimacy require therapy?

Is it possible to overcome a fear of intimacy without therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2008 - 17 answers

I don't trust my gut

Should I take the job or hope I get another offer? [more inside]
posted by PinkButterfly on Aug 22, 2008 - 14 answers

How can I make time slow down?

How can I make time slow down? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Aug 18, 2008 - 40 answers

When I was young me and my mama had beef

How do I let go of the past? [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Aug 16, 2008 - 23 answers

How can I overcome my sexual shyness?

I would like to be more, er, assertive in bed, but I'm too shy. How can I get past this? Is there a good self-help book on the subject? Is there anything you've personally tried that worked for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2008 - 19 answers

Is the boogeyman real?

Anxieties about my own safety and that of my loved ones are making it hard for me to sleep at night. The onset of dusk makes my stomach knot. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2008 - 29 answers

How do I get people to not antagonize my phobia?

How do I get people to respect my phobia? How do I make them stop antagonizing me by showing me the thing I'm afraid of? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Jun 28, 2008 - 53 answers

Frankenstein says it'll be okay

Should I have said something to the kid waiting for the MRI at the hospital? [more inside]
posted by Atom12 on Jun 14, 2008 - 20 answers

Natural clothes spray?

Is there something with which I could spray my clothes in the stead of washing them? [more inside]
posted by norabarnacl3 on Jun 11, 2008 - 47 answers

I would say "help

Basically, I want to talk to someone without feeling judged. Both now and in general. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2008 - 16 answers

Help me feel I made the right decision in moving to NYC.

How did you adjust to living in New York City? I just got here and I'm feeling incredibly overwhelmed and uncertain about my decision to move here. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on May 20, 2008 - 49 answers

There's a freeze up comin' (maybe)

Post-marathon advice: I'm running my second marathon this weekend; I was very sore after my first and am convinced that an ice bath is probably my best bet post-race to combat soreness. Problem is, I'm more scared about the bath than the race. [more inside]
posted by activitystory on May 19, 2008 - 9 answers

mush

I'm thinking of a term to describe a causation related to taboos. [more inside]
posted by jalebi on May 7, 2008 - 11 answers

My gums!

What is going on with my teeth / gums (very disgusting stuff inside)? If you, like me, do not like to hear or see sensitive parts of the body going wrong, please do not read this question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2008 - 15 answers

Has my overactive imagination turned into anxiety?

Has my overactive imagination turned into anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Coming out of your shell

How do I get people to try new things? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Mar 31, 2008 - 51 answers

Scream Therapy?

Why do women (predominantly) scream? Is it a conscious choice? What goes through their minds when they're screaming? I've noticed that young girls do it frequently while playing in the schoolyard I live near too. [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Feb 25, 2008 - 44 answers

Made redundant in IT at 45yo. Career change advice?

TERROR! After 25 years in the IT industry in Ireland I feel like the 21st century equivalent of an expendable 19th century coal miner. I'm about to be made redundant (again) this afternoon and am gripped by terror. I don't even know now what I want. Any career counseling advice? [more inside]
posted by lndl on Feb 12, 2008 - 15 answers

There is nothing to fear--but fear itself

Okay, this is kind of embarrassing, but how do I not be a whimp? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Feb 8, 2008 - 25 answers

Why is my dog scared of cooked lamb?

My golden retriever-lab mix freaks out when we cook lamb -- he whines and puts his tail between his legs. He'll eat the cooked lamb fine, but he finds the smell of it cooking distressing. I've read elsewhere about this phenomenon, but does anyone have this experience with their dog or have an idea what makes lamb so scary? Does he think we're cooking his pals? He has his skittish moments (scared of thunder, natch), but this is the only time I've seen him behave this way. And he's a rescue dog, so it's possible he had some early traumatic experience involving lamb. But since I've read about other dogs behaving this way, I doubt it.
posted by stonefruit on Jan 29, 2008 - 29 answers

How do I deal with death?

I've reached my late 20s without ever facing death. How do I deal with death when I know I will face it sooner or later? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2007 - 25 answers

Oh, good morning, Dying Alone! How have you been?

I am in my twenties, and I have given up on the idea of ever having sex again because I believe I am secretly too hideous for it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2007 - 53 answers

How can I fly?

Please help me figure out how to get on an airplane. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Nov 26, 2007 - 25 answers

How to get over advanced-degree-phobia.

I want to shake my irrational fear of going back to school. It's for my own good! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2007 - 5 answers

Help me conquer my fear of driving

I need to learn to drive, but the idea scares the crap out of me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2007 - 33 answers

am i phobic?

I am afraid to make music. [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Oct 8, 2007 - 51 answers

Maybe I can proofread the website?

What is the best way for me - a gay man living in a country where I don't speak much of the language and where gay people are relatively repressed - to promote greater rights for gay people here? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Sep 30, 2007 - 17 answers

What should go on my reading list?

I'm doing my undergraduate thesis on the rhetorical technique known as Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. What should go on my reading list? [more inside]
posted by ifranzen on Sep 20, 2007 - 10 answers

My brain! My relationship! Who will be victorious?

I'm extremely intimidated by my girlfriend, and I'm afraid my resulting weird behaviour is gonna ruin our relationship. Have you been through this? How did you deal with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2007 - 21 answers

How do I stop worrying in the beginning of a relationship?

How do I stop worrying in the beginning of a relationship? (example provided) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2007 - 14 answers

Is it BS to get a B.CS when all I want is a MFA?

Should I go back for a second Bachelors Degree in Computer Science when all I want to do is write stories? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Jul 31, 2007 - 18 answers

How do I learn not to be so intimidated by my boss?

How do I learn not to be so intimidated by my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2007 - 22 answers

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