Questions in the Human Relations category.
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How do I balance my seeking out of new quality partners or friends with my comfort seeking of being alone most of my free time [more inside]
Should I keep reaching out to a friend going through tough times in his personal life? [more inside]
My partner is conflicted about marriage and it is tearing me apart. Help me find perspective and patience! [more inside]
My 6yo daughter has sucked her middle two fingers since she was months old. I never really cared one way or the other, and figured she'd grow out of it. She hasn't, and overall I'm okay with that in principle, but I am increasingly not okay with the knock-on effects and co-behaviors they have shown up. What do I do? [more inside]
My sibling is getting married in a few months. I need to be able to get on stage and make a speech, with my abuser's eyes on me. I also need to stay for the entire event. Looking for tips and therapeutic approaches to lessen the shock of being in the same space as my biggest fear. [more inside]
We are not close and have a 10 year age gap (me F50, her F60). She does have some OCD issues and I have done my best to accommodate that, as kindly as possible. She has history with creating drama and several other family members have indulged this over the years. I think this is harmful for me, explanation inside. [more inside]
This was me Or do I need to just leave it alone? My friend is in continual denial with little spots of wake-up calls, but doesn't really open up to me, and so I don't know how I can help. Our children have not played together in awhile so we have just been texting and talking on the phone a lot and occasional walks during work. [more inside]
Some years ago, this friend told me my faults and that she didn't care to be my friend anymore, although she would say hi to me when she saw me. [more inside]
I underwent Mohs surgery 6 weeks ago, resulting in a large noticeable scar on my forehead. With an upcoming job interview, I'm seeking advice on how to handle broaching the subject without revealing too much personal information or causing discomfort. Do i just not mention it and leave it out there? Or do I proactively say something? What might I say? At 61, I'm also wary of potential bias, since this sort of health issue is common among oldsters like myself. Any tips on addressing the scar professionally while keeping the focus on my qualifications would be greatly appreciated.
During the December holidays (which is also when my birthday is), I got a lot of packages. Combo of gifts and things I'd ordered. This included a cute dress that I immediately tried on. I figured it was from my sister in law. I don't recall seeing a name on the package. I now realize it was probably for my neighbor. How do I give it back? [more inside]
For example, if I'm in a public restroom that has an overflowing bin (full of crumpled, used paper towels), I'll step on the top layer to squash everything down so there will be more room for future users to discard their paper towel. Or... some people are very alert on transit and yield their seat to the first person who looks like they might need to sit (elder, parents with lots of kids, etc). [more inside]
I refused to take my son to basketball practice across town and my co-parent considered it to be wrong and selfish. [more inside]
Tell me some more about two types of people. [more inside]
I perceived this person as behaving over the line but it's always possible I'm too sensitive. To keep it simple, this person asked to schedule a call with me, then a minute or so in, I thought I heard a brusque "Hold on a second" and they were gone. Other aspects of our brief interactions turned me off, so after 15-30 seconds I hung up and then started some chores and didn't answer when they called back a few minutes later. [more inside]
I am looking for resources (online or support groups, books, websites, etc.) to help me work through trauma and related issues from growing up with and caring for a parent with a chronic illness. [more inside]
I am going to be leading weekly meetings of a service club for the next year, and the group includes an extroverted person who is prone to dominating conversations and accidentally taking credit for other people's work and ideas. I want to try to improve the group dynamic, but this person does not pick up on subtle social cues. I will thus need to be direct. Do you have any phrases to suggest for keeping this type of person in check and helping to give credit where credit is due? Do adults tend to embrace things like a nerf ball for the speaker, or is that too childish? Strategies that can be used to acknowledge good work that was previously glossed over might also be helpful. Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
Have you learned to regulate your emotions and your emotional responses to unkind comments or insults? I need help. [more inside]
Looking for your personal anecdotes (not books or podcasts) or shorts essays of how you or someone realized they needed to change their parenting style or do something radically different. [more inside]
I've experienced time anxiety since childhood, and within the last two years, have been working on it extensively. It's much better now, however I recently started a new teaching position, and I'm wondering if these feelings are actually time anxiety. [more inside]
My partner and I are on the autistic spectrum. We live apart and can’t see each other every day. When there are several hours of no texts from my partner when I know she didn’t have plans at that time I start to feel anxious and irritated about the silence. The inconsistency is difficult for me to cope with - one day there will be many texts telling me about her day and the next it feels like she’s disappeared and I don’t know how to interpret the silence. Are there any reasonable boundaries and accommodations we can introduce for each other in this situation? What can I do myself to help me cope when I’m triggered? Have you faced a similar situation? [more inside]