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Isolated microbiome; is this a thing, or just some woo-woo idea of mine?

Is there any theory or study that would justify (or falsify) the idea I currently suffer from a lack of - for want of a better term - cootie biodiversity? Am I less healthy because my microbiome has been turned into a monoculture? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Aug 14, 2014 - 7 answers

A sad, sad life

I have been isolated and depressed for 10 years. I need help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2014 - 33 answers

Needed: One Pair Of Big Girl Pants ASAP

I am one of those adults who had to emotionally take care of myself throughout my life due to mediocre parenting. Mom and Dad weren't hugely abusive, but they didn't seem to give a fuck about my brother and I. I'm coming out of a month where I went off my meds and I think I had a hypomanic episode followed by a giant crash. While I am now back on my meds and working with my therapist and pdoc, I am craving someone in my life who would take care of me emotionally. Someone who would understand where I was coming from and why I feel the way I do. The thing is, I do live in reality and know that's not possible for the immediate foreseeable future, if ever. What can I do to self-soothe and give myself that pampered feeling? How do I find someone who gets me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2014 - 13 answers

How do I get out of this alive? Should I bother?

I'm an isolated mess of a person and not sure how I will get out of it at this age. If you've ever been this isolated or hit rock bottom and made it out, how did you do it, particularly if it happened to you after 35? [more inside]
posted by katherant on Jul 10, 2014 - 45 answers

What do I do in Bangkok when I can't really DO anything?

I am in Bangkok for another week and a half. I've been here 18 days already and have been confined to my hotel recovering from surgery. It was fine, but boring, but now my fiance has had to return to the US ahead of me, and I find myself wondering if I can keep it together and maybe even have some fun while here. I've been cleared to leave the hotel as of today, but can't go far. I'm also having anxiety and some post-surgical depression (that's a thing, right?) that's making me wonder what I can do in this situation to stay sane? [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Jun 23, 2014 - 16 answers

Solitude 101.

Solitude, isolation, introversion...how to be happy with related life choices and what to watch out for. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Caskeum on Apr 22, 2014 - 29 answers

How does an isolated person heal from a breakup?

I need tips on how to handle/distract myself from a break up when I'm low on the friend count and the money count and don't really leave the house. Ever. [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Oct 30, 2013 - 25 answers

Isolation, Linguistically & Socially: the 4 Year Edition.

This past late March marked four years of living in Quebec. It has also marked more or less four years of isolation. This needs to change. A myriad of snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Jun 4, 2013 - 28 answers

How old were you when you first genuinely fell in love with someone...

How old were you when you first genuinely fell in love with someone that resulted in a relatively lasting, satisfying relationship? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on May 19, 2013 - 28 answers

Help me help my partner help his father

My father-in-law lives alone, has a poor diet and a heart complaint, is a hoarder, is lonely and socially isolated, and it makes my partner miserable worrying about him. How can I help my partner, help my FIL, and help my partner help my FIL? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2013 - 10 answers

What can you suggest I do for peace of mind instead of talking to anybody about private matters?

What can you suggest I do for peace of mind instead of talking to anybody about private matters? [more inside]
posted by Ingenting on Nov 24, 2012 - 18 answers

I want both!

I've been offered an 18 month job 3000km away, where my partner lives. Everything sounds great except for leaving friends and family for 18 months, which is a really big deal for me. I'm really struggling to make up my mind, help me? [more inside]
posted by deadwax on Jul 26, 2012 - 22 answers

Songs about Lonliness

SongFilter! Help my find songs about loneliness and isolation, either sad songs about those feelings or happy songs about overcoming those feelings. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jun 30, 2012 - 35 answers

How can I fight isolation and help a Sighted spouse understand what I go through as a Blind person?

Summer was a wonderful time of year filled with swimming, playing outdoors. Lately, though, summer has become just a big reminder of my visual impairment. Feelings of inadequacy and not being understood by my spouse-- what do I do? (Asking for a friend.) [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck on May 24, 2012 - 21 answers

How to turn Web developer isolation into something more outgoing?

I'm a humanities-oriented people person freelancing as a Web developer and IT person, but tired of working from home in isolation. While I enjoy running my own operation, I wish I could get out there and teach people, work with kindred spirits, etc. Anyone have any ideas or experience they might be willing to share on beating this predicament? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Are there places online where I can fill this need for social interaction?

I'm an out-of-place extrovert living in an isolated location with no friends and not a lot of hope of finding any real connections in the near future, and desperately need some sort of human contact, even if just online. Please help me find some. [more inside]
posted by sockless on Feb 10, 2012 - 33 answers

High Quality, High Isolation Cans?

I need high-quality headphones with good isolation and good sound quality, for use in a cube farm with an annoying air handler hum. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jan 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Am I just too damn judgmental?

Why don't I like new people and how can I get over it and make friends? Long snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Nov 1, 2011 - 21 answers

What's the glue that makes people stick?

What's the glue that makes people stick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 - 28 answers

Even hermit crabs need to sacrifice their shells for potential profit

How does a long-time recluse reintegrate into society? Need advice on how to spark an inner desire to socialize, and how to transform my mindset into one that makes socializing enjoyable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 - 37 answers

Finding friends in Japan

Where should an American expat go to meet people in Japan? [more inside]
posted by 7life on Aug 10, 2011 - 10 answers

The care and feeding of boyfriends (in rural Japan)

My boyfriend is coming to visit me in Japan. Yay! Help me help him not die of isolation, culture shock and boredom. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country on Aug 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Keeping Your Soul Without Losing Your Edge

I have, unexpectedly, become something of a celebrity and I think it's changing my behavior for the worse. In short, I am worried I am becoming a complete pill because I now have the freedom to tell people to screw off. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2011 - 58 answers

Constructive cures for cabin fever

I am caring for an elderly relative who needs someone nearby 24 hours a day. I'm left with a lot of free time that I'd like to fill with something constructive. What (cheap, indoor, offline) things can I do that will have satisfying results in the 4-6 weeks I'll be here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I try to help a depressed, possibly borderline, friend who's trying to isolate herself?

My friend is deeply depressed and is trying to cut herself off from me and her other friends. How can I try to help her? Key questions: 1) Any suggestions on how to try to convince her that I genuinely want to stick around and be her friend and it's not just out of obligation, and/or other other ways to respond to her trying to push me away? 2) She's given up on hope of any treatment or improvement-- I think she might be borderline and that DBT could be a good fit for her regardless-- any suggestions of what I could send her about DBT and/or BPD (or anything else) that would have the best chance of getting through to her and giving her hope that things can get better? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Apr 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Horror set in space

Looking for recommendations of horror stories set in space - movies, TV shows/episodes, books, comics, games etc. Bonus points for 'ghost ship'/'haunted house' story constructions. [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy on Feb 6, 2011 - 43 answers

23rd Birthday Bash - in Semi-Total Isolation. Help!

Want: Small winter cabin for MLK weekend, close-ish to DC. [more inside]
posted by brynna on Dec 9, 2010 - 8 answers

I don't want to give up on people or myself: how do you deal with persistent impermanence?

After 15 years of disappointing dating, how do I hold on to my optimism and avoid apathy in my relations with others? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Nov 15, 2010 - 17 answers

How to best use a period of solitude to heal

I'm hurting after a breakup, and am lucky enough to be leaving tomorrow for just over two weeks on Salt Spring Island. For about half that time, I will be alone and mostly isolated. How can I best use this period of solitude to reflect, refresh and heal myself? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Oct 4, 2010 - 20 answers

Loosely clinging to reality. How do I sort my life out?

Loosely clinging to reality. How do I sort my life out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I make real, lasting progress towards being better?

How do I make real, lasting progress towards being better when I have social isolation/anxiety and depression? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jan 26, 2010 - 16 answers

"For I have known them all already, known them all--"

Songs that are thematically similar to "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and Hamlet: emotional isolation, wasted youth, life consumed by contemplation rather than action, etc. [more inside]
posted by Gotham on Dec 20, 2009 - 26 answers

It's like a star trek script before they fill in the [tech]s

I am out of my depth at work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 - 13 answers

Isolation Fatigue

What happened to my ability to trust in and connect with people? How do I regain it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I find the motivation to leave the house?

Long-term cabin fever, please help me get out of the house. [more inside]
posted by Danila on Jul 31, 2009 - 17 answers

How long to bounce back?

Meltdownfilter: after some traumas I finally fell apart and I'm scared about what, and how long it will take to recover. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Help my brain...in Japan!

Looking for some advice on how to cope with long-standing psychological issues - except...I'm studying in Tokyo for the next month, which adds some unique twists. [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb on May 26, 2009 - 8 answers

How do you find someone to talk to?

I'm not a social person, but I really need to build some relationships. How do people do this? This isn't taught in schools, or I must have skipped that day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2009 - 20 answers

An optimistic novel for an indoctrinated nihilist?

What is a classic, perhaps philosophical, novel about individual freedom to choose? So that no matter how desperate the situation you find yourself in, you always have choices about what to do, how to feel and how to think about your situation. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Mar 10, 2009 - 23 answers

Help fighting isolation for a shut-in.

Help fighting isolation for a shut-in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2009 - 19 answers

Some men are islands

I don't want to die alone. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2008 - 52 answers

Late-20s unexpected isolation

Late-20s unexpected isolation. Is this common? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Dec 4, 2007 - 58 answers

Books about loners

I am looking for some fiction where the main character is a loner and seems to be OK with it. (possible spoilers) [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Nov 11, 2007 - 45 answers

How much solitude can a person take?

Am I normal? Our company recently closed its New York office and asked some of us to stay on and work from home. At first it was heavenly, but now, nearing the end of month two, I think I'm starting to go a bit balmy from lack of stimulation and human contact. Is it me? Or is this somewhat normal?
posted by cookie googleman on Oct 9, 2007 - 29 answers

taming the emotional hydra?

So, how you do contend with massive, hemorrhaging, overwhelming emotion? This is also sort of a LDR question too. [more inside]
posted by bluenausea on Sep 11, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me rediscover the simple life!

Help me rediscover the simple life! [more inside]
posted by It ain't over yet on Jun 17, 2007 - 33 answers

Hell is other people.

Is it possible for a person to be so hopeless at interacting with other people that avoiding them as much as possible becomes the sensible thing to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2007 - 31 answers

Bring on the lonely.

Where do the misanthropists work? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Mar 8, 2007 - 38 answers

Bluetooth isolation headset?

I'm looking for recommendations for a bluetooth headset, with sound quality and noise isolation as primary concerns. [more inside]
posted by hihowareyou on Feb 26, 2007 - 3 answers

strauss without singing

Strauss Without Singing - I'm a huge fan of Strauss' orchestra compositions but dislike the opera singing. I know this will make me sound unclassy but I have to ask: is there an orchestra recording of "Four Last Songs" that is just the orchestration and no voice? I've looked and can not find. And additionally, if I wanted to do it m'self - what software/hardware exists to either cancel out voice from music, and music from voice? THANKS AS ALWAYS.
posted by Peter H on Oct 26, 2006 - 7 answers

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