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Repetitive words and phrases irrationally irritate me. Why?

Repetitive words or phrases irritate me way beyond all rational explanation. Can you help me understand why? [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ on Sep 13, 2016 - 13 answers

Alternative to Onions

I thought ferreting out hidden dairy in products was bad. Onions are worse. I know there are whole groups of foods and recipes I can do up sans onions but how can I fix my favorite foods without onions. [more inside]
posted by tilde on Aug 3, 2016 - 27 answers

How to cope with office life for the highly sensitive person?

I've begun working as an assistant in an office after years of telecommute work, and very familiar, frustrating feelings have come flooding back. I am a Highly Sensitive Person and this whole week, I spend a ton of mental energy being on all day at work, beginning with an anxious morning routine where I struggle to even get everything done. Then, when I leave work, I come home and basically sit on my couch all night and do nothing, then repeat the cycle. How can I learn to cope? [more inside]
posted by Fire on Apr 27, 2016 - 22 answers

Friend didn't like a book I gifted... why am I so upset?

I recently gave a book to a friend for her birthday, she seemed happy, all was well. I later asked her how she liked it; turns out she couldn't get into it and ended up stopping halfway through. I was much more hurt by this admission than I feel I should have been. If someone doesn't like something I'm sharing with them, I often feel personally offended/rejected and have no clue why. How can I not feel so disappointed if my gifts aren't as well-received as I hoped they would be? [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Jan 13, 2016 - 35 answers

Ethical interracial adoption by the child of an interracial adoptee

I am the child of an adoptee, the birth mother of whom is non-white. Now I'm planning to be an adopter, most probably of a child who is also non-white. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2015 - 11 answers

But....but....mac and cheese?!?!?!?

Gluten and dairy sensitivity: Kids edition [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Apr 28, 2015 - 31 answers

Noise is bad and scary! Toddler version

My otherwise healthy and happy 2-year-old is extremely frightened by noises of all sorts. The list includes dogs barking, cows mooing, chainsaws, the big bucket of water at the swimming pool, diggers, distant freight trains, vacuums, the popcorn popper, etc. This is really affecting his quality of life, and we're not sure how best to deal with it. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by forza on Feb 5, 2015 - 30 answers

Help me manage my growing sensitivity to fragrance

I've gotten increasingly sensitive to fragrance over the past couple of years, and it's starting to cause me real problems. Whenever I smell Febreze or anything with a very strong fragrance, my throat closes up, I can "taste" the smell, I sneeze and my nose runs, my eyes water, and I get a migraine that can incapacitate me for hours. I need to be able to function while travelling for my work: please help me figure out how to handle this. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Oct 23, 2014 - 16 answers

How do gf and I deal with different approaches to irritation and anger?

Our relationship is mostly great, but we disagree about the appropriateness of expressing irritation and anger at your partner. She can be outbursty, and I can be over-sensitive, so we might bicker, and then fight about the fighting, and we're trying to break the cycle. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2014 - 55 answers

My son is panicking about learning to swim. Help?

My kids are going to a day camp for the first time this summer. They're scheduled to swim twice a day, but my son has been refusing to go into the pool and panicking when the counselors try to encourage him into the water. How can we convince him the pool is fun, safe and comfortable? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 11, 2014 - 43 answers

Travel Tips Mexico, Trinidad

Mexico City Hotel? Trinidadian Fashion? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Jul 2, 2014 - 2 answers

What specifically am I sensitive to?

After having to leave a meeting due to someone elses perfume, I would love to know what chemical it is in scented products that I am sensitive to. Can we narrow it down some? Details of reaction inside. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Apr 2, 2014 - 7 answers

NYC subway trains stink, mold?

I feel sick every time I get on to nyc subway trains. The N train is constantly stinky like urine and mcdonalds and feet, that triggered my multiple chemical sensitivity badly. I noticed 7 train usually have very fresh air which does not trigger my symptoms, as well as #6 train. R train is much better than N train, and E train is much better than F train. I want to know what caused these nasty stinky trains? Are all odor caused by mold? Btw: I can't tolerate PATH smell as well. I'm so confused people in these trains seem do not feel anything. Any information or comment are welcome.
posted by pack2themoon on Dec 19, 2013 - 11 answers

Do food sensitivities get worse if you remove the culprit from your diet

Over the last few months I have developed a food sensitivity (I believe the culprit is rice). It is merely annoying at the moment, but I was wondering what happens when you remove an item to which you are sensitive from your diet? Generally speaking, does your sensitivity get worse? [more inside]
posted by baniak on Dec 18, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I stop myself being so sensitive to violent scenes?

Violent or humiliating scenes in films, TV shows, books, news and just things I see and hear day-to-day really upset me, to the point where I can't even cope with seeing them without feeling traumatised. It feels like this is a problem in my life - but I've always been this way and can't seem to desensitise myself. How do I stop being so over-sensitive? [Much, much, much more inside - sorry x] [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Nov 19, 2013 - 36 answers

one tooth, one paranoid me

My upper left front tooth had a filling back in late March. The dentist was perplexed as to why I'd have a cavity there-- she said it's a very accessible place (brush 3 times, floss twice a day. Never miss). After the filling the tooth was a tad sensitive for a day and then all was fine. In the last month or so, I some times get a "cold sensation" in the area of that tooth but couldn't pin it down but I think it came from the filled tooth. It just feels like a cold feeling from the inside. Then this morning I got a stronger "cold feeling" in that tooth after taking a sip of warm coffee. Should I go back to the dentist? I am very worried. I don't want this to turn into something worse. In the mean time, just seeing the dentist cost a lot of money. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Jul 18, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I handle unnecessary guilt from coworkers?

My job involves many roles, one of which is IT support, at a medium-sized business. Even though this part of my work only takes up about 33% of my working hours, the negativity surrounding it is making my job a living hell. [more inside]
posted by daisies on May 20, 2013 - 48 answers

How to deal with frustration toward a very sensitive and anxious friend

I have a friend who gets extremely sensitive and anxious outside her comfort zone. Sometimes it gets to be too much for me. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by Sock of Silliness on Jan 28, 2013 - 44 answers

Dealing with casual bullying/racism at work?

I'd appreciate your advice on dealing with what seems to me racist joking/bantering at work -- particularly when it's directed at me. This is my first white-collar job since moving to North America, and I think this kind of "joking around" is unacceptable but this office's culture seems to tolerate it. [more inside]
posted by papafrita on Jan 27, 2013 - 32 answers

A Model AskMetafilter Post

When did people stop using the term "model minority"? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Jan 27, 2013 - 27 answers

Lower... lower... higher... left... OTHER left... MY left... lower...

Random thought/Someone must have made this question: Anyone know of an online site that allows you to map out areas on a (3D or 2D) human model as "hot" or "cold"? I'm thinking of something that would allow people to map out their erogenous zones as they know them or discover them. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Nov 28, 2012 - 1 answer

"difficulty tolerating everyday sounds" is putting it mildly

Anyone else with hyperacusis ? Yesterday, I described something I though was just lack-of-sleep induced ear sensitivity and learned I was instead suffering from hyperacusia. (previously) [more inside]
posted by Baud on Nov 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Chicken thighs, you are so tasty, but I will regret this later!

Why does (dark) chicken meat sometimes (but not always) make me feel ill? Slightly TMI descriptions inside. [more inside]
posted by wholebroad on Jul 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Extreme sensitivity

Anyone else extremely annoyed by anything touching their neck? Can this be overcome? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jun 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Dentist filter: dull ache when biting on one tooth!

dentist filter: I have a tooth (upper right molar, second to the last one) that occasionally have a dull pain when I bite on it. It usually happens when I am tired, i.e. when I am sleep deprived. I had a dental cleaning/checkup on Jan. 13, and the dentist didn't say anything. I am out of the country now and have no access to any dentist, and I am really worried. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Feb 6, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I get over my sensitivity to people's tics?

Help me understand and get over my extreme repulsion to certain human sounds. [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Feb 6, 2012 - 26 answers

Sensitivity to temperature change?

Why do my hands swell when going from cool to warm temperature? [more inside]
posted by sallyseashore on Oct 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Can a hypersensitive person grow a thick skin?

Is it possible to grow a thick (emotional) skin? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Sep 18, 2011 - 21 answers

Stop annoying me, you nice competent person!

I work closely with another girl who is very kind, helpful, and talented at her job. She is also highly sensitive and neurotic to the point where I become annoyed and exhausted after working with her for fifteen minutes. Help me make the best of this work relationship. [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove on Jul 16, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I handle alcohol without throwing up?

I have trouble ingesting small amounts of alcohol (a few shots), what can I do to make my stomach cooperate so that I can drink the odd time when I go out with friends? [more inside]
posted by Dmac_rocker on Apr 5, 2011 - 33 answers

Color Sensitivity

What is "color sensitivity", in the context of it being a symptom of hypothyroidism? It appears on this list of symptoms, but I can't find anything else that will tell me how someone with hypothyroidism might experience color sensitivity. [more inside]
posted by amethysts on Mar 26, 2011 - 7 answers

How long, o lord?

Going gluten free: how long to really tell a difference, if gluten intolerance is really a problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2011 - 17 answers

Eggs, why do you taunt me so?

Why do eggs give me a stomachache...but only sometimes? [more inside]
posted by the_blizz on Aug 21, 2010 - 17 answers

How to deal with unbridled and unwarranted hate towards me?

How can I grow a thicker skin and deal with internet hate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2010 - 36 answers

How do I deal with careless ‘rape’ remarks?

How do I deal with careless ‘rape’ remarks? I am the original submitter of this anonymous AskMe post about disclosing my rape to an organization. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2010 - 59 answers

Crying after Sex

I usually cry the first time I have sex with someone. Does anyone have explanations for/experience with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2010 - 17 answers

Should I replace my composite filling?

Should I ask my dentist to replace my composite (white) filling with something stronger, so my chewing sensitivity is eliminated? [more inside]
posted by blake137 on May 28, 2010 - 13 answers

Severe child sensitivity

I have no idea how to discipline my 3 year old's particular sensitivity. [more inside]
posted by esereth on Apr 28, 2010 - 35 answers

Emotion Regulation at the Movies

I have overly intense emotional reactions to literature, films, & TV shows. Please help me enjoy art like a normal person again. [more inside]
posted by granted on Apr 26, 2010 - 15 answers

An Inconvenient Tooth

My jaw muscles and cheeks have been getting progressively tighter and more painful for weeks now. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Jan 7, 2010 - 13 answers

Perfume sensitivity

What is in Women's Colognes [more inside]
posted by PJSibling on Dec 9, 2009 - 10 answers

Hell is thinking about other people.

Since childhood I've been a rather sensitive and justice-obsessed person, but also pretty interested in / attentive to the well-being and inner lives of other people. But I feel increasingly drained. In my field of work there is a lot of getting-ahead through nepotism/ingratiation rather than ability/ passion/effort, and it bothers me. In my life I have people whom I generally like and have opened up to, but who, at critical junctures, exhibit such self-absorption that I'm left feeling not only outraged but injured. I want to change the intensity and duration of my reaction to these things, as it's a huge waste of time, and sometimes upsets my own self-esteem. Please help me stop thinking about other people without becoming alienated and alienating.
posted by taramosalata on Nov 18, 2009 - 9 answers

How can I stop being so sensitive?

I'd like to be less sensitive to rejection, as well as situations that aren't actually rejection but that I take as such. I've had social anxiety for as long as I can remember (I'm nineteen), and I have only come out of my shell in the last few months. Because of this, I'm incredibly sensitive to what others may think of me, since I've never really had friends and don't want people to dislike me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 - 23 answers

Help a fussy, picky dresser look better.

I'm embarrassed by the way my husband dresses. He says he wants to dress better, but that he "physically can't". [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2009 - 62 answers

Porcelain or MetalFilter

How bad is tooth sensitivity from gold inlays? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Sep 11, 2009 - 14 answers

Is the girlfriend too sensitive?

Why wasn't I invited on this fishing trip? [more inside]
posted by wv kay in ga on Sep 8, 2009 - 29 answers

Phantom "green" smells.

Am I overly sensitive to a "green" chemical? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Oct 20, 2008 - 12 answers

How do I re-desensitize myself to violence?

Last fall I served on a jury for a six week murder trial, now I can’t watch scary stuff on my TV. [more inside]
posted by quarterframer on Feb 29, 2008 - 32 answers

I'm just too scentsitive.

Who has a sense of smell as strong as mine? No one nose! Please help me. [more inside]
posted by susiepie on Jan 31, 2008 - 28 answers

Sense of touch too sensitive?

Why does rubbing my hands on clothing cause tooth discomfort? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID on Dec 23, 2007 - 3 answers

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