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How can we make our city apartment more of a social hub?

My wife and I are in our late thirties with a young child of 2, living in a big European city. Though we still have social lives outside and host a few dinners a month, we're finding ourselves increasingly isolated at home, and it's kinda depressing. We long for the days when people used to just 'drop by' and the home was filled with people. How can we shake things up and make our apartment more social? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2015 - 18 answers

How do I get used to being single?

I've been out of a relationship for over a month and I'm running into trouble reconciling with the single status. It doesn't help that the ex seems to be moving along well. How do I reconcile with the feeling that I'm completely isolated? [more inside]
posted by skippingcharades on Nov 25, 2014 - 16 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

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

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

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

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

Some men are islands

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

Why don't I have any friends anymore?

In the last 15 or so years I have managed to make and keep exactly one friend. What am I doing wrong? I used to have friends from college, but they all moved away (seriously, almost all of them, to other continents and coasts). I freely admit to being judgmental and opinionated--but I'm also funny, well-read, and courteous. (Once upon a time, my friends liked that I was opinionated and judgmental.) I'm a good conversationalist. I know about balancing self-disclosure vs. showing an interest in the other person. I'm also well acquainted with professional help, and with prescription remedies, so no "go to a therapist" answers, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2006 - 38 answers

Extroverted Introversion? Introverted extroversion?

Going through a major life/social shift, how do you find the balance between being social and well, "me time"? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Apr 18, 2005 - 12 answers

Where would you go to be completely alone for a year?

If you wanted to be completely alone, by which I mean away from people, for say, a year, where would you go? The pacific comes to mind... [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Dec 21, 2004 - 16 answers

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