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Special words to describe specific relationships?

English does not have words for certain kinds of specific relationships, but other languages do. I am interested in learning examples of some of these words. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Nov 14, 2014 - 30 answers

How do I move on?

I'm at a crossroads in my long-term relationship. We've been dating for 2.5 years. He's been trustworthy and I've been extremely happy in this relationship. I'm 30 f, he's 31 m. We live together. Things changed a few weeks back... [more inside]
posted by KB.Boston_implant.By way of NY on Oct 11, 2014 - 60 answers

Shocked at boyfriend's behavior... Help me!

I feel that my trust has been betrayed by my boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2014 - 50 answers

Relief for the bereaved

My mom died two weeks ago. It was from a fast growing lymphoma - was sudden and unexpected. She was an incredibly healthy person leading up to about the year before her death - no vices at all, exercised religiously, and maintained a very healthy lifestyle. Question revolves around help for coping with this loss, potential near-future loss of father, and changes in live. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on Jul 5, 2014 - 12 answers

2 or 3 things I (stilll don't) know about PR

I now have a newfound respect for PR and the rules of engagement. I took your advice and narrowed down my contact list from 800. I'm individually emailing journalists, bloggers and editors, asking them to list us in their calendars or mention us in a blog post. So far I'm not getting any response. This is bad, right? [more inside]
posted by lillian.elmtree on May 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Could any PR or press experts give these 4 a shot?

I'm handling PR as a volunteer for a nonprofit for a month. I'm fairly new to dealing with the media. I've read PR for Dummies, looked at online resources and related questions on askme. I found some great stuff, but no answers to these questions. [more inside]
posted by lillian.elmtree on Apr 20, 2014 - 11 answers

online dating, texting, and rejection etiquette

I'm an early 30s lesbian who spent most of her 20s in committed relationships. My latest and most significant ended about a year ago and I've started dipping my toe in the scary online dating waters. I'm not ready to get serious yet but since I've been in these long relationships, I've never really 'dated around' per se, except maybe in my very early 20s- although at the time I was pretty closeted and neurotic, so I hardly even count that. Anyway, I registered on OkCupid and messaged back and forth with a few people. Somewhat naively, I gave two of them my phone number to text. BAD IDEA. More inside.. [more inside]
posted by anad487 on Apr 16, 2014 - 16 answers

how do i stop my parents dictating my life?

How do I keep my parents from being quite so upset, angry and unreasonable, while retaining control over my wedding, marriage and life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2014 - 22 answers

cutting someone out.

I have someone in my life who I've come to realize can no longer be there. This person is an ex. We haven't seen each other but we've stayed in touch. Tried to be 'friends.' But it always ends up with hurtful messages and it's no longer a good situation for me. Probably also not for her. The relationship was long and it's been hard to let go. Complicating this: she has a serious mental illness and seems to be getting progressively worse. Which makes all of this worse. She pushes people away and has no immediate family. It makes me sad to think of her alone, but sadder to think about dealing with this for any indefinite period of time. I literally cannot handle it anymore. I'm done. So.. do I just ignore her? Tell her I can't talk to her anymore? We have gone a few weeks without talking but that's been the longest in over a year since we've been broken up. Anyone have experiences with cutting out someone with a mental illness? How did you get through?
posted by anad487 on Apr 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Retire already why don't you! OK, just help us prepare before you go.

One of our sales reps is retiring in two weeks and I am to take over his accounts and duties. The problem is he isn’t exactly helping with the transition process. How do we motivate him to help us prepare and be ready for his exit? Right now we might end up high and dry without access to important information we need to work after he's gone. We need to know what is going on with the accounts and everyone we should be working with. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Mar 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Can you help me understand my break-up?

Can you help me understand the dynamics of my breakup? [more inside]
posted by misspony on Mar 12, 2014 - 47 answers

No time is a good time

When should I suggest to my partner that he may have Aspergers? [more inside]
posted by misspony on Feb 24, 2014 - 37 answers

Friendship woes

How to tell if this a friendship is over - snowflakey wall of text inside [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Feb 4, 2014 - 16 answers

I feel invisible.

I feel invisible. Either that, or just forgotten/not cared for. Any solutions or experiences coping with being ignored? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Jan 6, 2014 - 36 answers

Maintaining healthy friendships while struggling with a mental illness.

Trying to figure out how to manage both a mental illness and a set friendships at the same time - balance between opening the can of worms that thoughts of a depressed mind can be and closing in, keeping things to myself appears to be incedibly hard to strike, and being unable to figure it out for 4 years now has been costing me plenty of sleepless nights and otherwise good friendships along the way. All input appreciated; more backstory inside. [more inside]
posted by 9080 on Oct 16, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I make my mother see she needs to see a psychologist?

Hi all, I don't live at home anymore, as I studied abroad, but frequently come home during holidays. During such return visit, and the ocassional visit by my family, I always get a good taste of my mother's uglier side. I dont want to diagnose her myself, but can say that her bipolar and control freakish behaviour is affecting the whole family (my father and brother) for as long as I can remember. I would dare to even describe it as abusive; minor problems like a dirty plate forgotten on a kitchen counter can escalate into agressive full blown shout out, and in general there were moments where I really had to remind myself that, whoa, this is my mother. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Aug 31, 2013 - 13 answers

Younger brother being a jerk or I am overly sensitive?

Younger brother being a jerk or I am overly sensitive? We are four siblings. Two sisters. Two brothers. All married. With children. I am the oldest sibling. The behaviour of my younger brother the past few years are really irked me. I have refrained from confronting him about it because I'd rather be a good guy and not rock the boat. We also work together in a family business. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2013 - 12 answers

In need of advice to start my job search in economics/commerce jobs.

I've just finished my masters in International Relations and am going to kick off my job start in earnest from next week. I have questions about where I should be looking for work, what options might be open to me, and would appreciate some advice. [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jun 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Who keeps the friends after a breakup?

Is it fair to a girl I was semi-casually dating if I continue attending her church after we broke up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 27 answers

What should I look for in a Public Relations/Communications program?

I'm thinking of enrolling for Fall 2013, and I'm interested in a practical, skills based (as opposed to academic) program. What courses are absolutely essential nowadays? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on May 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Resign my job (retail) or not?

I'm horribly unhappy with my job, but don't want to quit because of certain reasons. Advice solicited. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Mar 10, 2013 - 26 answers

Boyfriend's ex is a constant presence in his life

A colleague has recently asked me to go out with him. The major red flag is that his ex-girlfriend whom he split up with, is a work colleague. In fact, all three of us work in the same organisation. The two of them have very senior posts and the nature of their work is such that they need to interact at meetings every day. I have a less important job and only work part-time. He was dating his ex for many years and the breakup wasn't easy. None of us are likely to leave our jobs. Does working closely with an ex ever rekindle the flame? Also, they sometimes work late in the evenings and she lives near him, so she often takes a lift with him. Should this be stopped? After all they are in close proximity anyway, so what is an extra 20 minutes in the car? Would you say this is enough of a ref flag and I shouldn't go ahead?
posted by ashawill on Mar 4, 2013 - 50 answers

Happiness as a choice for the clinically depressed?

I've been constantly told that key to being okay again is to "choose one's happiness" - both by strangers on the internet and the very closest people in my life. I've been diagnosed with mild-to-severe depression and anxiety for three years now (there is a bit more to that, though). Since most of the before-mentioned friends (etc) wanted me to stop taking antidepressants, I am without them for now. So, since everything I found by sending my queries to Google was meant for "normal people" who are "feeling a bit depressed", I would be grateful to know how these approaches apply to those with actual mental health issues, if they do at all. [more inside]
posted by 9080 on Jan 9, 2013 - 36 answers

He likes me. He likes me not. Solutions?

Unrequited crush...or is it? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Dec 23, 2012 - 15 answers

Repeating "No" Nicely

How to say no over and over again? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Nov 26, 2012 - 25 answers

Learning more about China - where do I start?

Can you recommend me podcasts, books, TV documentaries, articles or journals (in English) where I could learn more about China, such as Chinese politics, history, culture and other important things?
posted by EatMyHat on Oct 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Am I being oversensitive?

Spent two days, 12 hours driving helping a friend move from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The whole time my friend seemed unappreciative of my help and didn't even go as far to pay or offer to pay for any snacks or meals. At the end of it all my friend offered thanks. Am I being over sensitive or do I have the right to be a little annoyed?
posted by nathanm on Sep 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Neighbor text

I received this text from my neighbor this morning. I have owned my house for 7 years and think my neighbor should mind her own business. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Sep 3, 2012 - 74 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

What do I do about my significant other's friend who takes cash under the table and pays no taxes, but calls us "suckers" that do pay them?

One of my significant other's friend runs a business that takes "cash under the table" and brags about his nice new toys, and teases us about what suckers we are that we have to pay taxes. This infuriates me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 - 76 answers

How do I temporarily go through life without friends?

How do I cope with daily life without any friends? I feel like my latest attempts at making friends is going nowhere.. [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jul 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Why is my ex girlfriend acting this way?

Help me understand my ex girlfriend's recent behavior. VERY LONG [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jul 26, 2012 - 43 answers

How do one handle buying property jointly before getting marrried?

How do one handle buying property jointly before getting marrried? (One partner has assets and the other one has income) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Family ties

My Mormon parents won't meet, talk of, or accept that I am with my girlfriend. How do I navigate family events and holidays since I am very close to my family but I am also in a very serious relationship? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Jun 20, 2012 - 43 answers

How can you mitigate a severe reaction to cigarette smoking in social situations when surrounded by smokers?

Asking for my Mom: how does a non-smoker who has a severe allergic reaction to cigarette smoke mitigate the effects at a social event when they are outnumbered 6:2? [more inside]
posted by katemcd on Jun 16, 2012 - 29 answers

Help me remain calm when talking to annoying flatmate!

Flatmate filter: I'm planning on having a calm discussion with one of my flatmates this weekend about some issues I know she has about the house, but that haven't been discussed in the open. I would like tips on remaining calm and collected in the moment. [more inside]
posted by mooza on Jun 3, 2012 - 16 answers

What do you do to calm yourself when in the heat of anger?

What methods have worked for you in terms of keeping a rational mind when you feel yourself becoming (rationally or irrationally) angry? [more inside]
posted by oink on May 31, 2012 - 16 answers

Where else can I get my human relations fix?

I love AskMefi for many things, but ultimately it comes down to being super-nosy about other people's lives, and the human relations questions are my favorite. What other sites should I be checking out to satisfy my curiosity about other people's lives and problems, as well as thoughtful advice and insight? I'm a big fan of Carolyn Hax's column, but am drawing a blank at what other sites I should try out.
posted by Neely O'Hara on May 14, 2012 - 26 answers

Is my case eligible for a Labor Board panel review?

I was eligible for a sizable bonus on February 1, 2012, the one year anniversary date of my start date. The offer letter said I'd get an email listing the criteria on which the bonus would be based by the end of February 2011. I never got the email. Requests for the criteria went unanswered. So have emails and phone calls since November. Is this something I could present to a Labor Relations panel for resolution? I have tons of qualitative and quantitative data on the work I've performed, essentially in a vacuum. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on May 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Corporate Question

Our department is small among many departments in the company. We are not very highly perceived, although this is not the truth. How could we improve that.
posted by amostafa10 on Apr 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Changing careers: PR edition

How do I prepare for a career in public relations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2012 - 6 answers

What just happened with this guy?

What just happened in this relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2012 - 51 answers

Tips for living with someone who has a chronic illness?

Tips for living with someone who has a chronic, serious illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 - 19 answers

Making Room for Baby Weight

Please hope me prepare for pregnancy this year. 36 years old, 40lbs overweight. I know I need to lose weight, but I'd also like to start trying sooner rather than later because of my age. I know there are no quick fixes, but I still want one. [more inside]
posted by heffalump on Feb 26, 2012 - 34 answers

Please help me deal with a flaky business co-founder.

Please help me deal with a flaky business co-founder. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Jan 23, 2012 - 14 answers

Boyfriend And I Don't Have Sex

My boyfriend and I have been together for 3 years. We are happy and are sexually active, but we just don't have sex. I know that everybody does it at any age now, and that everywhere you turn, you are somehow reminded of it, but is that so bad? Basically, when we first got together, everything was (of course) perfect. He was a virgin but I wasn't, and he knew that. I liked the fact that we had a lot of sexual tension but that he didn't ever pressure me to do anything I didn't want to. Basically, he wanted me to make the shots. And I feel almost like it's still that way now. [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo on Nov 29, 2011 - 29 answers

What is wrong with my nephew?

I am concerned about my nephew's strange behavior. He paces a lot, is extremely antisocial, and exhibits other odd behavior. [more inside]
posted by ElizabethEllis on Nov 27, 2011 - 38 answers

I may have killed my friend's pet.

Babysitting friend's budgie and let it out to have a fly. It hit a wall and fell to the ground beside my dog who promptly scooped him up but dropped him immediately when I yelled at him. I rushed him to an avian vet. The bird is in shock and in "critical" condition. Oh, please help. Vet expenses are going to be $400 and I don't even know if the bird will make it. But I don't care about the money. I care about my friend and my friendship with her. [more inside]
posted by heffalump on Nov 21, 2011 - 36 answers

How to properly thank a friend

How to thank someone? [more inside]
posted by roxiesmom on Nov 12, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I stop my mattress from reeking?

Removing Beer on Mattress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 - 5 answers

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