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Paranoid about people being disingenious

How do I overcome this fear/paranoia? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jan 27, 2014 - 16 answers

He's a great guy, I swear

My boyfriend is a wonderful person, but apparently a lot of people find him creepy and off-putting. To be honest, I've been around him enough that I don't entirely disagree with them. I'm wondering what, if anything, I can do to help. [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive on Oct 29, 2013 - 23 answers

I feel like I've woken up with no friends - what can I do to get by?

I'm a 22 year old male. In the past month I've moved to a new area, lost my best friend and gone through a breakup. My friendship had been so broad and close that I neglected my other social connections. I'm also new in my job and haven't made any real connections there. Ultimately it feels like, in the span of a few weeks, I've lost all of my social outlets. I feel desperately lonely and unsure about what the hell I can do. I'd appreciate any advice on how to get through life day-by-day as I piece myself together. [more inside]
posted by Henners91 on Sep 3, 2013 - 19 answers

how can an introvert infiltrate a tight-knit group of super-socializers?

my SO of about a year has a very large family that is heavily into socializing, and i'm an introvert. can we peacefully coexist? [more inside]
posted by humiliated_grape on Aug 28, 2013 - 20 answers

Eeew, that's disgusting. Elementary school lunchtime social resilience.

How can I help my son to not feel embarrassed socially for having the healthy (and admittedly a little weird) lunches that I give him for school? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Aug 27, 2013 - 65 answers

Boston filter: How do I make new friends?

Trying to put myself out there and blossom socially! [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Jul 6, 2013 - 26 answers

I don't want to f*ck; I want to make friends.

Good ways to make offline friends using the net? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me tell my BFF to shut up, in the nicest of ways.

My best friend is dating a new guy and is currently in the "floating in the clouds" stage. He's all that she talks about, texts me about, emails me about, mentions, quotes, you name it. I'm happy for her, but I am quickly reaching "who cares" stage. She does this with everyone she dates, but this guy might become permanent, so I'm not brushing it off as "just wait until this passes". How can I politely tell her that we need to have conversations about OTHER THINGS? She can be very sensitive, and I don't want her to feel that I am not interested in the relationship or not happy for her. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by ElectricGoat on Apr 28, 2013 - 26 answers

I don't know anyone at my college; I want friends, parties, and hookups

I'm finally realizing that even though I'm at a huge school, people won't just magically come to me, so I'm trying to make new friends, go new places, and enjoy myself. I want to be the guy that everyone knows, who is always busy. Problem is, I don't understand how to start since I don't know anyone, and since I've been in this situation for two years now, I can't play the "new in town" card anymore. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2013 - 33 answers

...Why am I so antisocial?

Is it wrong for me to not want any friends, or will it destroy me in the long run? [more inside]
posted by orchidgenes on Dec 27, 2012 - 21 answers

Tips and techniques for keeping in touch with people more often?

I want to keep in touch better with family and friends. What are your techniques, tools, and strategies for doing this? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Dec 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Best way to build a social network in a new place?

I'm moving to a new city. How can I best build a social network - and what can I do before I get there? [more inside]
posted by Ashlyth on Nov 10, 2012 - 15 answers

How can I pass as a normal person?

Pretending to be normal. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Oct 5, 2012 - 28 answers

How do I temporarily go through life without friends?

How do I cope with daily life without any friends? I feel like my latest attempts at making friends is going nowhere.. [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jul 29, 2012 - 10 answers

I'm always the last to know about get-togethers with my friends

I've noticed lately that some new friends I've met last year via a social anxiety meetup group make plans for getting together amongst themselves and then inform me at the last minute, after all the plans have been made. This bothers me and I don't know why it's happening. Any insights on what I could do to handle it without sounding like a whiny child? [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Jul 4, 2012 - 23 answers

Help a loner rejoin the herd!

How do I integrate myself into a social circle when I don't have a social circle? [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Apr 26, 2012 - 36 answers

Me : Extrovert. She : Introvert. Can this relationship survive? Should it?

Me : Extrovert. She : Introvert. Can this relationship survive? Should it? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Mar 28, 2012 - 67 answers

how to form a group of girlfriends at age 30?

How can I form a group of close, lifelong girlfriends when I'm almost 30? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee on Jan 14, 2012 - 22 answers

I'm done with freezing up when I talk. Help me become a better conversationalist.

I'm done with freezing up when I talk. Help me become a better conversationalist. [more inside]
posted by suburbs on Sep 16, 2011 - 14 answers

How to find older friends?

I'm 31. I'd like to make some friends who are older than I am--even significantly older. How can I go about this? [more inside]
posted by vecchio on Jul 26, 2011 - 35 answers

Have I pruned my facebook friend list too much?

I've pruned my facebook friends list quite a bit. Am I going overboard or should I "refriend" some back? [more inside]
posted by lankford on Jul 10, 2011 - 21 answers

How do I deal with Racist friends?

What do I say to racist friends? A guy I know makes racist jokes, and I don't know how to call him on it because he's technically not disparaging me? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jul 10, 2011 - 41 answers

I believe you when you tell me that we've met before, this time you've got my interest, this time you've got the floor

How can I get better at talking to new people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 - 9 answers

My apartment is the JOINT!

I want to have an apartment that people congregate at. What makes an apartment a fun hang out spot? [more inside]
posted by amycup on Jan 17, 2011 - 51 answers

Wherever you are, it is your friends who make your world

I'm a woman in my 30s. Six months ago, I moved cities to be with my boyfriend. Things with him are going pretty well, but I really, really miss my old friends, and I really need to make some new friends. How can I make some new friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 23, 2010 - 16 answers

Help! I may be an asshole

I seem to have a neverending list since adulthood of people that just simply do not like me, and increasingly shorter list of those that do. How do I become less of an asshole? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 - 55 answers

I suck at friend-making.

Finding friends at college? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Sep 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Not a tea party, hopefully.

I haven't thrown a party since I graduated last year, and I'm not sure that Cheetos and beer pong will do this time around. How do I make sure that the upcoming get-together I'm hosting is a success? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jul 26, 2010 - 40 answers

Making friends in Melbourne

I'm an American guy in my mid-late twenties living in Melbourne, Australia for (at least) the next eight months. My social life was quite exciting when I first moved here during late summer, but lately it feels a bit stagnant at times. I'm looking for ideas of activities to get involved with, to make use of my free time and help me connect with new people (friends of both sexes, plus THE LADIES). [more inside]
posted by adamk on Jul 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Old Friends Old Flames

Does anyone know of any research into social media platforms and the phenomena of looking up people from one's past? Surveys? Sociological Research?
posted by elis on May 24, 2010 - 3 answers

Breaking(up) news

What is the best way for a couple to tell their mutual friends that they're ending a long-term relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2009 - 14 answers

Worlds colliding!

How do I deal with anxiety about my discrete social groups interacting with one another? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2009 - 12 answers

We're not friends, please stop talking to me.

"Please excuse me...No really, don't follow me, I don't want to talk to you." How do I politely get out of having to converse with someone I was friends with for a long, long time but am no longer? Person is inconsiderate, dismissive, and generally a bitch who thinks she's funny when she says mean things. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Aug 17, 2009 - 27 answers

How do I meet female friends who're like me?

Where's a good place to meet women like me, in my area, online or in real life? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Feb 3, 2009 - 15 answers

Happy birthday to me?

Is it weird to invite acquaintances/coworkers out for drinks after work to celebrate your own birthday? Is it a fairly accepted, normal thing to do, or is it likely to set off the "she's strange and/or desperate!" alarm bells? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Jan 22, 2009 - 32 answers

I don't want my courage to come from a bottle

Since the beginning of the year, I've begun binge drinking in social situations to loosen up. What can I do that will help me get over my anxieties and not have to depend on a bottle to make me talkative and fun? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2009 - 21 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

How to meet other math and science geeks when you're not in school?

How to meet academic/intellectual/geeky people when you work in a mechanical trade (millwright), and can't feasibly go to college at the moment although you want to badly? [more inside]
posted by tehgeekmeister on Nov 18, 2008 - 17 answers

Your New Best Friend

Have you seen my people? They must be in Melbourne somewhere... [more inside]
posted by xz on Nov 16, 2008 - 5 answers

How Do You Make Friends From Strangers?

You've moved to a town very remote from any of your established social circles: you have no best nor casual friends nor any romantic relationships. You go into one or more meetings of utter strangers with whom you know you share some common interest (OneBrick, a Mefi meetup, a Meetup.Com thing, or something else entirely). What do you do — specifically, pretend I've got Asperger's here (no offense to those who do) — to take things from the level of "just an amiable conversation" to an actual friendship? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Sep 25, 2008 - 27 answers

How to balance my budget and my social life?

I will be starting graduate school in the fall (thanks for the great advice on my previous question!), and going from a quite comfortable salary to a typical grad student's pay. Obviously, in order to keep my budget balanced I will have to cut back considerably on eating out and other costly entertainments. How can I maintain some kind of social life without going broke, and without offending my friends? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Jul 13, 2008 - 28 answers

Not quite a party, but more than a get-together

I'm going to be hosting weekly patio-sits/get-togethers/hang-outs, but want some theme ideas to keep the conversations interesting, without too much work on my part. Help? [more inside]
posted by cheeken on Jun 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Does reading "How to win friends and influence people" will help me win friends and influence people?

Does reading "How to win friends and influence people" will help me win friends and influence people?
posted by dcrocha on Apr 1, 2008 - 18 answers

Do you want to be my friend? Check yes or no.

Some friends of a friend don't seem to want to know me. At all. Which makes for some really uncomfortable get-togethers. Looking for suggestions on the best way to deal. [more inside]
posted by Ruby Doomsday on Mar 17, 2008 - 37 answers

New girl in town

I'm moving to Venice/Santa Monica and want to meet good, intelligent, normal people in my age group. How? [more inside]
posted by JJ Jenkins on Jan 25, 2008 - 14 answers

Have I destroyed a friendship?

Is my friend being petty, or should I try harder to patch this up? Long explanation... [more inside]
posted by Ruby Doomsday on Oct 29, 2007 - 73 answers

Help me survive this spontaneous girl's night out.

Help me be a more carefree person on a roadtrip, with someone who is having post-breakup depression, and who has always had terrible taste in music. [more inside]
posted by cobaltnine on Oct 26, 2007 - 15 answers

25 and No Friends, Cliques Everywhere. What Am I Supposed to Do?

25 and No Friends, Cliques Everywhere. What Am I Supposed to Do? [more inside]
posted by MeysterR on Sep 27, 2007 - 34 answers

How to meet people in Chicago in their 20s.

[ChicagoFilter] I moved to Chicago recently, and I'm having difficulty making friends and meeting people who are around my age (early 20s) who share similar interests -- and I am looking for suggestions on how to branch out. (mi) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2007 - 31 answers

He's nice, but I don't want to be friends with someone I don't really want to be friends with

How do I go about NOT making friends? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 17, 2007 - 23 answers

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