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Is it weird/creepy to attempt friendship with a one off acquaintance?

Recently I had to take my car in for repairs. I visited the shop for an estimate, spoke on the phone to the receptionist and dealt with her when dropping off my car and picking up the courtesy car. Not only was she very helpful in providing me with some information I needed (a previous shop I went to weren't helpful at all) but she was fun to interact with. She and I seemed to hit it off and chatted each time for a few minutes, about the car and also about some other random topics. After interacting with her I just felt like I wished she was my friend. The converation was light and fun and I think we share a sense of humor. Just to provide some more information: I'm a female in my early 40s and I think she is maybe late 40s. [more inside]
posted by thegoldfish on Dec 18, 2014 - 25 answers

I don't enjoy hanging out with women.

I AM a woman. I don't generally like hanging out with women. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Dec 31, 2013 - 75 answers

My friend is befriending a rapist. What do I do about it?

How do I advise my (male) friend whose social circle is intersecting with a rapist? Seeking resources as well as advice. [Trigger warning] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2013 - 45 answers

Help me tell my BFF to shut up, in the nicest of ways.

My best friend is dating a new guy and is currently in the "floating in the clouds" stage. He's all that she talks about, texts me about, emails me about, mentions, quotes, you name it. I'm happy for her, but I am quickly reaching "who cares" stage. She does this with everyone she dates, but this guy might become permanent, so I'm not brushing it off as "just wait until this passes". How can I politely tell her that we need to have conversations about OTHER THINGS? She can be very sensitive, and I don't want her to feel that I am not interested in the relationship or not happy for her. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by ElectricGoat on Apr 28, 2013 - 26 answers

I promise I don't bite . . .

What causes social rejection absent a glaring personality flaw? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Apr 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Social Math: 1+1=/=1

Suggestions for nice things to do for the couples who are nice to you (especially when you're single and kind of broke)? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Apr 3, 2013 - 18 answers

...Why am I so antisocial?

Is it wrong for me to not want any friends, or will it destroy me in the long run? [more inside]
posted by orchidgenes on Dec 27, 2012 - 21 answers

Help a loner rejoin the herd!

How do I integrate myself into a social circle when I don't have a social circle? [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Apr 26, 2012 - 36 answers

Do people prone to depression and similar illnesses tend to (unwittingly?) form social groups together?

Do people prone to depression and similar illnesses tend to (unwittingly?) form social groups together? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 - 6 answers

One sided friendship, or poor social skills?

I'm having a hard time trying to figure out if a new friendship is one sided and should be tossed, or if I'm just not presenting myself well. [more inside]
posted by Zapak on Mar 10, 2012 - 20 answers

I can't respond to your 3000 messages

TL;dr, I have a very clingy friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2011 - 24 answers

Am I being oversensitive?

Do people (especially men) tend to assume that a newly single woman of >45 must be desperate for a new partner, or am I misinterpreting normal conversational gambits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 - 32 answers

Should I keep my mouth shut?

Is there anything I can say to discourage my socially-anxious friend from giving pedantic lectures? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 - 26 answers

Building Communities As Alternative Lifestyles

For a long time now I've been aching to feel part of a larger community. Have you ever felt this way? How did you handle it? Have you ever built or been a part of a tight-knit social circle or community that lasted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 - 29 answers

From One Many

How to I do effectively go from being a few friends person to being a many friends person? For most of my life I was the kind of person who had a small, intense circle of friendship and now I have a much larger and less focused social sphere - and I'm having trouble managing it and making sure I spending enough time with people - not feeling guilty about not seeing people for weeks - having people who are friendly but not your super duper friends - and just dealing with suddenly having a much, much larger social world when you're used to a private, focused one.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Making friends in Melbourne

I'm an American guy in my mid-late twenties living in Melbourne, Australia for (at least) the next eight months. My social life was quite exciting when I first moved here during late summer, but lately it feels a bit stagnant at times. I'm looking for ideas of activities to get involved with, to make use of my free time and help me connect with new people (friends of both sexes, plus THE LADIES). [more inside]
posted by adamk on Jul 25, 2010 - 8 answers

More social awkwardness!

How do you grieve a friendship breakup when you work with the person? And how do you then get over the chronic hopelessness with being lonely? [more inside]
posted by bookwibble on May 19, 2010 - 13 answers

How to express condolences with estranged neighbor?

Our somewhat estranged neighbors just lost their 19 y/o son in a tragic accident. How do we communicate our sympathies? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Sep 12, 2009 - 28 answers

Happy birthday to me?

Is it weird to invite acquaintances/coworkers out for drinks after work to celebrate your own birthday? Is it a fairly accepted, normal thing to do, or is it likely to set off the "she's strange and/or desperate!" alarm bells? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Jan 22, 2009 - 32 answers

I don't want my courage to come from a bottle

Since the beginning of the year, I've begun binge drinking in social situations to loosen up. What can I do that will help me get over my anxieties and not have to depend on a bottle to make me talkative and fun? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2009 - 21 answers

Help me build a better social real-life network in 2009 !

My new year resolution is to do more/better real-life networking : more/better acquaintances, more/better friends, more/better relationships. I need tips and tricks on how to get a generous-sized addres book and an improved social life and what to do once I meet these potential new friends. [more inside]
posted by Baud on Dec 25, 2008 - 8 answers

How Do You Make Friends From Strangers?

You've moved to a town very remote from any of your established social circles: you have no best nor casual friends nor any romantic relationships. You go into one or more meetings of utter strangers with whom you know you share some common interest (OneBrick, a Mefi meetup, a Meetup.Com thing, or something else entirely). What do you do — specifically, pretend I've got Asperger's here (no offense to those who do) — to take things from the level of "just an amiable conversation" to an actual friendship? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Sep 25, 2008 - 27 answers

I need a new social life, pronto.

My social life is falling apart and I don't know what to do to fix it. [more inside]
posted by als129 on Jul 7, 2008 - 17 answers

I find it hard to maintain friendships with women

I find it hard to maintain friendships with women. What's up with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2008 - 52 answers

Do you want to be my friend? Check yes or no.

Some friends of a friend don't seem to want to know me. At all. Which makes for some really uncomfortable get-togethers. Looking for suggestions on the best way to deal. [more inside]
posted by Ruby Doomsday on Mar 17, 2008 - 37 answers

Have I destroyed a friendship?

Is my friend being petty, or should I try harder to patch this up? Long explanation... [more inside]
posted by Ruby Doomsday on Oct 29, 2007 - 73 answers

I like you. Do you want to hang out?

What makes people interested in each other, friendship-wise and hanging-out-wise? [more inside]
posted by DarkForest on Jul 10, 2007 - 31 answers

Skill with people

I am a 49 year old man, and I have no close friends. Over the course of my life I’ve had a few friends at a time, but no close ones. The reasons are mysterious to me: I make a conscientious effort to be friendly and interested in others and to be trustworthy. Nonetheless, I am almost always on the social periphery. [more inside]
posted by peabody on Jul 29, 2006 - 40 answers

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