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social worker vs. elementary school teacher

How would you compare a career in social work with elementary school teaching? Given that underlying values overlap so much, how might you decide which would spark more passion, happiness, and success? (Not that any career is perfect.) [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Nov 22, 2012 - 12 answers

From Jerk to Justice League: How to be a leader, not a whiner? (Grad School Style)

From Jerk to Justice League: How to be a leader, not a whiner? [more inside]
posted by celare on Nov 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Best way to build a social network in a new place?

I'm moving to a new city. How can I best build a social network - and what can I do before I get there? [more inside]
posted by Ashlyth on Nov 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Should I apply to MSW programs now or later?

Do I have an appropriate background for admissions to an MSW program? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2012 - 10 answers

"I wouldn't miss it" won't work either...

Introvert needs help with social niceties at a funeral. [more inside]
posted by miaou on Oct 24, 2012 - 16 answers

How to get over being insulted (if I was?)

I'm wondering if I'm being too sensitive regarding a perceived slight from one of my friends at a party? I have a mild case of social anxiety which may be exacerbating this. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2012 - 23 answers

Crawling back up the ladder.

New to PhD candidacy and tanking fast - academics of MeFi, help me figure out how to get through this mess. [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Oct 17, 2012 - 21 answers

Can corporations provide the same social safety net as charities and the government?

Someone made a comment on the blue recently about "this is what happens when private companies are put in charge of" some sort of social service and it got me thinking. I'm interested in any recent books or articles that give a good account of what goes right or wrong when private enterprise provides social services that charities and government-funded programs currently provide. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Oct 15, 2012 - 17 answers

Theorizing Facebook

Could you point me in the direction of interesting scholarly work being done on social networking sites, especially Facebook? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Oct 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Building an alumni network

Does your High School have a fun and effective way of staying in touch with the alumni? How do they do it? Class agents?, Mass emails?, Facebook groups?, Annual events?, Online or hard publications? I am looking for your advice and ideas. [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic on Oct 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Social anxiety and addiction

Is it common when trying cognitive behavioral therapy for you to become more anxious when challenging your thoughts? Does cognitive behavioral therapy work for drug addicts? I have been a drug addict, and I have been trying CBT and sometimes I feel like I will always feel like this because I dont have something in my system. I have bad Social anxiety when i try to talk to people. It happens almost everyday. I hope CBT will eventually help, but I do not know if this is just the way I am because of a lack of dopamine in my system?
posted by Truts83 on Oct 8, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I pass as a normal person?

Pretending to be normal. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Oct 5, 2012 - 28 answers

How do I make friends without creeping them out?

How to make new friends: socially awkward version. Or, have I slipped up here? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Oct 2, 2012 - 22 answers

I want to be social and have fun. What do I do?

I feel like I've tried the usual suggestions...I'm looking for more ways to "get out there", meet new people and have fun. [more inside]
posted by allseeingabstract on Sep 26, 2012 - 29 answers

Looking for social drm solutions providers for epubs?

Looking for Social DRM solutions/prorgram providers for epubs. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito on Sep 24, 2012 - 12 answers

How to charge acquaintances for domain name and social media help?

I want to offer to handle a few acquaintances' domain management and some basic social media presence stuff, as they've offered to pay me to do it. Can I just do things in my name and have them pay me directly? I am a complete newbie to being paid for this, and I just want to see if I should look into anything. [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow on Sep 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Give Tweets a Chance

How the heck do I re-enable Twitter on my Facebook friend feed? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Sep 10, 2012 - 1 answer

Is my life FUBAR?

I've done absolutely nothing since graduating college in May 2011 due to social anxiety and other issues. The months seem to go by quicker and quicker. What should I do? I apologize in advance that my question is not that well organized. [more inside]
posted by theshire on Sep 4, 2012 - 18 answers

Dating, for a messed up obese guy

I was (am?) socially broken, and had (have?) crippled my self-confidence, as well as my body. Help me fix me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2012 - 31 answers

Seeking Info on Best Practices for increasing quality of life for rural low income families

I'm looking for Best Practices worldwide for improving conditions for low-income families. Do any of you know of organizations with available data on specific ways that their programs have increased opportunities and quality of life for low income children and families? [more inside]
posted by ridingtheranges on Aug 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Social Anxiety - Best prescription for you?

For those of you with true social anxiety or generalized anxiety, what prescription drug worked the best for you with the fewest side effects? How much better did you feel on a daily basis, and were the side effects worth it?
posted by denverco on Aug 20, 2012 - 31 answers

How the hell do I teach sixth grade social studies?

How the hell do I teach sixth grade social studies? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Aug 16, 2012 - 25 answers

Moving away to university in September. What can I do to meet people, and improve my abysmal social life, confidence, and interpersonal skills?

Moving away to university in September. What can I do to meet people, and improve my abysmal social life, confidence, and interpersonal skills? [more inside]
posted by Snorlax on Aug 15, 2012 - 20 answers

Do people marry someone similar?

My friend has heard that people marry those who are similar to themselves (in looks, age, social class, education etc). He worries this will rule out all the "good" women. Help me advise him how marriages really work. [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Aug 15, 2012 - 36 answers

Help me network a little less awkwardly (what to do with my ham hands?)

I am in between jobs, just moved to a new market and have been advised my alma mater's career counselor to set up coffee dates with alums who are working at places that I am targeting. How can I go about doing this in a way that balances networking etiquette and making the most out of these meetings? [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on Aug 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Does Facebook publish photo upload statistics?

Does Facebook publish statistics? I'm specifically interested in statistics about photo uploads and camera metadata / popularity. [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Aug 2, 2012 - 1 answer

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

Social Media Monitoring

Please reccomend Social Media Monitoring software or services. [more inside]
posted by signal on Jul 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Why am I always uncomfortable around people?

Why am I always uncomfortable around people? What the hell is wrong with me, mentally? *Warning* LONG LONG LONG READ, but probably interesting?* [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2012 - 25 answers

How to be more social ???

Any tips on being more social ? Lately, I have noticed that I am becoming more and more intraverted, whenever an activity comes up where other people I know will be there , I automatically start thinking of the reasons why it's not worth going or how it might go wrong. I don't like this new frame of mind , but at the same time I never feel bored or anxious to do anything else when Im by myself , or with my gf. Any tips on changing my intraverted ways ??
posted by sea turtle on Jul 9, 2012 - 9 answers

I'm always the last to know about get-togethers with my friends

I've noticed lately that some new friends I've met last year via a social anxiety meetup group make plans for getting together amongst themselves and then inform me at the last minute, after all the plans have been made. This bothers me and I don't know why it's happening. Any insights on what I could do to handle it without sounding like a whiny child? [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Jul 4, 2012 - 23 answers

Book suggestions on social skills and networking.

Hello Mefites, I'd like some suggestions for books on social skills and networking in order to get ahead professionally(and also on the personal front). Books with a Kindle edition would be a bonus. Thanks a lot!
posted by synapse2512 on Jul 2, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I interact with an adult who may have Asperger's in a way that makes them feel comfortable?

How do I interact with an adult brother of my girlfriend I am meeting for the first time... who may have Asperger's/autism spectrum...... in a way that makes them feel comfortable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 - 18 answers

Should I date now, or wait until some life improvements I'm working on come to fruition?

For the first time in my life, I feel confident enough to start dating. Thing is, my life situation isn't great at the moment, but should hopefully be better in the next 3-6 months. Should I actually start, or hold off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2012 - 23 answers

Looking for non-religious volunteer work in the Pittsburgh area

What kinds of volunteer work could I do that might give opportunities to get to know others, particularly in the Pittsburgh area? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Jun 4, 2012 - 10 answers

What's the best situation for my sensitive kid?

My 8 year old daughter is a highly sensitive introvert who needs social skills. What kind of atmosphere or school or activities would benefit her? [more inside]
posted by biscuits on May 26, 2012 - 44 answers

That quiet guy at work...

My introversion is causing some friction in the workplace. How do I address it? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on May 16, 2012 - 21 answers

How do I fix my social reputation at work?

What would you suggest for improved social skills, fitting in, decreased awkwardness, and undoing a reputation for being annoying at work? I'd especially love help for nerds with social anxiety who need to fit in with mainstreamy socialite sorts of people. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2012 - 20 answers

This won't end well and it's really not helping anyone

I believe that my parents are about to make a terrible financial mistake by purchasing a house for my sister. When I bring up my objections, they assume it is because I am jealous and they get defensive. How can I express my concerns in a way in which they will listen, and not just brush my concerns off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2012 - 33 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

Help a high school junior get a social life

I am a high school junior who is growing unsatisfied with his social life. How can I meet people outside of school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2012 - 20 answers

Why am I such a poor conversationalist, and how to improve?

Why do I repeat myself instead of explaining or describing what I mean in real-life conversation? When people have acknowledged my statement, why do I keep going with it at all, much less repeat almost the exact same phrasing? Why do I have so much trouble maintaining continuity in a topic? I am a dreadful conversationalist- this must be really irritating to others, but half the time I don't even realize that I'm doing it. How can I stop? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Apr 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Cinderella goes to the ball...

Ritzy-ditzy gala, need a dress [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Apr 11, 2012 - 24 answers

Auto-aggregating homepage?

I have a Wordpress blog as my "homepage". I barely use it, because it has been almost entirely supplanted by Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. However I still have a need for a homepage, if only to have somewhere to quickly point people to the aforementioned external services, and maybe a place to stick a link to my Amazon wish list, for example. Is there a service which will auto-agregate content from Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc. and create a nice friendly page to show technophobic family members? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Apr 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Senior home in India

How to start an old age home for seniors in India? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Apr 3, 2012 - 6 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

Me : Extrovert. She : Introvert. Can this relationship survive? Should it?

Me : Extrovert. She : Introvert. Can this relationship survive? Should it? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Mar 28, 2012 - 67 answers

You "like" this but what do you really think?

Are email lists for group discussion dead? If you were starting a new group -- for networking or to talk about a local issue -- what would you use to bring people together online? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Mar 27, 2012 - 15 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

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

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