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How to be more confident and less socially anxious?

Hello All, I seem be having some low-self esteem issues lately, especially with expressing a fierce opinion, sharing my beliefs, and sharing/explaining my hobbies to others. I have such a difficult time warming up to strangers, that I will excessively worry that I'm not interesting, exciting, and vibrant enough -- I'll shut down and become aloof. I have become withdrawn and reserved -- how can I open up and gain some confidence? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Oct 21, 2016 - 6 answers

saying no to philanthropy?

I had a great-paying job in fundraising but the job was insanely emotionally over the top and I found myself running away after 18 months and now work in the private sector as a business development director. I donate money to charity and it has created a major dilemma that I can't figure out how to solve. Can you give me some advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Coping with being friend-dumped in the age of social media :(

This question contains ongoing millennial grief about being friend-dumped in the age of social media! It's been over a year, I made it so I can't see her Facebook anymore which is great and everything was going perfectly, and I was totally over it. But now she's popped up on my Instagram feed, and it's making me upset all over again. I need some healthy mechanisms to deal with this! Please help! Lots of special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Oct 12, 2016 - 9 answers

How do I find confidence in identity?

This is a super deep question about identity and self-esteem and social anxiety but it's something that I can't stop thinking or understanding lately and I feel like the answer is what I need to achieve some sort of happiness or stability in my life. [more inside]
posted by oracleia on Oct 6, 2016 - 16 answers

Help mediating sibling spats?

My (possibly-autism-spectrum) three-year-old and his 14-month-old brother are at the stage where nearly every interaction breaks down at some point. I’m looking for some tools for how to deal with some of the typical scenarios that arise. [more inside]
posted by forza on Oct 1, 2016 - 23 answers

How do I connect with people, myself/find people to connect with?

For a long time I haven't really been close with anyone. I don't really have anyone I would consider a close friend even though there are probably people who would consider me their close friend. I feel like I can't find people who I can relate to or feel comfortable with. Most of the people I hang out with are by default; they are old friends who I fell out of touch with but then moved in with recently so I often hang out with them and their friends. I try to make it work, but inside I just don't feel the connection or desire to be truly close. They are all extremely into music and the arts. I used to be more like this but feel like I'm desiring a different lifestyle. (Though I still appreciate music and arts and do enjoy some of the company) [more inside]
posted by oracleia on Sep 25, 2016 - 5 answers

How can an introvert psych herself up to do something social?

I generally enjoy social gatherings and parties when I attend them but as an introvert, I often get cold feet at the last minute and end up not going. What kinds of affirmations and strategies can I use to get through this? [more inside]
posted by armadillo1224 on Sep 24, 2016 - 20 answers

Pattern recognition

What subculture of guys wears Hawaiian shirts and combat boots? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 17, 2016 - 31 answers

New friend who is obsessed with her health issue

New friend is obsessed with her rare health issue. I need to set some boundaries for discussions around this. Special snowflake details below :) [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Aug 28, 2016 - 18 answers

Talking to you, not at you.

After this question, I resolved to do what I could to change my situation. I'm struggling, but managing, to be less aware of my inner monologue and more focused on using new strategies for conversation. But it *is* still very much a conscious process. I feel an almost physical pressure to talk exclusively about myself, and exclusively about struggle. I have to force myself to ask follow-up questions, to laugh even when things are genuinely funny. It's so rare that the volume of my self-talk lowers and I'm able to enjoy interactions for what they are. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 27, 2016 - 13 answers

Using social media without giving up control of my (Android) phone?

I don't like the amount of access to my (Android) phone most social media apps want, so I mostly use sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, etc. through a browser, which greatly reduces their access to my identity and personal data. But the user interface for a mobile website usually sucks compared with a dedicated app. Is there a better way? Are there any good 3rd-party apps for accessing these social media sites that don't demand access to my entire phone?
posted by straight on Jul 25, 2016 - 11 answers

"Cheers" on a train: What's the deal with Maryland Commuter Rail?

I recently began taking Maryland's MARC commuter rail to and from work (Rockville-DC), and I'm noticing something I've never observed before in my years as a commuter. It seems that a lot (really, a very high percentage) of these passengers have come to know one another, and have formed little communities throughout the rail cars. From what I can gather, these people don't work together, and few if any of them socialize outside of their daily commute, but they are simply thrilled to see one another every day, and they swap stories, jokes, and affectionate barbs with one another in a way that reminds me of nothing so much as a cadre of barflies who've been regulars at the same watering hole for years (today, actually, several passengers passed around a bottle of wine). I hadn't taken regional commuter rail until recently; my commuting experiences have been limited to bus and city subway systems. At any rate, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS! [more inside]
posted by duffell on Jul 19, 2016 - 51 answers

What is a suitable alternative to Togethera?

My extended family is a large one and distributed over North America and Western Europe. Up until now we have been using Togethera as a means to share photographs and stay in informal contact. Unfortunately, Togethera have today sent out an email announcing the termination of their service. Is there an obvious alternative social network that can fill this gap? [more inside]
posted by lovelyzoo on Jul 5, 2016 - 11 answers

Why do I feel wired?

So I’m dating a great guy for about 6 weeks now and it’s going well in many ways. A few days ago he invited me to watch a movie at his sister’s. We picked up some food and went over. I met his sister and her husband, we watched a movie, then went to the kitchen area and were talking for a bit about movies. They are perfectly nice people, but I felt awkward the entire time. [more inside]
posted by LakeDream on Jun 28, 2016 - 22 answers

Medical Marijuana for Social Phobia (Strain? Form?)

I just got approved for medical marijuana and was surprised at how "wild westy" the whole field is (this is in Massachusetts, where seemingly you could go in with a stubbed toe and be approved). I'm not interested in trying to grow it on my own and so will go to a dispensary, but just was seeking recommendations on best form to take it and what strains might be expected to work best with social phobia? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Jun 25, 2016 - 10 answers

where are entrepreneurship critics?

Where are the cliques/clutches/coven of people with critical perspectives on entrepreneurship, particularly social enterprise? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Jun 21, 2016 - 5 answers

What are conversational topics that work magic as instant icebreakers?

I've recently come across an instant ice breaker that works nearly instantaneously for certain category of people. This icebreaker topic concerns asking people about their pets and it usually works like magic. Are there other topics that the hive mind has found that can act as almost instant ice breakers with people without the topic delving into personal areas that are not appropriate for, say, work, or while at a bar, or making talk with someone with whom you'd like to establish a rapport or a sense of connection? [more inside]
posted by caudal on Jun 19, 2016 - 35 answers

Dealing w/ Stalkers when trying to publicize + being a Recovering Addict

I've filed a civil harassment order against a former college professor for stalking me online regularly in the last 4 years that has started to take its toll on me. [more inside]
posted by sam3cat on Jun 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Can my cat eat this?

Okay, so Dr. Cat gets a little Kitty Kaviar every day - basically shaved bonito. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on May 26, 2016 - 11 answers

Late-twenties guy with no friends?

I'm a late-twenties guy with no friends. I feel like I need to get out of this situation somehow. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2016 - 37 answers

How do you track your potential activities so you actually do stuff?

How do you keep reminders of potential events you might want to go to, or activities you might want to participate in, so that you actually take advantage of these opportunities? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Apr 26, 2016 - 16 answers

Offline Events Growing Social Networks

I am looking for a few good examples of offline events that grow social networks, helping them build trust, recruit new users, etc. Do you have a good example you can share? Here's one I found. And I know that other brands and social networks have tried this. Thanks!
posted by quiverandquill on Apr 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Show me beautiful and radical art that I can buy!

Seeking recommendations for other artists whose work is similar to Justseeds' posters! [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Apr 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Public-radio item on business, power, & speaking up

I'm looking for a story (roughly 5 minutes) that I heard on the NPR One app a few days ago: It was about how perceived power imbalances between people at the same managerial level in an office will lead to people participating in group problem-solving to different degrees, and how to "fix" it. My googling is just turning up stories about power companies & how awful meetings are. Help? [more inside]
posted by psoas on Mar 16, 2016 - 3 answers

Social Security Deluge

My wife is turning 65 in a couple of months,, and is receiving a deluge of offers and advertisements for private companies offering drug plans, part D coverage, supplemental coverage, part B coverage, etc, etc, etc, etc. On a daily basis. It's overwhelming. How in the hell is anyone supposed to make sense of this shit and make an informed decision?
posted by pjern on Mar 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Fallen off the face of the earth

My friend has stopped communicating with everyone around them. How much should I try to get in contact? Should I leave it be? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Feb 29, 2016 - 15 answers

Three-year-old seems really unhappy

I don’t have much experience with other kids this age, but my son seems… really unhappy? And we don’t know what to do about it, if there’s anything. [more inside]
posted by forza on Feb 26, 2016 - 61 answers

Can my friend switch from SSI to social Security?

My friend, on SSI disability, is approaching retirement. She thinks, why don't I just drop one for the other? I have earned benefits; that I will soon be eligible for; why not accept? Aren't they based on the same numbers? Wouldn't my SS benefits be based on the same earnings that the SSI were? Given that I was unable to work after being disabled?
posted by ebesan on Feb 11, 2016 - 7 answers

Name of TV show about testing casino and retail security?

I know there have been a million shows like this before, but I'm looking for a particular show where a team of people were hired to test security and reveal vulnerabilities. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Jan 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Small business social networks

Where do small business owners ask for advice online? I know many use Linkedin groups. What are some of the more popular social networks for "mom and pop" business owners to ask for advice and to share? Many thanks, Zach
posted by quiverandquill on Jan 15, 2016 - 2 answers

What is Social Justice?

What is Social Justice? How would you give a brief explanation to a conservative? [more inside]
posted by DGStieber on Jan 11, 2016 - 23 answers

Which social obligation to attend?

I'm torn between conflicting events on the same night and am not sure which of two events to attend and which to cancel. Since there will be drinking at either (and I can't afford a cab or get a DD on short notice) I feel I must pick one or the other. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by MeFiMouse on Jan 9, 2016 - 41 answers

Offending People Everywhere, No Idea How

People think I'm a big b-word. I'd like to change this recurrent situation I'm finding myself in, without pandering or being manic and fake. [more inside]
posted by Avosunspin on Dec 22, 2015 - 33 answers

How can I talk more?

When I am shy, my mind goes blank and I can't keep asking questions forever, I'd like to learn to give my opinion, especially with guys I'm dating and their friends. [more inside]
posted by akita on Dec 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Socially responsible retirement

Better late than never: I'm finally starting a retirement account, probably a Roth IRA1. Social responsibility is high on my priority list. I am trying to find a relatively easy, relatively low-fee, relatively well-performing "socially responsible"2 fund I can start paying into. Where should I look for comparisons or guidance on these "socially responsible" funds? How can I get guidance on which one to choose? Direct advice, or referrals to reliable references both welcome. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Dec 7, 2015 - 9 answers

Is it a social faux paus if your bra straps fall down and are visible?

Please tell me if I have a legitimate concern or I'm just being silly. I always have an issue with my bra straps falling down in public. Today I had no problems all day and then they fell down when a male friend was over. Will he think this was me making a pass at him? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Dec 6, 2015 - 45 answers

Who are some notable examples of drastic mind changes/flips in opinion?

I'd like to interview a few people who have drastically changed their minds concerning something about which they once felt very strongly. Who are some people who have notably changed their minds or who have "flipped" on an notable issue? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Dec 4, 2015 - 39 answers

Resources for Parents with Teen Kids About To Go Online

My son is 12, and starting to participate in online communities. Right now, the only community he's interacting with is 4 friends of his from school; they play Minecraft. But I suspect this will soon change. [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Nov 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Please help me survive my first week at a new job

I love the company but my brain is torturing me with anxiety all day long [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Nov 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Need a FREE multi-social media posting and aggregator app.

I need a free Android app that will allow posting and reading to a number of social media sites. Also, some sites I have several accounts, so I need access to all of those. [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Oct 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me make my Meet-Up group Awesome!

Sooo.... I joined a Meet-Up group. The organizers stepped down a few days later, and I was the only one who offered to take over... Which means I am both a new member and now organizer of a group of 200+ expat families! I am new to MeetUp generally too. What can I do to make this MeetUp group *awesome*? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Oct 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Bad social skills

I have really bad social skills that are holding me back. And I'm tired of it. Need some guidance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2015 - 15 answers

Managing social anxiety as a parent

How do parents with anxiety protect their children from their own worries and fears? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2015 - 9 answers

Is there a professional I can see to help me make friends?

Are there therapists or such that deal with adult social problems? [more inside]
posted by manderin on Oct 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Publishing industry burnout. Where do I go from here?

I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. Difficulty level: self-employment for the past decade, entrepreneur, 40something female. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2015 - 10 answers

What's happened with my Instagram account?

i have an intentionally small bunch of followers on Instagram, and recently chose to unfollow one of them. Then I got a long list of ridiculous suggestions for new followers, the first few showing up on my homepage, which I x'd to delete. My other followers/followings are still listed as good, but I have not seen any of their posts for these 5 days, and apparently they can't see mine from yesterday. (I clicked on their names to make sure they had made some new posts.). What could be going on?
posted by mmiddle on Sep 26, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I navigate these difficult shores?

I am increasingly unhappy in my current job and in my mind have decided to exit stage left as soon as is possible. I had a recent interview which went well and there is the option to proceed to the next stage. The problem is I was asked if I would be ok with presenting to large numbers. I said yes whilst my inner voice screamed no. It was the verbalisation of my biggest desire - not the reality. I am tied up in knots deciding - what is the best thing to do? [more inside]
posted by numberstation on Aug 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Social platform based around repository of documents?

Would Ning be suitable for creating an online community based around sharing curriculum for educators of teachers? If not, what tools would be best? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jul 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Anyone have experience with a social media platform "Mass Planner"?

www.massplanner.com Googling mostly gets me info on planning a Roman Catholic service... Appears to allow for posting automation across all the major platforms, along with other bells and whistles. I can kick the tires on it and decide whether it's better or worse than Hootsuite - my major question for AskMe is - has anyone heard of it, and is it legit? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Jul 8, 2015 - 2 answers

Poor social skills filter: Can this friendship be resurrected?

I think I irreparably messed up my relationship with a close friend from the past. Is there anything else I can/should do at this point, or should I just move on? [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Jun 30, 2015 - 12 answers

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