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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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Was it a mistake to quit 4 weeks out.... [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Co-worker is a single mom raising three kids, asked me to buy Mary Kay products to help her out financially. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
My mother is going to try to catch my father in the midst of an affair. Should I accompany her for support? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.