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Late-twenties guy with no friends?

I'm a late-twenties guy with no friends. I feel like I need to get out of this situation somehow. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2016 - 37 answers

How do I fix my life?

I am about to graduate college with a business degree, a mediocre gpa, and very little experience. I have not made a single friend in college or been in a relationship. I lived with my parents for the whole entire time in college and they expect me to be married before leaving the house. I tend to succumb to extreme laziness and procrastination. I can spend 8 hours daily on the internet instead of doing homework. This procrastination has seeped into my job search. Am I ever going to be prepared for life? [more inside]
posted by sheepishchiffon on Apr 26, 2016 - 14 answers

Moving to England with kids - yay or nay?

An old friend has asked my advice on moving to the UK from Denmark. I really struggle with what to tell her. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on Apr 18, 2016 - 19 answers

How do I stop hating socializing?

How do I stop hating socializing? [more inside]
posted by Sockpuppets 'R' Us on Apr 16, 2016 - 20 answers

Making New Friends - How can I be so bad at this?

I moved to a new city (NYC) within the past 2 years and I am feeling a little lonely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2016 - 21 answers

How best to support my friend?

A friend of my close friend took his own life a couple of nights ago. My friend is pretty wrecked. What's the best way for me to support him? [more inside]
posted by holborne on Mar 9, 2016 - 19 answers

How to be friends when you wanted more

I have a lot of female friends, but no guy friends. So it's already a little harder for me to navigate this. I have a few questions: 1. Is it normal behavior for a guy to text everyday and only go on one-on-one hangouts with a girl? 2. Is it even possible to be friends with someone you have some sort of feelings for? 3. Do I tell him I feel confused? [more inside]
posted by flowy on Mar 5, 2016 - 15 answers

Step by step self-reliance

The past year I've been in a stressful situation and now I found that I may have been overly reliant on a friend for advice/help. Lately I realized this a imbalanced relationship and I'm looking for steps set boundaries and prevent this in the future. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Mar 2, 2016 - 4 answers

Rachel's Dress

Can you help me find a grey maxi (and probably jersey fabric) dress similar to the one Rachel wears in the Friend's episode The One With The Yeti? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Feb 21, 2016 - 8 answers

Nice person, nasty friends

When I lived in City I wanted to be friends with the members of Group. I tried but I find making friends really hard so I ran into troubles - got bullied by one and the others were indifferent to me, except for one who was my friend. I have lived abroad for the last few years and not really kept in touch (except for Facebook with a couple of them) . Now I am looking at jobs near to City... [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Feb 15, 2016 - 10 answers

How do I find out how this person feels about me?

I am confused about how someone is feeling towards me, and don't know how to get out of this ambiguous situation, but desperately need to. Please help. [more inside]
posted by muppets on Feb 12, 2016 - 25 answers

Hi, nice to meet you

Are there any really good social networking apps for making new friends? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Feb 2, 2016 - 10 answers

Balancing a relationship and making friends?

Many of my friends have moved away and several 'groups' that I belonged to have now dispersed. How do I stop feeling like a loser and comparing myself to my boyfriend who has more groups of friends, and build my friendship group into something more cohesive? Plus - I have a number of closer, individual friends who have always been my priority over joining groups where this has been the opportunity. Do I need to just find the right group and make a concerted effort to join them? That feels a little strange at 31! [more inside]
posted by starstarstar on Jan 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Embarrassed of my life.

I experience moments of defeat. Where's my courage? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jan 12, 2016 - 16 answers

Help me understand socialization at work.

I've started a new job that I really like within the last few months, and I really really want to do well there. I've had problems making friends at work in the past, and I want to avoid social weirdness if at all possible in this new job. I'm not super great at social rules and understanding "culture." How do I find these things out? What are the universal rules of socializing at work, if any? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Jan 9, 2016 - 21 answers

They're singin' Deck The Halls, but it's not like Christmas at all...

The ex and I have started hanging out frequently again after a several month period of no contact and a couple of other dates/relationships with others under our belts while maintaining a loose friendship, and I want a second chance at our relationship. What's the healthiest way to proceed without screwing this up? [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Dec 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Deciding whether to resume contact with an estranged friend

My childhood best friend decided to marry her partner of 20 years five weeks after my former partner committed suicide. I attended the reception but it was very hard for me. I haven’t spoken to her since. Today I got a Christmas card from her mother, and it stirred up some feelings I haven't been able to reconcile yet. [more inside]
posted by cardinality on Dec 19, 2015 - 28 answers

What to do when someone at work asks you out

And you like the person but you're seeing someone [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Dec 8, 2015 - 21 answers

Negotiating money with neighbors...

I recently transitioned from classroom teaching to working at home - I miss kiddo time. I offered to babysit the neighbor's kids and now I'm running into a small issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Taking a break from dating when you're lonely and have no friends.

I want to take a long break from dating to get to know myself better. The thing is, I don't have any in person friends and am very lonely. I mostly just hang out with my Mom. How do I keep myself from dating again just to fill the loneliness? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Nov 26, 2015 - 17 answers

I find this person utterly charming... why?

I've been listening to the code newbie podcast recently, and really enjoying it. The most recent podcast interviewee I find very likable - Can anyone help me identify what it might be about her that is so like-able? (Or maybe it's just me?) [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Nov 18, 2015 - 2 answers

Making friends when you're 30

I am a single dad currently functioning as a transplant in a new city. I've been here a year, but haven't had much luck in meeting people. ❅ ❄ ❆ inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2015 - 12 answers

How to friend as an adult?

What is the best way to handle friendships ending? [more inside]
posted by dearwassily on Nov 12, 2015 - 17 answers

How to act when people talk over you?

I have recently had to share accommodation with a number of acquantancies that have known each for many years. I am pretty new but have decent 1-1 freindships with couple of them. The whole group often excluded me from conversations and talked over me. How to react? [more inside]
posted by sabina_r on Nov 7, 2015 - 19 answers

Where is my moon tribe?

I am female and 30 years old and currently in a great awakening that has been forming my whole life but only really starting to happen over the last few years. I'm a recovering Christian with relatively new feminist realizations and I want to find others like me. [more inside]
posted by E3 on Nov 7, 2015 - 15 answers

Getting close to the AllLivesMatter bs

Close friend is making comments that are offensive to me, for political and cultural reasons, not personal. How should I mentally handle this? [more inside]
posted by monologish on Nov 1, 2015 - 38 answers

Son's drug-using friends are bringing him down. How can I help him?

My mid-20s son opened up to me that he thinks the friends he's hanging out with are a bad influence on him. According to him, pretty much all they do when they see each other is smoke marijuana and play video games. My son has depression and doesn't have many friends in the first place, so feels like he is stuck between losing his closest local friends or becoming more like them. What can I do to advise or help? [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Oct 28, 2015 - 28 answers

I feel like an outsider, how to act?

There is a group of people at work that I occasionally hang out with in non-work time. I am not invited to most of that stuff. Few times I have bumped into some of them when they were on their way to bar/pub and got a last minute invite. Should I go anyway? [more inside]
posted by sabina_r on Oct 24, 2015 - 20 answers

Help me make my Meet-Up group Awesome!

Sooo.... I joined a Meet-Up group. The organizers stepped down a few days later, and I was the only one who offered to take over... Which means I am both a new member and now organizer of a group of 200+ expat families! I am new to MeetUp generally too. What can I do to make this MeetUp group *awesome*? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Oct 20, 2015 - 3 answers

What the hell am I doing in this bar basement at 11pm on a Sunday?

Last year, I unexpectedly fell in love with improv comedy. I raced through the classes, joined a team, and started performing shows on tiny stages throughout NYC. It's been a rewarding experience! Except: I'm a 32 year-old introvert, and hanging out with mid-20s performers feels weird AF. [more inside]
posted by dryersock on Oct 11, 2015 - 8 answers

When things start going very wrong...

I started a new job in another country 15 months ago. It seemed to be going great and changed my life for the better. But then last couple of months, things started to go unexpectedly downhill and it snowballed from there. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Hello awkwardness my old friend

I've recently moved back to my hometown, 20 years after graduating high school. I'm apprehensive about running into old classmates. Angst within. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Oct 3, 2015 - 26 answers

Small college town - how do young families socialize?

I'm not really looking for "how to make new friends" advice, but more of how to cultivate and grow a community of friends - fellow young families in particular. Has anyone had success doing this in a similar situation, and how, exactly, specifically? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Sep 28, 2015 - 13 answers

So...why are you single?

I am in mid 30s and not married with no children. I constantly get this question from random people I meet, co-workers, relatives -you get the picture (all married). It annoys me and quite literally ruins my day. What's the best way to answer it? [more inside]
posted by sabina_r on Aug 29, 2015 - 69 answers

How do I tell my friend that he's too stubborn?

My friend is the coach and manager of our amateur sports team - let's call him Jim. Some of the other people who are still on the management team have complained to me in private that they are frustrated with Jim because of how stubborn he is and stuck in his ways. I'm trying to recruit another coach to help Jim, but he's reluctant too. I have a call with Jim tonight. What should I say? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by veryblue1 on Aug 25, 2015 - 5 answers

This is supposed to be fun, right? Event planning as an anxious person..

I would like to start planning more fun events for my friends and I, but I'm having trouble with anxiety over decisions and group dynamics. I’d love to hear any hacks or tricks as to how to arrange group outings that would be fun for everyone. (Specifically things like board-game nights, canoe and camping trips, hiking, river tubing etc.) [more inside]
posted by seraph9 on Aug 24, 2015 - 14 answers

Balance and community for introverts

Introverts: What does a harmonious social network/community of friends look like to you? How have you gone about identifying and tweaking that balance? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Aug 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Is it possible for us to be friends?

Can we still continue talking every once in awhile and be friends sort of? [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue on Aug 13, 2015 - 27 answers

how to find or create women-only gatherings, groups, clubs, and meetups?

I just got back from a week in a women-only environment and apparently I had no idea how desperately I've always needed to avail myself of a space like that. How do I find other women-only gatherings? Or how can I start one of my own? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Aug 13, 2015 - 32 answers

why do you like Tide enough to Like-like Tide?

Is there a way to disable Facebook telling me what my friends liked and other places they commented? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 12, 2015 - 6 answers

I am surrounded by childfree couples. How do I announce my pregnancy?

After years of unsuccessfully trying to start a family, my partner and I have resigned ourselves to the idea of never having children and fully embraced a childfree lifestyle with a busy social life, lots of travelling, sports and fun hobbies. I just found out I am 8 weeks pregnant. [more inside]
posted by Karotz on Aug 10, 2015 - 49 answers

How do I apologize for mixing friends, family, and business?

I made a mistake. I'm helping my in-laws buy a house, and I introduced them to a long-time friend and Realtor, in the hopes of providing my friend with a reference client, and my in-laws with an extremely trustworthy advisor. At first everyone seemed very happy with this arrangement, but it's gone off the rails. [more inside]
posted by whisk(e)y neat on Jul 13, 2015 - 17 answers

Unenthusiastic would-be wedding attendee

My partner's former roommate is getting married and we're invited. I want to go in the interests of not rocking the boat. But I have reasons for not wanting to go. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2015 - 24 answers

Partner's request to bring his mom to my co-worker's bbq...

Wall o’ text follows. All names have been changed. [more inside]
posted by foxjacket on Jul 4, 2015 - 75 answers

Should I worry about my introverted toddler?

My two-year-old son is very introverted, and I’m not sure if I should worry or if there are things we should be doing to encourage more social interaction. Advice and perspective appreciated. [more inside]
posted by forza on Jun 28, 2015 - 22 answers

Want to be in more friend circles, but having trouble connecting...

Hi AskMe: I'm a 34-year-old single female, quite introverted, not really having a tight circle of friends until my breakup from my only relationship 2 years ago. I have one main circle of friends, many of whom I got to know from going to a board game meetup. While I enjoy socializing with the group over dining out and some board games, I sometimes feel uncomfortable with venting to people in my main circle as a sounding board because of some past internal group misunderstanding as well as drama involving the former "group leader" arising from a breakup he suffered (where the fact I asked said group leader out and got rejected did not help at all) and some new group members coming in whom I feel like I enjoy in limited doses only. So I feel like I need to find more circle of friends while keeping the existing circle--with some friends being more people whom I can confide to--except... [more inside]
posted by Tsukushi on Jun 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Making friends in Spain as a poor introvert

How do I make friends while living abroad in Spain as an introvert with very limited funds? [more inside]
posted by iamsuper on Jun 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Nerd hobby that gets me out there

What is a nerd hobby that will enable me to (a) travel anywhere to enjoy (b) interact with people and build relationships, (c) not super expensive, (d) somewhat DIY, and (e) doesn't require an entire workshop, garage, or wardrobe? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jun 19, 2015 - 34 answers

Where did you meet your 5-7 closest friends? How often do you see them?

I moved to a new city about 2.5 years ago and, aside from a few friendships that quickly faded by the 6-month mark, still have not made any friends. I don't want advice on where I should meet friends -- I want to know how you (i.e. people ~25-35 years old who are out of school and have been in the "real world" for a few years) have met the people you currently consider your closest friends. I want to have a better idea of how people ACTUALLY met the people they spend the most time with, how often they see them, and how many people they would consider friends. [more inside]
posted by Penguin48 on Jun 16, 2015 - 49 answers

Can I still take you up on that offer? From friends to FWB...

A friend and I once discussed an exclusive FWB arrangement, which I declined since I was only looking for a serious relationship at the time. Two years later, my situation has changed and I'd like to test the waters. Should I bring up the subject again? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2015 - 15 answers

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