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November 14

Sins of Our Fathers

I'm having trouble with my feelings towards my parents and am wondering how to proceed. My relationship with them is very strained. [more inside]
posted by AlexandriaParis at 8:18 AM - 11 answers

Love in the Age of a Thesis Submission

How can I prevent a new relationship from being stillborn when grad school gets in the way? [more inside]
posted by radiantsquirrel at 7:14 AM - 13 answers

help me fix myself

I feel there are some areas of my life where my learned modes of behaviour, ways of thought etc are holding me back from achieving what I would like. What's the best way to go about seeking help for this sort of thing? Self-help books? Therapy (and if so, what sort)? Life coaching? More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 7:05 AM - 4 answers

asking for friend: how to tell parent about relationship

One of my closest friends has just gotten to the point with her boyfriend where they have begun to discuss marriage. As of now, their tentative plan is to move in together next year, see how cohabitation works, and if it does, they will get married. Yay! All good, right? Wrong.
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posted by thereemix at 1:56 AM - 22 answers

November 13

How can I chill and accept the slight grossness of my human loved ones?

Ever since I was kid, I've been very easily irritated by the physical habits of other people I'm close to and whom I actually love very much - my mom eating with her mouth open, my dad making a mess in the bathroom, my partner not washing his hands before he prepares a meal, my brother sneezing into his hand, my best friend clearing her throat because she has a cold. [more inside]
posted by Brain Sturgeon at 8:36 PM - 22 answers

What to do about this friendship?

I have a friend i don't really feel comfortable spending time with much anymore. Is this worth trying to "fix" or should I just let the friendship go? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 6:08 PM - 11 answers

Should I lie about my appointment and the results - temporarily

I am back 5 years later with another relationship question. I had an OB/GYN appointment today where they found what may be ovarian cancer. The doc can't be sure whether this is accurate or not without running a blood test (results should be available tomorrow). I am waffling back and forth about whether to tell my husband about what news I got. I don't want to create a cancer scare when it may turn out that I just need to have surgery to remove an ovary. (I get that this isn't like getting stitches either [more inside]
posted by it's always too late at 3:32 PM - 25 answers

November 12

healing words, absolving words, which words, and does it matter

My father responded to my request to end our communication with a pithy, sweet response. I don't think he's going to do the difficult work of an apology ever, despite his benign acknowledgment. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by Sock Meets Body at 3:05 PM - 23 answers

I just don't know how to socialise! And my life sucks because of it!

Help! I just do not know or understand how to socialise to an acceptable level. I need tips and advice on to how to begin to get better at doing this. [more inside]
posted by frenchfryfrenzy at 8:15 AM - 14 answers

Was it low-key transphobia or nah?

I need some help checking in on something that just happened at the gym in the locker room. [more inside]
posted by nikaspark at 8:09 AM - 21 answers

When to talk to teens about divorce when moving apart may take months?

When to tell our teenage kids about an impending divorce? As soon as possible, even though the practical arrangements for moving apart might still take several months? Or should we wait until we have a concrete plan and a clear timeline? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:36 AM - 19 answers

November 11

Mixed signals - is he just shy or just not into me - how to proceed?

Been seeing a new boy who has treated me like a queen but is suddenly withdrawing? Is he shy or avoiding me? How do I proceed with this? [more inside]
posted by bebebardot at 11:33 PM - 12 answers

catharsis or waste of time?

Is there value in confronting someone who has done me wrong, or should I just let it go? [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 5:19 PM - 39 answers

My grandma has anxiety about me travelling

I'm going on an international trip in April, for a period of 1-3 months, depending on how much money I can save by then. I'm from the US and going to South Korea and Japan. I plan to travel around these countries by myself and stay in hostels. I'm a 20 something woman. I live in a big city already, so I've developed street smarts. But my grandma's very anxious about me travelling and I don't know how to make her feel less worried. [more inside]
posted by starlybri at 3:36 PM - 13 answers

November 10

How do you bilingual?

Bilingual families, how do you ensure that both languages are getting a fair shake in your house? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 9:53 PM - 11 answers

Midlife and Sex! Sex! Sex!

Preoccupied with sex and crushes and wanting to be attractive to others. How to move on? [more inside]
posted by loveandhappiness at 12:37 PM - 15 answers

November 9

How do you handle nervous social laughers?

I work in a small agency. Several people I work with have a habit I've never known how to deal with: social laughter, and I really need to know how to cope. Examples within: [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 4:45 PM - 26 answers

What other clubs/hobbies have a community like CrossFit?

I'm considering trying CrossFit but I'm not sure the actual programming is my thing. But I'm really drawn to what I've heard about the community aspect of CrossFit. Supposing I decide not to go to CrossFit, what other hobbies/clubs/venues/etc. should I try to find that camaraderie? [more inside]
posted by bellebethcooper at 2:31 AM - 37 answers

November 8

Lateral Hostility?

I read an article in a magazine about bullying or about hostile work environments a couple months ago. The magazine may have been Psychology Today. It talked about how when the hostility comes from the top of an organization, it makes its way down to the lowest level and causes the people on this level to 'fight' amongst themselves, calling it lateral or horizontal hostility or something like that. Do you happen to know the article I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 7:30 PM - 3 answers

The days roll alone, one the same as the next...

You have a 12 year old boy who is in public school and doesn't do sports. Can you tell me what his day looks like from the time school lets out until bedtime? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 9:41 AM - 35 answers

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