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When does becoming a good listener go too far?

As a friend of someone who is going through an extended personal rough patch, how do I find and maintain a good balance between being a sympathetic ear and feeling like a punching bag? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2009 - 18 answers

How can I compare to a supermodel in training?

My friend is gorgeous like a supermodel. I am not. How do I stop feeling down on myself? I am starting to resent her due to my jealousy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2009 - 45 answers

Help me figure out how (and if) I should dump a friend.

She wants to escalate the friendship; I want to dial it back but not necessarily end it. How can I handle this without being mean or subjecting my other friends to this tiresome person? [more inside]
posted by JennyK on Apr 29, 2009 - 30 answers

Dealing with Gossip and Mutual Friends

You're with some friends and they begin to maliciously gossip about one of your friends. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2009 - 36 answers

How do I show a fantastic friend that I appreciate her?

Help me do something sweet for a friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2009 - 18 answers

Are my standards for friendship too high?

Are my standards for friendship too high? I have a friend who seems to constantly, deliberately avoid hanging out with me, but was upset to learn I'd distanced myself from her as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2009 - 25 answers

Just fade out?

To piggyback on this previous question, should you let the other person know that you are severing ties? [more inside]
posted by blithecatpie on Apr 13, 2009 - 11 answers

Help getting over a crush on a straight guy.

I'm a dude; he's a dude. I'm in love with him, and I need to get over him. But I can't. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2009 - 22 answers

Can't be just friends.

I'm falling for my friend but she doesn't see me in that way. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2009 - 26 answers

How do I maximize the odds of a good outcome when I tell my friend I'm in love with him?

I'm in love with my friend. I'm going to tell him, but not for a few months. A) What do I do in the meantime? B) Any dos/don'ts for when I tell him? C) How do I both hope for the best and keep my expectations in check so I don't get hurt if he's not interested? D) Any way I can feel him out for signs of interest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2009 - 42 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

Is it wrong to leave a mostly-ok 10-year relationship because you've found someone new that you're passionate about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2009 - 65 answers

Mending bridges with a former supervisor?

How can I mend a friendship with a former supervisor while embattled in a quasi-legal situation against our former company? [more inside]
posted by Raynyn on Mar 28, 2009 - 13 answers

Let's get physical, but not that kind of physical...

I've just left a relationship in which I was having great sex, but not experiencing enough non-sexual physical affection from my partner. It really made me aware of how much I need physical contact such as hugs, and knowing that there's a living body near me. How can I get more of that feeling of physical affection without actually hooking up with someone? [more inside]
posted by pipstar on Mar 14, 2009 - 27 answers

managing my expectations with no shows

Friendship-filter: How can I manage my expectations better when people cancel at the last minute? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Mar 12, 2009 - 37 answers

Friendships: do i just accept that I'm not gonna understand my guy friends?

Do you approach same-sex and opposite-sex friendships similarly in terms of expectations of care and respect? [more inside]
posted by paperlanterns on Mar 6, 2009 - 37 answers

Why be friends after a breakup?

After a breakup that is not mutual, what is the purpose of staying friends with the person who dumped you? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Mar 6, 2009 - 32 answers

Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend Bruce, Can You Tell Me Where He's Gone?

While searching for an old friend on Facebook, I found out that he had died a year ago, "unexpectedly at home." Usually that means something bad. What's an appropriate response given that amount of time? Should I follow-try to contact his wife, whom I never met?
posted by Xurando on Feb 22, 2009 - 43 answers

How do I build a social life at 30?

How do I build a social life at 30? Or how do I get better at building/maintaining casual relationships? [more inside]
posted by runflats on Feb 14, 2009 - 22 answers

Why don't you talk about your girlfriend?

I've been working with this guy for 3 months, and we've gotten on really well the whole time. Today he casually brought up his girlfriend for the first time. Why hasn't he mentioned her before? [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj on Feb 11, 2009 - 31 answers

What to do when depression disrupts your relationships?

What to do when depression disrupts your relationships? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jan 30, 2009 - 13 answers

How do I get *into* the friend zone?

Can a guy in his 20's make new female platonic friendships? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by fishtacos on Jan 25, 2009 - 22 answers

Utterly forgettable

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

helping relieve stress and overwork from afar

Someone I love is very burned out and is still facing another month of overwork before he gets any real break. Thinking about ways I can help. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jan 23, 2009 - 10 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 feel used. I want a close friendship.

How do I get over the feeling that I need to be useful in order for people to like/tolerate me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2009 - 20 answers

Is it normal to maintain multiple casual relationships year after year?

I am looking for opinions on my lifestyle of multiple casual relationships.. Is it healthy to be inherently against a committed relationship because you enjoy the company of new people quite frequently? [more inside]
posted by Macallister Vagabond on Jan 19, 2009 - 29 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

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

Can we and/or the kids be friends?

Can this mommy friendship be saved? Please forgive my overly long background story... [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 on Jan 11, 2009 - 29 answers

Please be my friend... wait, why are you running?

What makes the difference between "You think I'm really awesome-- that makes me feel good and I like being around you" and "You think I'm really awesome-- I'm uncomfortable and this is awkward"? Can things work if one person is the clear initiator of building a friendship? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Jan 9, 2009 - 22 answers

Pfft, cry me a river. Wait, don't!

Okay, so my friend cried in front of me. This isn’t usually a big deal for me, but for some reason this little episode has totally unnerved me. A huge plate of overthought beans await inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2009 - 53 answers

Movies about love and relationships that aren't like whirlwind romances?

I'm looking for movies about love that are not of the Titanic type. That is, they are about two people who learn to love each other over a long period of time. Maybe at first they don't particularly like each other - or they are just together by necessity, or they are just friends and never think about love. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Jan 3, 2009 - 53 answers

How to make and keep friends when most people suck?

How to make and keep friends when most people suck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2009 - 40 answers

Help me build a better social real-life network in 2009 !

My new year resolution is to do more/better real-life networking : more/better acquaintances, more/better friends, more/better relationships. I need tips and tricks on how to get a generous-sized addres book and an improved social life and what to do once I meet these potential new friends. [more inside]
posted by Baud on Dec 25, 2008 - 8 answers

How can a somewhat solitary guy meet a need for hugs and human contact?

How can a somewhat solitary guy meet a need for hugs and human contact? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2008 - 13 answers

Is it possible that hanging out too much with the same circle of friends can be... inhibiting?

Is it possible that hanging out too much with the same circle of friends can be... inhibiting? [more inside]
posted by Myles on Dec 15, 2008 - 24 answers

If he's not interested, why does his behavior say he is? Could it be our age difference?

We've been friends for several years. Over time, all signs pointed to his having feelings for me. I just asked him out. He said no. But I have lots of evidence that he fancies me. Could this be because of our 14-year age difference? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2008 - 30 answers

Friends who work for The Man?

My oldest friend got a job in the justice system. How can we stay friends? (long. sorry.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2008 - 46 answers

Tell my friend where to make friends in Ft. Myers

Where do gay men and people who love them hang out in Fort Myers, Florida? [more inside]
posted by millipede on Dec 10, 2008 - 4 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

How do I let my friend know that his behavior is bothering me?

How do I politely let a friend know they're crossing the line from joking teasing to being hurtful and that their constant sarcastic, negative attitude is getting old? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram on Dec 5, 2008 - 24 answers

Help me find a quote/poem/proverb about friendship and neighbors.

Please help me find a quote, proverb or poem, about friendship and neighbors. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Dec 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Trying to make unrequited love into mutual love

I fell in love with my best friend; love was unrequited; decided to cut contact with her to try and get over her (hasn't worked); now I want to have her back but only if she wants to date; how do I do this without being a jerk? LONG explanation ahead... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2008 - 37 answers

Friendship after mutual rejection?

Hooked up with my friend, who was in the process of getting back together with an ex. She says she's attracted to me still, and wants to date eventually. Did I do the right thing? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Nov 27, 2008 - 12 answers

How do I reconcile bisexuality with male friendships?

I’m struggling with how to deal with male friendships. I’m a guy. I’m also bisexual. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2008 - 31 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

friendship? yes please.

Anyone have suggestions for friendship quotes that are cute, but not sappy/cheesy? And short is good. [more inside]
posted by cheemee on Nov 18, 2008 - 27 answers

What is an appropriate Alice in Wonderland quote for a memorial?

Can anyone think of an Alice in Wonderland excerpt appropriate to the funeral of a dear friend? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Nov 17, 2008 - 10 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

Don't want to be a pity friend

How do I show a new friend that I don't want to be friends anymore? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Nov 8, 2008 - 15 answers

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