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How to establish emotional boundaries but still help depressed friend?

How to establish emotional boundaries but still help depressed friend? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Oct 23, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I get my friend to stop "joking" about things that aren't funny?

I have a friend who makes a point of expressing how much he likes really poisonous people from my past until I lay out for him the precise reason I (often) find even the mention of said person upsetting. These people are his acquaintances at best. He does this for every/any person he knows I find really upsetting. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by skermunkil on Oct 20, 2012 - 56 answers

How do I get this sadness/anger meld to stop?

[emotional blathering filter] YANAT, but I need a little help untangling my jumbled feelings. How to deal with deep feelings of resentment and sadness and get back to focusing on what's really important to me? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Oct 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls.

Help me find letters written between close female friends. [more inside]
posted by peacrow on Oct 16, 2012 - 18 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

How can we interact more with people with developmental disabilities?

How can I help my daughter interact with people with developmental disabilities? [more inside]
posted by stinker on Oct 15, 2012 - 15 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

Friendship, Stewardship

What to do with an awol friend's large object? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2012 - 18 answers

How can I help my friend?

My friend is in a very bad way. She's had a painful breakup, and she has a long-term chronic illness that's tough to deal with. She's housebound, isolated, very unhappy and says she's thinking of suicide. What, if anything, can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Sep 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Should I cool it with my long distance friend until he leaves his girlfriend?

Divorce from abusive ex almost final, unexpectedly slept with a friend. We have loads in common but he's not (yet?) available. Cool it, or enjoy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2012 - 31 answers

Friend's a fraud. Freak out or fly on?

A formerly close friend (with some family ties) is building a career as a seminar leader by misrepresenting himself as a business success and giving paid seminars supported by a local government agency. Should I care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2012 - 26 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

My long-distance best friend is depressed and suicidal. Help me help her!

My extremely-gifted best friend halfway across the world was depressed and then recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Now she's nearly suicidal. I'm in over my head and I don't know what to do... [more inside]
posted by luciphercolors on Aug 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Normally the awkwardness is part of my charm

How do I minimize awkwardness when I see a couple I stopped being friends with because, in part, I found myself falling very hard for one of them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2012 - 21 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

Delicate Situation, a bit complicated

How long should I wait to tell my friend about my feelings? So here goes (sorry in advance for the very long post, please stick with me). First time around that I ask for advice on any website... [more inside]
posted by 560fence_cat on Aug 29, 2012 - 31 answers

Should I give this friendship another chance?

A close friend, "Tom" has just gotten engaged to somebody, "Jane", who, in the recent past, despised me for reasons unknown and said terribly hurtful things to me. I am 100% ready to be pleasant and graceful about this, but Tom wants me (and my spouse) to be good friends with Jane. I am not interested in this. Help me figure out how to navigate this situation. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Aug 27, 2012 - 61 answers

Internet friendship ends badly. What now?

I'm posting this anonymously because "Angie" read it (unlikely, but not impossible), I think it would genuinely hurt her feelings. Also, I feel like an idiot to be posting this at all. This is kind of long and pathetic. Sorry. Summary: Internet friendship crashed & burned, I feel badly about it, what can I do to get over myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2012 - 14 answers

First Love Issues

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

How do I deal with an oversensitive, constantly negative friend?

How do I deal with an oversensitive, constantly negative friend? I am the only "real friend" X has, so I don't feel comfortable totally breaking off the friendship, but interacting with X frequently leaves me wanting to scream. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2012 - 31 answers

making friends in a second language

Making friends in a second language: Can you explain to me why it doesn't matter? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Aug 16, 2012 - 52 answers

Two Years Too Late Apology

How to go about sending an apology after two years of no contact with a former friend? Snowflake! [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Aug 15, 2012 - 19 answers

How can I encourage my friend to come out of his shell?

O wisest MeFites, do you have any ideas about how to foster intimacy in a friendship with someone who is emotionally guarded and shut down? [more inside]
posted by strelitzia on Aug 15, 2012 - 26 answers

Are old friendships really that much richer than new ones?

Is it really so bad that I don't have friends from high school anymore? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee on Aug 14, 2012 - 57 answers

I wasn't invited to my friends' baby shower. Was I snubbed, or is this just the way things are done in Babyshowerland?

I wasn't invited to my friends' baby shower. Was I snubbed, or is this just the way things are done in Babyshowerland? Flurries inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2012 - 54 answers

How to handle my friend?

Dealing with a friend who is in a bad place in her life - how can I handle this situation with grace and as few hurt feelings as possible? [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Aug 13, 2012 - 15 answers

Being a Better Friend and Person

How do I move past being hurt from unrequited love, in order to have a friendship with this person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2012 - 18 answers

productive social justice

How can I assert my support of issues that matter to me without going hog wild and kicking a lot of people out of my life? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Aug 4, 2012 - 34 answers

What is this craziness about?

I am a woman and I have been friends with a guy for about a year now, and I'm about to pull my hair out. How do I deal with someone that I don't know where their head is at? Is it me? Is it him? What the hell do I do with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2012 - 42 answers

Friendship question...

I lost a close friend a week ago. Help me understand why and if it's salvageable. [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Jul 30, 2012 - 17 answers

Karma Police

Is it ever ok to tell a friend or loved one to "be nice?" Or is this an big old oxymoron? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Jul 30, 2012 - 47 answers

How to convince my friend to go to counseling

Help me convince my friend to talk to a therapist [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jul 29, 2012 - 22 answers

Kicked out of my tribe

I lost most of my friends. Please help. [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress on Jul 26, 2012 - 90 answers

I want to be friends with my maid of honour after the wedding is done!

What should I do make sure my best friend has the very best experience as my Maid of Honour as possible? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Jul 23, 2012 - 20 answers

How to get better at staying in touch with people?

How do I get better at initiating and maintaining contact with friends, romantic partners, and potential friends? If you are a socially anxious, super-busy person, what helps motivate you to stay in touch on a day to day basis? [more inside]
posted by sockomatic on Jul 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Another ambiguous friendship problem, involving 2 shy snowflakes

Two shy snowflakes romance question. Need ideas for pushing the boundaries of our ambiguous friendship. [more inside]
posted by JeanDupont on Jul 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Should I say something?

I have been seeing my close friend's boyfriend on Grindr a lot lately. Should I say something? There are complicating factors. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2012 - 19 answers

How to deal with my friend's friends

I'm not sure how to tell my friend that I would really like to keep hanging out with her--just not in a group setting. Help? [more inside]
posted by tooloudinhere on Jul 9, 2012 - 21 answers

Hi, we missed you! Now, can you please STFU about… [TW: Sexual Assault]

[TW: Sexual Assault] One sexually assaulted me; the others hurt and abused me emotionally when close friendships imploded. I have PTSD after the whole experience. How do I get other friends to understand that I don’t want to hear about these people? [Snowflake configuration of details follows] [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story on Jul 3, 2012 - 38 answers

Got a great new job - why do I feel so sad?

After eight years at an idiosyncratic dept at a major university, I got a "golden ticket" job at a hot new start-up in my field. I am thrilled. But I am also deeply sad about leaving my friends and colleagues. I mean, deeply, deeply, crying-about-it frequently sad. (More sadness inside!) [more inside]
posted by Fierce clam on Jun 28, 2012 - 9 answers

What will make our cats get along?

Three cats in one house. One having trouble integregating. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 25, 2012 - 14 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

A little something to make me sweeter.

My social relationships start out as acquaintance with classmates, coworkers, and roommates. Then they progress to casual friendships, in which I hang out in bars and do small favors (help carry stuff, give rides). Then they stagnate or die. I have little in the way of family, so "chosen family" is an ideal that appeals to me a lot. Sadly, I have no one like that and things aren't moving in that direction at all. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jun 24, 2012 - 42 answers

Ex remained close with best friends. I can't deal with it now.

Ex-gf continued to stay friends with my closest friends. I haven't come to terms with it. [more inside]
posted by blizkreeg on Jun 22, 2012 - 26 answers

I love you so I can't see you anymore.

I've gotta stop having a crush on my friend or stop seeing her entirely. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on Jun 14, 2012 - 44 answers

Can we stay this way?

How to thwart jealousy and possessiveness in a non-relationship relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 - 23 answers

So much for Girls Night Out.

My best friend always brings her boyfriend along when we get together without asking or prior warning. I hate being a third wheel and have told her so, yet it continues to happen. Is this the death knell for our friendship? (Special details of course.) [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove on Jun 11, 2012 - 37 answers

My best friend is both angering and worrying me. I don't know what to do.

My best friend is both angering and worrying me. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jun 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Facebook's Skewing My Sense of Real Friendship

I'm a supportive, loyal, and giving friend. My friends do not treat me the same way. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Jun 9, 2012 - 45 answers

How to deal with friend who owes me money coming back into my life

I lent money to my friend, didn't get it back. I learned my lesson and wrote it off. Now she's back in my life. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 - 49 answers

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