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Introverted three year old and family get togethers

My introverted three year old refuses to engage at family gatherings. But how do I teach her to be polite? And what exactly is going on in her head? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jul 6, 2014 - 40 answers

Sound of Silence

Can these conversational hiccups be saved? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on May 8, 2014 - 23 answers

IT positions that don't rely on working with people

I've been bombing in interviews for IT Help Desk, or Desktop Support positions, and whenever I've called back the interviewer, the most common answer they give is "poor communication skills". Is there any entry point into the field that wouldn't rely so much on working with people? Would it make more sense to work as QA tester, and then try to transition to something in systems or database administration?
posted by omredux on May 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Group Work in Math "Lab" + Introvert = I'm Freaking Out

I'm taking Calculus this term and have just found out the second half of each class will be group work and I'm freaking out. I'm an introvert and the thought of working in a group - especially where I don't feel confident about the subject matter - is making me anxious before the class even starts! Can anyone tell me what to expect and/or offer suggestions on how to make it less awful? [more inside]
posted by Beti on Mar 28, 2014 - 14 answers

How does anyone ever talk to anyone else?

I'm in a new relationship and we just had a fight that was started more or less because of an issue I've been struggling with my life: I never know what to say to people. How can I work through this issue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Class participation for introverts

How can I save my class participation grade? [more inside]
posted by ella_minnow on Feb 6, 2014 - 19 answers

How do you cope with an utterly draining person who you can't avoid?

For various reasons, I'm in currently in a domestic situation with a family member who is really, really draining. This person has quite a few traits that seem narcissistic/borderline/non-respectful of boundaries. [more inside]
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl on Dec 6, 2013 - 13 answers

I work with a vampire.

Please help me sort out a human relations issue I'm having with a coworker. I feel exhausted when I work with this person. The easy answer seems to be Talk with her about it, but I imagine the conversation just creating more exhausting drama. And, seeing as it's a work relationship (colleague), I wonder if the right thing for me to do is suck it up and accept that part of what makes it paid work is dealing with different personalities. Any unpacking advice? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Nov 22, 2013 - 36 answers

Dating Woes

My partner has an abundance of free time. I do not. This is a constant source of conflict for us. I thought I had a practical solution, but it's not working. Can you help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by chara on Oct 21, 2013 - 48 answers

Help me be a better actor.

I recently landed the role of Lennox in a local production of Macbeth—uh, "The Scottish Play"—despite very little experience in acting. I enjoy roles with fewer lines, so I was pleased at first. Now that we're well into rehearsals, however, I'm struggling with my personality and the character's. Lennox is a thane, a soldier, and I'm a weedy introvert. I need some help. [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Sep 29, 2013 - 16 answers

Going it Alone, Reunion Edition

My 15th university reunion is next weekend and since I now live back in the area of my alma mater, I'll be heading to the party at least for the day. Except, I will be going solo. How do I make the most of the experience and not give in to my wallflower, introvert tendencies? [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! on Sep 28, 2013 - 4 answers

"Feeling Good", the handbook ... or something else?

My sweet baby sister is struggling with some depression and self-esteem issues. She's not interested in therapy at this point but she's open to doing some self-help/at-home work. What book shoud I get her? [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert on Jul 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Alone time? How to get it and give it in a loving way.

People who need a lot of home all alone time – how did you get used to (if you did) living with a spouse or partner? What was the adjustment period like? Also, can you get enough the alone time you need if the other person is in the same house, but not in the same room? What advice would you give to each person in this type of relationship? Anecdotes welcomed on cohabiting with a person who needs lees or more alone time than you.
posted by Lescha on Apr 11, 2013 - 29 answers

I don't want to be the jealous girl.

How do you dust yourself off and carry on after shy and awkward days? And how can I stop fixating on, comparing myself to, and feeling envious of a social, extroverted classmate? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Mar 20, 2013 - 28 answers

How can I become more extroverted?

Have you successfully made an intentional transition from introversion (socialization = draining) to extroversion (socialization = sustaining)? If so, please step inside and share your insights with me. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Feb 9, 2013 - 24 answers

Please help this introvert make new friends!

I have been an introvert for as long as I can remember. I do have a few good friends that I enjoy talking to, but usually they were the ones who befriended me, instead of the other way around. Now, because of changes of circumstances in my life, I would like to bring more new people into my life, more actively this time. Dear hive mind, please give me some tips on how I can do it. [more inside]
posted by clair-obscur on Jan 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Is my RL a dead horse or does he deserve this chance?

Another question about my LTR: how much should I try to give another chance to my potentially EUM partner? [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo on Dec 29, 2012 - 35 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

How can I connect with my sister?

How do I develop and nurture a relationship with a family member with whom I share little in common besides mutual respect and a desire to build closeness? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Nov 7, 2012 - 14 answers

how do i integrate myself into a brand new friend group?

how do i integrate myself into a brand new friend group? [more inside]
posted by humiliated_grape on Nov 5, 2012 - 17 answers

what's a people-loving introvert to do for a career?

What's a good career or job for an introvert who enjoys working with people? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee on Oct 3, 2012 - 21 answers

Oxford: Open Sesame!

Visiting researcher (also, a rower) at Oxford- in a land of gated communities- how do I 'get involved'/'dive in'? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree on Aug 31, 2012 - 17 answers

Helping, selfless, yet jealous?

On rare occasions, I dislike this feeling I get when I'm helping others. Why do I sometimes feel jealous if those that I help, spend time being helped by others? I should be happy for them, right? It is rare, but it happens and it is bothersome! [more inside]
posted by Bodrik on Aug 14, 2012 - 17 answers

Can I adapt to high energy situations?

Can high energy be learned? [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Aug 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me not mentally flagellate myself

As a shy, awkward introvert who is frankly not good with people, how can I shut down my own negative self-talk when I'm in the midst of social situations--namely, a big two-day-long event happening this weekend? Are there any easily remembered mantras or things I can tell myself so that I'm not focusing the whole time on my own shortcomings? [more inside]
posted by indognito on Jul 28, 2012 - 36 answers

Introvert theme songs (with no vocals)?

Introvert theme songs with no vocals or lyrics? (previously) [more inside]
posted by querty on Jul 23, 2012 - 24 answers

One week, one small home, two families. Help an irritable introvert cope?

Husband's family is coming to town, yay! They're asking if we can put them up for a week, eek! Small home, two bedrooms, four adults, three children. I'm an introvert and homebody in the extreme; have anxiety and, lately, irritability issues; and I don't know if or how I can cope with this. Help me make this possible. [more inside]
posted by Eolienne on Jul 9, 2012 - 23 answers

How to stop being passive in romantic/social life?

I'm in a funk through completely failing to take my romantic/social live into my own hands. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Jun 16, 2012 - 11 answers

I want to be alone! (but I want to want to NOT be alone...)

My job (which I love) is sapping my small reserve of social energy and killing my (already near non-existent) social life. I don't want to be a hermit! How can I get more interested in doing things with people after work instead of always cocooning? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on May 25, 2012 - 25 answers

how to get close to a shy guy

Tips for getting to know an introverted, smart guy better? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Apr 12, 2012 - 6 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

Grant me some solitude

Grant writing: is this a good career for an introvert? [more inside]
posted by indognito on Mar 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Want roommate divorce from my very own personal Eeyore.

My socially awkward roommate/friend is hampering my social life. I don't know how to kindly set boundaries without really hurting him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2012 - 16 answers

I hate talking to people.

How do I become less of an extreme introvert/misanthrope? I've barely had any social contact in the past three years, but this is not how I want to live my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 - 25 answers

Introverted 18 y/o seeks advice.

I'm an intensely introverted 18 year old living in somewhat of a social vacuum. I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by csjc on Mar 7, 2012 - 18 answers

Help!

How can I overcome my introversion, social anxiety and supposed language barrier and bond with my SO's friends and family? [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Mar 6, 2012 - 14 answers

Socially awkward woman that can't lift a bowling ball seeks advice

Help me get out of having to go to my boyfriend's friend's wife's birthday bowling party that I wasn't even invited to. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Feb 3, 2012 - 47 answers

How do I tell my boss I don't want to carpool?

How do I tell my boss I don't want to carpool with the group for a 12+ hour round trip? [more inside]
posted by dalesd on Jan 12, 2012 - 31 answers

How do I form lasting relationships with coworkers?

How do I form lasting relationships with my coworkers? [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Dec 3, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I get new clients as an introverted financial advisor?

I'm finishing my economics degree this year and I've decided that I would like to become a fee-for-service financial advisor. The one major issue is that I'm strongly introverted and I'm not confident about my ability to find new clients. I'm looking for book recommendations and sage advice from those with similar types of careers. [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus on Oct 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Is there a reason for my inability to connect with guys and what can I do to be more at ease with them?

I’ve been trying to figure out why I can’t communicate with guys at a more personal level. I’m wondering if it’s just shyness or something more. [more inside]
posted by the borneo kid on Sep 1, 2011 - 24 answers

I want more friends, not more projects!

How do I make friends with the sort of people who DON'T go to meetups? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Jul 21, 2011 - 39 answers

Snoring introvert looking for a hostel in Amsterdam

I usually stay in hotels, want to try out hostels for a change. I snore. Help? [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS on Jul 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Don't go away mad (but please go away! for a few minutes! so I can work!)

Is there a technique / piece of ancient wisdom / secret phrase that (a) will get overzealous office conversationalists to back off, and (b) won't leave them mortally offended (or that at least will help me avoid Things Getting Weird in the workplace or elsewhere I have to interact with the same people regularly)? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jul 14, 2011 - 36 answers

How to quit being an unwilling asshole?

Tell me how to be yourself when your 'self' is terrible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 - 23 answers

Quietly traveling the world.

Need help planning a fitness-oriented RTW trip starting in mid-August, consisting primarily of a few long-distance treks. Complication: I'm a really really extreme introvert. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jul 11, 2011 - 3 answers

My girlfriend is quiet

I'm chatty. She is quiet. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by pauldonato on Jun 26, 2011 - 47 answers

Puppy love

Will getting a dog help me be less of an introvert? [more inside]
posted by bendy on Apr 17, 2011 - 31 answers

I Vahnt to be Ahlone

Female introverts in popular culture? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Mar 14, 2011 - 52 answers

Am I selfish for asking for more input in our financial decisions?

Help me understand financial partnership in marriage. Snow flurries within. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Feb 26, 2011 - 90 answers

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