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April 25

When is it time to distance yourself from someone?

So I have a depressive friend, he has been a good friend, but his depression has worsened over the last two years, to the point where he just doesn't care about anything but playing video games anymore. That's all he wants to do every day and that's what he wants everyone else to do as well. There's really no other way we ever communicate. [more inside]
posted by Braxis at 9:30 PM - 11 answers

How close can we really be when we have such disparate views?

A new friend and neighbor adamantly believes that modified Harley riders have every right to ride wherever they wish. Rap and bass music, meanwhile, should be wiped from the face of the earth. She sees no inconsistency in this view and resists all our efforts to reveal it. [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo at 8:48 PM - 10 answers

How should I talk to my daughter about dating post-divorce?

I've been dating someone for 6 months, it's serious, he's expressed some interest in meeting my child. How do I talk to her about this? More specific concerns inside.... [more inside]
posted by cheese at 11:02 AM - 17 answers

Reasonable to skip a tricky wedding? difficulty level: mom

An extended family member, who I am cordial with but not at all close to, is getting married in a multi-day event, far from where I live with very limited transportation. If it were anyone else I had a similar level of relationship to, I would have already sent regrets. My mother will be very unhappy if I do this, regardless of the logistical difficulty in doing so. Is there a way I can skip it? (more details inside) [more inside]
posted by socktastic at 10:04 AM - 36 answers

I have a commute-crush on someone and literally can't tell him

Me: biking on a New York bridge everyday at the same time in the morning and evening. Him: the same, but in opposite directions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 AM - 37 answers

Stress of returning to college and quitting

Was it a mistake to quit 4 weeks out.... [more inside]
posted by irish01 at 7:23 AM - 11 answers

Helping out a niece who has gone astray

I've got a whirl of emotions surrounding my niece that I'm trying to sort out and I'm hoping to get some perspectives. [more inside]
posted by askingforafriend at 6:53 AM - 25 answers

April 24

Am I wrong to feel hurt?

I'm taking my SO to NYC for a week for her birthday. She just informed me that she's been encouraging a mutual friend to join us. [more inside]
posted by Twinge at 2:22 PM - 39 answers

Best videos or podcasts on attachment theory/styles in adults?

I'm a big fan of the book Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment. A friend and I were discussing attachment theory and relationships, and he's more likely to consume YouTube videos and podcasts than read a book, so I'd like to find some excellent video and audio resources (but not the audio book) for him on attachment theory and attachment styles in adults and how they can impact our intimate relationships. [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy at 1:21 PM - 3 answers

April 23

Co-worker asking for money - how to respond?

Co-worker is a single mom raising three kids, asked me to buy Mary Kay products to help her out financially. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 PM - 31 answers

My friends don’t want to see me : help!

I’m in my hometown staying with my parents over Easter - in total I have 10 days here. I normally live a two hour flight away, but visit 3-4 times per year. I reached out via a messenger group to about 5 women saying i’d be in town til this date and if anyone wanted to catch up, to contact me. I got one response- will contact you sometime when I am not so busy. That was last Friday. [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 5:07 PM - 50 answers

I'm not a Pediatrician, but I play one at Daycare...

How should I handle a situation where our daycare teacher basically told us that our pediatrician is wrong, when it comes to treating our daughter's constipation issues? [more inside]
posted by melorama at 12:32 PM - 29 answers

Why am I so upset by my friend not sharing a difficult time with me?

My best friend's mother-in-law just passed away after a long illness. My SO and I had been supporting my friend over the last few months as she dealt with all that was going on, but she didn't tell us that her mother-in-law had died because she didn't want us to worry. I'm irrationally hurt about this and I don't know how to deal with it. Help! [more inside]
posted by six sided sock at 12:41 AM - 41 answers

April 22

What to do with an apartment that I need to leave

Sorrowfully, I have not hit it off with my roommates. They are being horrible to me and pushing me to leave. There has been some strong arming to make this early as possible, and I expect more to come. This rental company is not the easiest or most ethical either, so it hasn't been straightforward to get my money back (my deposit). I have nowhere to go, and this has made staying in my space an anxious proposition. I expect harrassment - legal harrassment is a possibility too. Despite this, I have done nothing wrong, and want to make the best of my space. It's one that's paid for for another three weeks, and that many people would benefit from. How can I turn this bad situation into something good? [more inside]
posted by karmachameleon at 7:17 PM - 22 answers

Punching up versus punching down

Some time ago, someone on the blue wrote a perfect little explanation of what punching up and punching down are, and now that I need to explain it to someone I can't find it. Thought I had favorited it, but it wasn't there. Could someone point me to a good explanation, particularly in regards to humor?
posted by Soliloquy at 12:11 AM - 2 answers

April 21

My [33F] pansexual best friend [35M] is in love with me?

My best friend, with whom I trust my life, is pansexual. This past week, he confessed his love for me. And my parents are completely against it, him, and the idea of us being together. [more inside]
posted by Socolime at 10:47 PM - 23 answers

Should I go with her?

My mother is going to try to catch my father in the midst of an affair. Should I accompany her for support? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:35 PM - 34 answers

How to Express sympathy to Sri Lankan acquaintance?

I have an email I need to send to a Sri Lankan business associate--what's appropriate to say after today's tragedy? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 11:02 AM - 6 answers

April 20

Etiquette for delaying date(?) until after divorce

How do I tell someone that I'd like to connect with her, but need to wait until after my divorce? (Plot twists: social anxiety, friend-of-a-friend communication.) [more inside]
posted by NumberSix at 12:44 PM - 26 answers

April 19

What percentage of the world’s population are firstborns?

A friend who espouses a “firstborn psychology” claims that 75% of the world’s population are firstborns and their negative personality traits have a major detrimental impact on society. I can find nothing to corroborate this. Are there such statistics on birth order? (As a firstborn who doesn’t fit the profile, I’m considered an anomaly, he says.) I’d appreciate anyone’s input on the subject before I attempt to refute his theory.
posted by seekingsethplate at 10:18 AM - 17 answers

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