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January 15

Late 20s adult woman suffering from teenage-like crush needs help

This is really awkward and stupid, but I could use some help! [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 9:43 AM - 7 answers

Moving on out of here..

Needing advice on finding where I want to end up next and starting a new life elsewhere.. [more inside]
posted by morning_television at 9:31 AM - 6 answers

January 14

Social Media isn't me. Should I work at it?

Is it ok to not be into Social Media, especially for work? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 12:57 PM - 14 answers

Post-breakup crisis

I recently ended a LDR that some of the people here on MeFi claimed was abusive. As I have travelled to see my boyfriend almost every weekend for the past year, I now find myself alone in the city with no friends or family. How do I deal with the breakup and rebuild my life all alone? (F, 26) [more inside]
posted by U.N.Owen at 11:08 AM - 16 answers

Do I include a painful relative in an obituary if he ghosted everyone?

When my dad dies, he leaves behind a sibling he did not know for decades even existed, one who appeared and then has ghosted him and the rest of us. My mentioning him in an obituary as a family member will infuriate my sister and he might not care, anyway. But what if he does? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:17 AM - 43 answers

Your door is always open, but the same person is always in there!

My lab is having problems with favouritism: excessive amounts of supervisor time are being spent on one person, a non-researcher, in my opinion at the expense of research trainees in the lab. This is hurting lab morale, and relations with the supervisor. How can I bring this up with the supervisor in a way that is likely to be productive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:16 AM - 7 answers

January 13

I met someone wonderful! But...

Met a lady. It's the instant connection everyone goes on about, and that I kind of didn't believe in until it happened. Everything's amazing and easy -- except she's recently out of a bad relationship and isn't done dealing with that. We're trying to figure out how to manage this. [more inside]
posted by schadenfrau at 11:25 AM - 21 answers

Useful websites for a mum who's just had her son come out to her

Could anyone direct me to useful websites with I could send to my mum, to whom I've recently come out to? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by kylethekonqueror at 5:20 AM - 8 answers

Looking for 'fuck off fund' style articles for a friend in need

Old story - young kids, unsupportive husband, career progress rocky. Couples therapy has gone nowhere. I'd like to send her good pieces on planning for disaster - on how having a 'fuck off fund' or at least a 'fuck off plan' can make you feel more confident and actually *help* you solve problems rather than being a commitment to leaving. But she's a middle-aged British lady and a lot of the pieces are (no offense intended) to her eyes schmlatzy American selfhelp B$ and/or aimed at much younger women (without kids). Any suggestions for more mature reads on the same topic?
posted by AFII at 1:59 AM - 3 answers

January 12

What happened to Craigslist

The last few times I've used craigslist to try to sell things, the majority of the responses I've gotten were scammers. This last time I posted 5 or 6 items at different prices points and every single response was a scammer. Does anyone use Craigslist anymore? What should Craigslist be doing about this? Is there some longform journalism I can read about what happened? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 4:40 PM - 23 answers

What is a nice condolence gift for a friend whose mother died?

My friend and I would like to send something nice to a friend whose mother died. (We live in different cities.) What is a nice gift for this sort of situation? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 12:28 PM - 24 answers

Sexually assaulted by a friend. How to make her understand how I feel?

Is there any point in trying to show this formerly close friend who first violated me sexually, then violated my privacy, why her behaviour is so hurtful and upsetting? And if there is, how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by myotahapea at 10:10 AM - 23 answers

How to talk to an oblivious colleague about improving?

How do I talk to someone who I hired (but have no direct authority over) about how things aren’t going well? This is complicated by the fact that this person appears fairly unaware of the fact that things aren’t going well. I want to find a way to help this person without alienating them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 AM - 13 answers

January 11

Hypothetically, how do we handle real arguments over hypotheticals?

The moral of the story is: damn you, Tonya Harding. BF and I can't seem to figure out how to have value-centric conversations. Perspective please. [more inside]
posted by orangesky4 at 9:12 PM - 27 answers

When thank you isn't enough?

How do you deal with a family member who constantly sees interactions with you in financial transactions terms? [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog at 6:23 PM - 34 answers

Searching for QUIET libraries in the tri-state area

Hi. I was wondering if anyone happens to know of any public libraries in the tri-state area – particularly in North Jersey – where the staff is actually serious about maintaining a quiet environment? [more inside]
posted by DavidfromBA at 2:59 PM - 17 answers

Teaching a visually impaired design student

Next semester I will have a visually impaired student in the design studio I teach. Looking for advice / experience on the subject. [more inside]
posted by signal at 2:08 PM - 4 answers

Exercises to build openness to vulnerability

I've become increasingly aware of the (many) ways that I resist and avoid letting myself be vulnerable in both my personal and professional life. I think it's getting in the way of getting the most out of my experiences. I'm looking for practices that will help me grow on this front. They could be standalone exercises or a little curriculum that I could turn into a self-growth course, or, really any other suggestions for actionable ways to engage with this area in myself.
posted by spindrifter at 11:05 AM - 5 answers

How do you deal with a Narcissist?

My Father in Law is a Classic Narcississt and I literally cannot deal with him any more. I need some advice on how best to cope, phrases I can employ, ways to calm myself in his presence because I'm losing the battle. I'm biting my tongue at every family event and I'm not sure how long I can hold my tongue! My wonderful husband was raised by a narcissistic man, has 2 narcissistic brothers and all sorts of issues stemming from growing up in this environment. This question has really, really resonated with me.... my husband struggles with a LOT of the issues mentioned in this question and I hadn't connected the dots back to his narcissistic father until I read it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM - 32 answers

Big brother big sistering sans frontieres

Without giving a huge backstory, an eight year old kid who lost his parents recently has come into our lives and we have agreed with his grandmother to hang out with him in our house two or three nights a week for the foreseeable future. Now what? [more inside]
posted by athirstforsalt at 6:46 AM - 18 answers

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