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July 1

Blog written by a young guy whose wife died, where he travels?

CW: Suicide /// I'm trying to locate a blog or article written by a young husband. His bride dies suddenly and he decides to spend a year traveling before deciding whether or not to take his own life. I can't find it on the internet. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 8:30 AM - 0 answers

What do kids want to know about parents?

At some point kids grow out of the "teachers sleep at the school" stage and start being interested in the adults around them as people. From your memories or kids you've observed, what's particularly fascinating to them about their parents specifically, and at what age? [more inside]
posted by babelfish at 7:29 AM - 19 answers

Dealing with mental illness & financial expectations from parents

I'm 24F, and struggle with severe anxiety and PTSD. Currently in therapy, but it'll take a while for me to gain basic functionality. I graduated from college in 2020, and have been unemployed ever since (mostly due to mental illness, but also the pandemic.) My college savings are running out, so I will need to move back in with my parents in order to get back on my feet. My mom wants me to pay rent even though they're financially stable. That feels off to me, but I can't tell if that's an appropriate reaction or if I'm expecting too much here. How should I navigate this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:33 AM - 38 answers

How to deal with someone who is not dead, yet not coming back?

A person I know was arrested for a serious crime last month. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:33 AM - 3 answers

June 30

Should I try to get in touch with my son?

I haven't spoken to my 26 year old son since he was 15. Should I try to get in touch with him? Or should I just leave him alone to live his life? [more inside]
posted by Frottage Cheese at 7:25 AM - 33 answers

June 29

Moving on from a pre-move fling, with added baggage

I'm in a situation similar to this question about moving on from a fling with a departing housemate, with some added baggage. I want more granular advice than "move on," especially when it comes to my own attitude toward relationships. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:30 PM - 11 answers

My partner knowingly exposed people to covid -- How to feel about it?

My partner of two years got covid while on vacation, and her elderly mother got it too. Then they got onto a plane to fly home. This was only a day after the mother started showing symptoms, and four days after my partner did. She knows what she did is wrong, but she did it anyway. My feelings towards her have shifted, and I don't know how to deal with it. Any thoughts or advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:23 PM - 87 answers

Planning memorial service way ahead in times of COVID

How does one go about planning a memorial service for a partner when you know they're going to die (in times of COVID) but not when? [more inside]
posted by Peach at 9:42 AM - 18 answers

June 28

Why Do I Give So Much of Myself So Easily? (Possible Codependency?)

I am recently single after a 5+ year relationship. I have realized that monogamy is not for me, and have begun seeking out companionship on an app. There is one person in particular who I have fallen for emotionally, and have been giving all of myself to them (not fully reciprocated due to details inside). Why do I continue to do this with people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:06 AM - 27 answers

June 26

How do you know if someone likes you or is just being nice?

I'm not sure if he's just being nice to me or if there is something there. Snowflakes inside... [more inside]
posted by Kobayashi Maru at 9:58 AM - 22 answers

Life after divorce

I am feeling heartbroken after telling my husband I want a divorce. I told him that when I was in a different state of mind and now I'm having major regrets. He definitely does not want to get back together. [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 at 7:14 AM - 12 answers

June 25

Married managers having an affair?

I've written about Fergus before and well, here we go again. Snowflakes inside... [more inside]
posted by lawgirl at 8:29 PM - 14 answers

Reading on abuse in poly relationships

I have read many of the books people recommend on abusive relationships. But they all seem to describe a pattern of abuse that is fundamentally about monogamous relationships — separating the victim from their support structures, etc. Abuse exists in poly relationships, but it looks very different. Where is good writing on this? [more inside]
posted by wesleyac at 3:42 AM - 8 answers

Names - How to pick?

I want to change my name. (I do not need help logistically!) I have a new last name picked that feels absolutely right. How do I pick a new first name? I would specifically like advice from people who have picked a new name for themselves - for whatever reason! [more inside]
posted by Bottlecap at 1:38 AM - 12 answers

June 24

Elderly Homeless Man in Park - How to Help?

What can I do to get an elderly homeless diabetic man through this weekend with the heat expected to be brutal? He is under a shaded area in the park with a table. I am giving him ice, water and food as I can. I also gave him a battery-operated fan. I do not have a lot of resources and cannot ask him into my house due to safety and COVID plus elderly dog with health problems. Any suggestions on ways to help until I can find assistance? [more inside]
posted by narancia at 2:10 PM - 10 answers

Is there any friendly way to ask people not to keep hitting "Reply All"?

I had some family business come up related to a discovery of a distant relative. It involved providing information to an administrator and other quick back and forths. Issue is that all my relatives keep replying to everybody for the most minor of emails (e.g., "yes, I received it Mr. Administrator," "Just wanted to thank you for your help, Mr. Administrator") and it's swamping my inbox I usually reserve for critical communications. Is there any way to ask people to restrain themselves without dampening the overall positive vibe surrounding the discovery?
posted by Jon44 at 6:28 AM - 13 answers

SSRI v. Wellbutrin

I've recently gone back on SSRIs, specifically Sertraline (Zoloft in the U.S, I believe). I've taken them before and they've been great in some ways, however the numbing, apathetic effect is not ideal and I was wondering if anyone had any comparative experience with Wellbutrin or a non SSRI? I'm not looking for medical advice, just want to hear your personal experiences. [more inside]
posted by Sunflower88 at 1:08 AM - 26 answers

June 23

please help me figure out how to have this horrible conversation

I need to have an awkward AF conversation with a member of my band, and it's making me anxious and breaking my heart. I'm looking for scripts to make this easier, and also maybe ways to make me feel better about it in general. [more inside]
posted by nayantara at 3:39 PM - 27 answers

Resources for why denying gender-affirming care is child abuse?

I (trans man) have been asked by a couple of cis people to explain the problem with the Texas/Florida laws surrounding gender-affirming care for kids. I tend to answer fairly forcefully, that denying trans kids gender-affirming care is a form of child abuse. There are lots of resources online that aren't this strong. What are your favorite resources on this topic for people to read? Do you have any that are similarly strongly worded? [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle at 1:59 PM - 16 answers

Handling grocery shopping when depressed

I'm currently in a depressive episode, and can't find the energy to go to the store. I would order food online, but that whole process makes me so anxious I freeze and don't go through with it. How should I get groceries? [more inside]
posted by runnerfive at 9:17 AM - 23 answers

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