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Why did you break up?

Why did you break up? More specifically, you thought you found someone you're compatible with, you guys mutually made a commitment, but yet you ended up breaking up a year or two later, or later in life. What was the reason for the breakup? [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Dec 5, 2012 - 46 answers

Should I move out from my boyfriend's apartment?

Should I move out from my boyfriend's apartment, or give the live-in relationship another chance - or break up? [more inside]
posted by katerok on Dec 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Romance with old friend

I've recently been through some major life changes and find myself feeling strong romantic feelings for an old friend, former co-worker. I fear acting on my feelings because I don't want to jeopardize our platonic friendship which, at my age (65) is precious. I worry that even talking about my change in feelings for this woman might ruin our friendship. I'm not certain that she has reciprocal feelings for me, although I think she might. We are very compatible in most regards, intellectually, shared interests and activities, etc. And the friendship just as it is is rare and cherished. Should I 'confess' and risk what we have, or accept it for what it is and look elsewhere for the intimacy I seek? As might be obvioius, I have limited experience in physical (sexual) and emotionally-close relationships.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Dec 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Months ago, boyfriend told me he has herpes. It still bothers me. What now?

On herpes and forgiveness. Nine months into our relationship, my boyfriend told me that he has HSV-2. That was almost a year ago. It still bothers me. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2012 - 47 answers

Healthy and fulfilling expectations for a relationship

What are the healthy and fulfilling expectations of what a relationship should be and do for you? [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeah on Nov 25, 2012 - 8 answers

How do you get over the one that got away, and deal with the regret?

How do you get over the one that got away, and deal with the regret? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2012 - 9 answers

is something very wrong here ???

I have an ex who seems to be be depressed and has sent me a few emails telling me that we are all programmed by the "Source" that free will does not exist, that nothing depends on us etc and that the "Source" has decided that he would always be unhappy in love ! And that if the "Source" has decided that he would be unhappy, unaccomplished, alone then he must be happy with that decision. (He's 55, pianist/composer, not well known, gets by with the financial help of his parents., never been able to commit or live with a woman. His father is bi-polar, been hospitalised a few times for that). This is contrary to my world view, which I told him but I'm rather worried about where his mind is going. Any thoughts, help much appreciated
posted by hopefulmidlifer on Nov 11, 2012 - 21 answers

When is love actual LOVE?

When does "I love you" mean something? And is there a way to say "OMGZ I'M HAVING SUPERSTRONG LIMERENT FEELINGS TOWARDS YOU" without sounding quite that weird? [more inside]
posted by f3l1x on Nov 6, 2012 - 33 answers

Rave Filter: am I going in with the right expectations?

Rave Filter: am I going in with the right expectations? [more inside]
posted by Sine_Agraphia on Nov 5, 2012 - 27 answers

Can you really be addicted to a certain kind of sadness?

Can you really be addicted to a certain kind of sadness? Ugh...I hate that song. My boyfriend has serious intimacy issues but is trying to work on them. I feel intermittently insecure/frustrated/sad/angry and I don't know how much longer I can take it... [more inside]
posted by entropy33 on Nov 4, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I win his heart back?

please help me gain back his trust and love - i feel like i'm dying [more inside]
posted by canadiantuxedo on Nov 1, 2012 - 65 answers

How to move on (and out?)

[heartbreak/confused sexuality filter] Recently admitted my romantic feelings toward a close friend, but have no idea how to pick up the pieces of my actions and move forward. Somewhat messy details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2012 - 11 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

"I love you!" "[insert appropriate reply here]"

Best way to respond to an unrequited "I love you"? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Oct 10, 2012 - 25 answers

With this BBQ I thee wed...

My partner is planning to propose in a matter of a few months. I want have something that I can surprise HIM with when he proposes to me! Is it acceptable for a woman to give a reciprocal proposal gift to the man? And if it is acceptable, would a barbecue be a little too bizarre? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Oct 9, 2012 - 53 answers

Puzzling relationship pattern

General relationship pattern question about the end of limerance as well as some specifics, with some concerns about monogamy/nonmonogamy. Somewhat long. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Oct 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Is this part of my quarter-life crisis?

Is this part of my quarter-life crisis? (a blizzard inside) [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Oct 2, 2012 - 71 answers

Seeking that first-kiss feeling

I'm happily married, but it's ridiculous how much I want a good first kiss. Help me get over it! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2012 - 44 answers

90s japanese film about love in faceless corporate world

Looking for a Japanese film I saw prior to 2003. It was a dystopian picture of some people trying to have an office romance in the corporate office landscape of Tokyo - lots of shots of bleak urban concrete and highways and faceless office parks full of conformist white collar employees - in the final scene of the film one of the characters is stranded walking along the edge of a highway. It dealt with a complicated love triangle. I know this isn't the title, but it was something like "Kiss me twice, now hold me I love you" or something a little crazy like that- I believe this film was made in the 90s or the early 2000s. It was in Japanese language with subtitles. There is a slight chance it may have been Korean, but I'm pretty sure it was Japanese. This film may have been discussed by Fredric Jameson in one of his essays as it was screened in a graduate school class on Japanese cultural critique.
posted by cmp4Meta on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Is it normal for your girlfriend to slap you as a result of your own actions?

Is it normal for your partner to slap you if you yell hurtful things at them? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Sep 23, 2012 - 124 answers

How to trust myself again to believe in love?

The break up I recently is making me confused and it has shattered my confidence. I would like to know what happened, how falling in love is meant to be in reality and how to get back my confidence. [more inside]
posted by home on Sep 22, 2012 - 14 answers

my girlfriend seems distant. i need a womans advice

How can i save my relationship with my girlfriend? We have been seeing each other for exactly one year. We are grown, she in her 30s me in my 40s. she has a young child and my kid is in college. Since we started dating its been pretty fun and loving sometimes hard also. [more inside]
posted by tlrjr on Sep 20, 2012 - 18 answers

Heterosexual Civil Partnerships and UK Law

My girlfriend and I want to do that 'public display of commitment' thing, but we don't want to get married. Heterosexual Civil Partnerships are not yet available in the UK. Can we do it elsewhere with legal status? Or should we wait? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Sep 20, 2012 - 31 answers

How to stay when it hurts like I'm already gone

How do you stay in a relationship when you know there's a very good chance it might end soon? [Siberian winter's worth of snowflakes inside.] [more inside]
posted by Sockmaster on Sep 17, 2012 - 42 answers

A mail order bride for me

Mail order bride site that is not a scam? Does one exist? If you have successfully found yours how did you do it?
posted by digividal on Sep 15, 2012 - 13 answers

Should I Stay in a Relationship that I Helped Ruin?

I deeply hurt my partner emotionally. I was insecure and stupid. She was there for me when I wasn't for her. Now, I've gotten all my confidence back, and she's not present in the relationship. I truly love her and want her. Should we continue? [more inside]
posted by sunogenous on Sep 14, 2012 - 26 answers

Wistful Songs of Emotional Conflict?

I am looking for more songs similar to 10cc's "I'm not in love". Specifically, songs about attraction or falling in love but feeling conflicted over it or uncomfortable with it or questioning it. Difficulty: Must also be non-venomous, non-hostile, non-accusatory. So I am not looking for songs like "You give love a bad name" or Britney Spears "Toxic". [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Sep 5, 2012 - 55 answers

Do we "need" love?

Do we really "need" romantic love in our lives? Is there a magical point of self-love where one just attracts love from others? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2012 - 27 answers

How to get my ex back in this complicated situation?

My first love broke up with me 4 months ago. I had taken her for granted, albeit under difficult circumstances. I want to rekindle things but I know I've hurt her. If I don't try to rekindle, I think I'll regret it forever. How do I do that while respecting her feelings? [more inside]
posted by alxnrwd on Aug 31, 2012 - 117 answers

Life like Walden

After many years of living a very social life in a very big city I find myself living alone in a very remote part of the world. Seeking advice and insight into a life of solitude. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2012 - 15 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

Help me get my dad's lovelife on track

My dad has not been in a relationship since his split from my mom 19 years ago. He's turning 60 next year and I want him to finally be able to find someone to grow old with. He lives a few Provinces away - how do I broach this with him. [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl on Aug 28, 2012 - 29 answers


(re)met the daughter of a family friend last weekend at a wedding. We hadn't seen each other since we were 6 or 7 and she is two years younger than I am. The challenge--spent three hours together, live 600 miles apart, and I can't stop thinking about her. A few more details, but the question is "How can I see if this has potential to go somewhere?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 13 answers

i'll let you be in my dream if i can be in yours

help! a quick quote on love from greek poetry and mexican poetry for a wedding toast. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Aug 17, 2012 - 6 answers

I have feelings for my friend...how do I get out of the friend zone?

I started having feelings for my good friend and mustered up the courage to tell him, but he says he doesn't feel the same way, yet still wants to remain close friends. I'm not happy with that. How do I get out of the friend zone? Or should I just get over it? [more inside]
posted by impactsmoothie on Aug 13, 2012 - 31 answers

How can I stop thinking about a girl I like, who's too young for me to say anything to, at least enough for me to focus on my work?

How can I stop thinking about a girl I like, who's too young for me to say anything to, at least enough for me to focus on my work? (Snowflakey details inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2012 - 37 answers

What a pretty mystery you, you suddenly turned out to be

I saw Lyle Lovett last night (he puts on a great show!) and would like to learn to play one of the songs in his set. The song is Understand You, and I need piano sheet music, with lyrics. The closest my googling gets me is guitar chords, but I don't know what to do with them. The original songwriter appears to be Eric Taylor.
posted by postel's law on Aug 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Bass Aackwards: Dating Style.

If I had only known how awesome you are I would have never moved in with you... [more inside]
posted by bzzt on Aug 5, 2012 - 61 answers

What should I read at my sister's wedding?

Looking for suggestions for readings that I can give at my sister's wedding. Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Aug 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Seriously confused by recent breakup.

Why am I hopeful with this ex-girlfriend ? [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Jul 28, 2012 - 31 answers

I breathe you in and keep you forever

There was an article/NPR story from a couple years ago that described findings that we incorporate ALL things we take in into our bodies. [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies on Jul 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Midlife relationship question

I recently met online a former high school boyfriend from 25 years ago. We've seen each other briefly at reunions, but now we are both single and he is over the moon with me before we've even had a chance to meet in person again, which will happen tomorrow. I am confused and overwhelmed by his interest in me, how do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by waving on Jul 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Rescue me! Stories of heroics & love

What are your favorite amazing stories? [more inside]
posted by Ys on Jul 15, 2012 - 15 answers

Love isn't just a four letter word

A male married friend recently told me he loved me. A few weeks later he told me again [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 - 21 answers

What game is this boy playing?

Help me see clearly and avoid any mis steps; We finally went on our first date (lasted 9 hours) and had plans for a second. I thought for sure he liked me but he ended up canceling the date and hasn't messaged me since. I want to reach out but am sitting on my hands because I don't want to appear needy. Should I reach out or let it be? (More details inside) [more inside]
posted by soooo on Jul 11, 2012 - 45 answers

Is there really more to life than this?

How do I stop feeling so lonely, and be excited again about the rest of life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Ex with Asperger's

How do I navigate trying to reconnect with an ex who possibly has Autism/Aspergers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Live and let go.

Seeking wisdom on possessiveness. [more inside]
posted by veryape on Jun 30, 2012 - 14 answers

I'm in love, how do I not go crazy?

I love her and she loves me. Help me not lose my goddamn mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Like Being a Teenager

Still feel comfortable, happy and awkward around him. How can I stop the awkward part? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Jun 25, 2012 - 5 answers

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