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I need to NOT like this person. Immediately.

I've started a real nice friendship with someone in a serious relationship. I can't help it but I feel like I'm starting to develop strong feelings. I need to stop and prevent these thoughts from going any further. [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune on Mar 7, 2014 - 28 answers

 

Dating with PTSD - And Tell Me Cutting Off This "Friend" Was Right

I've got PTSD and am socially isolated in graduate school. I met a hot guy, and had to friend-dump him because he's in a long distance relationship. Tell me I did this right! [more inside]
posted by cheberet on Jan 28, 2014 - 21 answers

Can/should I be friends with someone I dated or can I end it gracefully?

I've dated a man on and off for two years. I shouldn't have gotten involved with him again after the first breakup, but I did, and we eventually became friends with benefits. This was ok for a while because I was dealing with some serious family issues and didn't have much energy or time for a relationship, and we enjoy each others company. He recently decided he wanted a girlfriend and through online dating has found someone. I'm struggling with whether to walk away, or to try to maintain a friendship. [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow on Jan 20, 2014 - 17 answers

Is there an App for that?

I meet new people all the time, and have lots of old friends from different phases of my life. I realize I can't keep up with everyone I've ever met, but I'd like a better system for helping to manage new friendships. Is there an app like that? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Jun 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Girlfriend met a guy on dating site. This isn't settling well with me.

My girlfriend, who is lonely, used a dating site to make a "friend" which I'm having difficulty coping with. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2013 - 81 answers

A breakup means you break things off...

This was me. Short version: was in a 6 year relationship with about a year of long distance, partner dumped me for someone else out of the blue. A month later he broke up with her and has since been really working hard for us to get back together. I can't imagine trusting him enough to get back into a relationship, but I love him and he's my best friend so we're doing this weird friends-who-miss-one-another and love-one-another thing that I know will eventually end badly. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2013 - 25 answers

Friend to employer? New relationship guidelines...

So Mr. lasamana got a job (yay!). He had an offer from a company that was not local and an offer that was local but with a fair amount of travel. We made our decision in part by Mefi. Now the question - he’s now working for the local company that includes 2 separate friends of ours. They are his bosses. He seems cool with it but I’m having an issue. We (3 couples) are friendly through our kids. 2 of ours and separately 1 each of theirs (different ages). Occasionally we got together as moms and socialized. This happens maybe 2x/year. Our conversation runs the gamut and included personal stuff. Not to mention we run into each other in the store, etc. I feel very leery all of a sudden about these relationships. Not to mention I sense a sudden cooling off by one of the wives. Is it better to let these friendships fade or maintain as if nothing changed? I should one of these couples has been very good to one of kids even including him on overnight trips and stuff. Now I’m concerned even about the propriety of that in relation to other employees. Do I have a valid concern? Want to add I really like both couples and have had great fun with the wives.
posted by lasamana on Apr 22, 2013 - 6 answers

What to do when you're the asshole in the relationship?

So, I was a bad ex-girlfriend and a shitty friend. What now? [more inside]
posted by frizzle on Mar 12, 2013 - 48 answers

Friendships after relationships

I'm trying to figure out the best way to understand and handle the relationship between myself and a good friend who is also my ex. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by jlibera on Feb 4, 2013 - 20 answers

Mountain out of a molehill: is this great crush-guy gay?

This Question Makes Me Feel Silly: I like him, think he likes me. . .but I honestly can't tell whether or not he's gay. Need advice on how best to handle clearing this up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2012 - 39 answers

How can I make sure past unrequited feelings never return and just try to remain friends?

I really need help in dealing with a situation of unrequited love with a best friend, to becoming complete strangers, and then back to best friends again. [more inside]
posted by stonecutters88 on Oct 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Hey, I Just Met You....

I am rather awkward when it comes to matters of the heart and I am unsure how to proceed in this particular situation. [more inside]
posted by chara on Oct 8, 2012 - 28 answers

Looking for some dialogue, maybe from Jane Austen

I'm trying to track down a piece of dialogue from a book, possibly written by Jane Austen, about people who seek out a friendship and then decide they don't like the other person. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Aug 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Navigating dysfunctional friends breakup

A couple who I am friends with are going through a bad breakup. Can I remain supportive, neutral, and also safe? How? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Aug 29, 2012 - 13 answers

First Love Issues

Why do I often dream of my ex? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Aug 23, 2012 - 28 answers

We love you no matter what the sexual orientation of your opposite sex sex partner...

How do I get over my mainstream ideals and let this friendship be its awesome self? [more inside]
posted by buteo on Jun 24, 2012 - 29 answers

How to stay friends when there's a one-way crush?

Made a new friend, developed feelings that went unreturned. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Can you help me decline an open dinner invitation?

How do I decline an open dinner invitation from an acquaintance with whom I do not wish to spend time? [more inside]
posted by kellygreen on Mar 18, 2012 - 17 answers

How do you not mess relationships up?

How do you not mess relationships up? [more inside]
posted by litleozy on Dec 23, 2011 - 32 answers

Losing your Boyfriend and Bestfriend in one swift move.

Help me stick to my "right decision" even though it's making me feel sick. Dealing with a break-up when you are both still in love and there was no breach of trust. [more inside]
posted by pandorasbox on Dec 9, 2011 - 20 answers

Forever Alone?

When it comes to interpersonal relationships, I’m having a difficult time managing. I only have 3-4 good friends, and I haven’t had a girlfriend since before GW Bush was re-elected in 2004. Lately it even seems like the few friendships I have are suffering. I cant figure out how to move forward from this point in my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Extraverts + introverts attract

What do extroverts find specifically attractive in introverts, for either romantic relationships and/ or friendships? Anecdotes from extraverts especially welcomed. [more inside]
posted by moiraine on Oct 24, 2011 - 28 answers

with a friend like this...

My friend wrote something shitty about our friendship in a major publication! How can I rationalize the fact that the friendship is over and stop feeling sorry for myself about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 - 31 answers

The Case of the Ex

How do I separate my ex's rejection/betrayal from my post-coming out anxieties? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2010 - 18 answers

Post Quarter Life Crisis....now what?

Is it normal to WANT to be single for a long time or am I [subconsciously] still hurt over a breakup? [more inside]
posted by penguingrl on Dec 6, 2010 - 30 answers

15 short days...

Falling for someone that is leaving... in 15 days... should I tell them? I am not even sure if the feelings are reciprocal. If you have advice for the foolish and insecure, please see the ridiculous bean-plating that follows... [more inside]
posted by glip on Dec 5, 2010 - 23 answers

melodrama, fade-out, third option?

How do I dial back a friendship before my heart gets trampled any more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2010 - 32 answers

Once my lover, now my friend. Possible, or just a cruel thing to pretend?

How to manage the transition from fiance to ex to friends? [more inside]
posted by Ceci n'est pas un sockpuppet on Aug 26, 2010 - 27 answers

Friends 4 now benefits later?

How to tell a friends with benefits that you dont want the benefits for now but perhaps may want them later? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Should I make contact and apologize after all this time?

Ruined things with a couple people in high school. Older and wiser now. I feel I need to make contact and apologize, but is that a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2010 - 42 answers

How to deal with a friend who is basically using his girlfriend for a place to live?

A friend of mine is essentially using his girlfriend for a place to live. He really should break up with her, but that would mean moving back in with his family. He claims to care about her, but constantly expresses interest in other women, going so far as to say he'd leave her for any one of them, if one opened that door. The girlfriend is clingy, emotionally dependent on him, and completely lacking self-confidence. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by SugarAndSass on Jun 5, 2010 - 28 answers

Please don't ask me on a date.

I know a guy in person that I've been chatting with online. In person, I'm not attracted to him at all. But I am intellectually turned on by the conversations we have. (Anon because I talk to this guy on the internet.) I don't want this to go any farther. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2010 - 15 answers

Are close, one-on-one, opposite-sex friendships a good idea?

Are close, one-on-one, opposite-sex friendships a good idea; or is the risk of one-sided romantic feelings and other problems too great? [more inside]
posted by dogcat on May 6, 2010 - 34 answers

How do I keep my relationship with a former friend stress-free in a new work situation?

How do I set up boundaries between myself and my friend after our friendship had a nuclear breakdown and we are bound to work together again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Round Two, this time with consideration

Dated my ex for a year, split up for 1.5 years. Recent developments re-awakened my feelings. How to explore this while being considerate to him and our friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 - 10 answers

How to work this out with him? I only have a few hours...

How do I work this out? (I am meeting my boyfriend in a few hours and I need an outsiders advice about a recent problem in our relationship)... [more inside]
posted by dentro on Jan 4, 2010 - 76 answers

How do I deal with a good friend picking the ex over me?

Non-mutual, unexpected break-up. Two months later, still working on getting over it. Bigger issue: Our mutual friend and their now-thriving friendship. [more inside]
posted by inmediasres on Dec 23, 2009 - 14 answers

Should I date other people while involved in a long-distance relationship?

I've been in a long-distance relationship for five years, we'll call him "M." It is a damn challenge. During those five years, M and I have gone back and forth between an open relationship, not a relationship, and a long-distance relationship. We've both dated other people, but never gotten serious about anyone else. I just started dating someone, "J." Do I need to tell J about M? And should I even be dating other people? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on Dec 13, 2009 - 18 answers

How should I act toward a female friend after she rejected my romantic advance?

I'm ashamed to say that, even though I'm in my mid 20s, I'm still very inexperience at this relationship thing. Recently I just met this amazing girl who I really like. Unfortunately, after trying for couple months thing didn't worked out. She rejected my advance citing I'm not acting the way she thought I should, and she found another guy she really like. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2009 - 24 answers

Is it depression and am I making it worse?

Every night that he comes home and winds up browsing the internet for hours, I feel like I'm going to scream. Am I a nagging worrywort, is my boyfriend mildly depressed, or both? And what's the best way to work on it? [more inside]
posted by brisquette on Nov 17, 2009 - 39 answers

Tell him about unwarranted jealousy?

Do you tell your boyfriend about (unjustified) feelings of jealousy, or just get over them on your own? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Oct 21, 2009 - 33 answers

Best friend's girlfriend hates me

My best friend's new girlfriend hates me for no reason. [more inside]
posted by cheesecake on Oct 18, 2009 - 21 answers

Meeting a crazy ex?

Should I meet my crazy ex boyfriend, one that was a huge emotional disaster? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2009 - 54 answers

Can we still live together or are we crazy to think it could work?

This is yet another "we're broken up but still living together and want to remain friends," question, but with some complications... specifically, we had planned a Caribbean vacation for next winter, and she still wants us to go together... I'm not so sure that's a great idea. Long, drawn-out story follows. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2009 - 13 answers

We were friends, that was as far as it went

I was rejected pretty kindly, we are being friends, and we're hanging out an awful, awful lot. Please help me get some perspective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Utterly forgettable

I tend to be forgotten between facetime sessions with friends. [more inside]
posted by @homer on Jan 23, 2009 - 14 answers

I'm taken but falling for someone else

I'm falling for a friend who is much more compatible with me than my SO of five years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2009 - 38 answers

In a relationship, need friends.

I'm in a long-term relationship and I hardly have any friends. How do I get some? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2008 - 15 answers

I said goodbye. She left but the pain stayed. Go figure.

I told her we shouldn't hang out. Should I feel like a jerk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2008 - 22 answers

Preventing the slow, painful slide into friendship

Recent acquaintance and I, definitely clicking, but things are headed into friendship waters. Can this be diverted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2008 - 46 answers

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