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What to do about unhelpful help?

Sometimes when you ask for help, someone will offer a suggestion that not only doesn't actually help, but clearly would make things worse. Let's assume for this question the person genuinely wants to ...
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What is the meaning of sticking out your tongue?

And why do children see it as a deadly insult? I live in France and I know that sticking out your tongue at someone is "not polite". But why? What is sticking out your tongue supposed to ...
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How can I stop my mom from targeting me to do the chores just because I’m a girl?

My mom is always trying to get me to do household chores like washing dishes, brooming, cooking, cleaning, etc. I hate that she is the designated person for doing chores in our household. I strongly ...
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How do you deal with the “know-it-all”? [closed]

You know the type: Me: I was reading on Stack Exchange that I can do X. Them: Oh, knowitall.com has better instructions -- Me: I just bought this tool to build X. Them: Yeah, I have that tool and all ...
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Mental health in family member [Singapore] [closed]

Long story but the gist of it is my mother (approaching 60s) started accusing my dad of infidelity about 2 years ago (mid 2018). Now, she's always been the type to overthink and be 'paranoid' but this ...
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Preventing strangers from touching my phone without causing negative response

The typical scenario is as follows. I go into a store and ask a question. During the conversation, I need to show them that they actually do carry an item I'm inquiring about (or maybe that something ...
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Want to reconnect my relationship with my son but games seem to be getting in the way [closed]

i have recently ran into an issue where i feel as though i am slowly drifting away from my son as all of his attention is devided between school and his video games. his attention towards school and ...
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Girlfriend will not stop passing gas in bed [closed]

I apologise for the crass and immature nature of this question itself but it has gotten to the point where it is effecting my work for how much sleep i am actually losing at night because of it. to ...
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How to tell (presumably) straight men who are flirting with me that I'm male, but GNC without “miseducating” them?

CW: potential transphobia I'm a cisgender bi male, but I identify as broadly speaking gender non-conforming (GNC) and often dress in more effeminate men's or often outright femme-presenting outfits. I ...
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How to avoid being manipulated when asking for someones preference?

So this question is about something I every now and then generally am facing, but it happens especially frequent, when I am just getting to know someone better i.e. having a first or second date. When ...
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What two apps are these in my boyfriends screenshot? [closed]

would really appreciate if someone could please tell me what app these two icons are from. I am requesting this help in order to find out if my significant other is talking with other girls on unknown ...
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How to react to a lot of positive attention? [closed]

Currently theres around 100 posts saying how good they think something i coded is. Is it the best to ignore it?
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How to ask for permission to get public endorsements?

I have a blog with long, analytic articles. Because of their nature, they don't really attract much clicks. However, once people distill it thoroughly, many of them express that the articles are ...
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Friends doesn't get gift at their wedding

We are a group of close friends. 2 Months ago, two of our friends got married. Usually we give a gift to them when they hold a party. But, because of the coronavirus, they didn't hold any party, just ...
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How to deal with not so polite junior coworkers? [closed]

When I told a junior software engineer coworker, "the code review is there", he plainly replied "I know." In the past we (junior engineers) would say, "thank you" or &...
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Being a people pleaser vs trying to be more likeable same thing? [closed]

Being a people pleaser obviously has negative connotation. Is trying to be more likeable the same thing as people pleasing or is it something that one should strive for? Just trying to figure out if ...
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How can I convince my sister's husband to switch to boxer shorts?

At a recent family gathering, my younger sister asked me for help. She and her husband have been trying to conceive a child but have been unsuccessful. After going to a fertility doctor, they got ...
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SARS-CoV2: When conflict arises over wearing masks, what should I say? [closed]

In Germany, due to the Corona pandemic, the government requires everyone to wear a mask over their mouth and nose in public when within enclosed spaces like supermarkets or public transportation. ...
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How to motivate my sibling with her scheduled admission test?

My sibling took a test and got a low grade. While it's not certain whether she'll get into uni or not, she knows that she can take a second one. Problem is she is not putting enough effort preparing ...
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How do I convince my parents to get me a pet [closed]

I’ve really wanted a ferret ever since I saw one at the pet store. I’ve done alot of research on them and I think I can handle it, but I know my parents will probably say no. Is there a way I could ...
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How do I ask my neighbors when I can play a musical instrument? [closed]

I just moved into a new place. I want to continue practicing drums, but I know I should discuss this with my neighbors first. COVID makes this more difficult because it rules out just knocking on ...
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How to help my mother accept my relationship with a soon-to-be-divorced man?

My boyfriend is a 33-old, separated from his wife but not divorced yet and dad of 2 little girls. I am 25yo. Despite this particular family situation, our relationship has quickly become serious and ...
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Can a marriage survive when one side doesn't show due to COVID restrictions? [closed]

Two strong-willed families will assemble in the US Mid-Atlantic region. Except, one entire side will not be there due to unforeseen COVID restrictions and quarantine requirements. Only the groom ...
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Resolve frequent conflicts between a group of friends due to poor etiquette

My friends and I are in our mid twenties and have a small friendship group of around 6-7 of us. We have been friends since school, so for around 15 years. More and more I have noticed scenarios where ...
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I accidentally mentioned my hourly salary to my hairdresser, is that bad? [closed]

During small talk with my hairdresser I was talking about an upcoming job interview (which was the reason I went to the hairdresser), and then I accidentally mentioned what I was going to earn per ...
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How to explain high sensory processing sensitivity to (own) child?

I'm a father of two children (5,3) and I happen to be "gifted" with a high sensory processing sensitivity (SPS). We also have reason to believe that this applies to our kids, too, but not to ...
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Religious friend making derogatory comments about my sexual life because I prefer singledom

This is in some ways a follow up to Responding to people questioning my single status? A little about me I'm a guy in my late 20s and I don't like relationships. The whole process of dating, ...
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How to explain to person I'm making website for that she's responsible for hosting and domain costs etc?

I'm trying to gain work experience and a reference. I offered to make someone a website for free. She bought a domain and hosting. She thought the hosting was a one time payment but it's actually each ...
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How to convince adult child to pay for their keep

I’m asking advice for a close friend of ours. Let me give some background first. They have a 24 year old daughter that lives with them in the United States. She is the single mom of a 3 year old. ...
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How to interact with narcissistic(?) people positively while not encouraging their behavior

I have been wondering how to approach people with an unrealistic sense of self-importance in a positive manner (both for those who are not receptive to feedback about it, and those who are more open ...
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How to resolve a conflict between the beliefs of establishment scientists/researchers and my evidence?

So I've had this computer architecture idea for a while. I've made some other posts about this on academia and may make one on EE stackexchange, and I hope I don't come off as bitter. The thing is, I ...
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How can I tell my GF that her romantic gestures are a distraction and her attention she requires from me is more than I can give her?

My GF and I are in our 30s have known each other for about a year now and ever since the pandemic started, she stays with me most of the time and the rest she stays with her parents. Due to the ...
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How do I stop my mother from interrupting me every 5 minutes?

I'm exasperated by the behaviour of my mother and I don't know how to make her stop, please propose some solution... I'm a 21 year old student far from home most of the year, and I'm currently in my ...
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How to convice a girl I like that a 3rd wheel is unnecessary

Hi guys looks like I need your advice again. Right now I'm working in an East-Asian country and there was this girl in the office that I like but has left the company. I don't really know her very ...
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How to save face and apologize after a text was taken the wrong way?

Okay, so our coaching has a discussion forum for all members to post questions related to our studies. The group is on Telegram, where I'm registered with a gender-neutral username and a profile pic ...
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How do I tell my internet friends I'm actually female?

So I joined this online group roughly 2 years ago for a specific purpose that I thought would be short lived. It's centered primarily around a sports team and I came there from a social media site ...
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Landlord was knocking on my door close to midnight regarding a (minor) complaint (that I had nothing to do with)

I recently moved into a new home. I share the place with 2 other roommates. Last night close to midnight the landlord came over banging on my bedroom door. I was about to fall asleep. It turned out ...
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How can I be left alone during the work day without looking awkward or offensive?

I am not a total introvert, as I am very social and stuff but when I am working during breaks or on transportation I want to be like an introvert. I guess there is a word for that which is ambivert. ...
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How can I ask guests not to bring alcohol as host gifts?

COVID-19 disclaimer: Denmark has largely lifted their restrictions on social gatherings I was at a social gathering with my coworkers, and as a host gift we all, individually without discussing it, ...
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How to tell my in-laws that their poor treatment of my wife is making her depressed?

My wife has been experiencing anxiety and increasingly, depression, as a result of her relationships with friends and family treating her like she is worthless. It is never by words that they give ...
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Preventing certain topics from being raised by a close relative

My friend (I got her consent to ask this question here) is currently dealing with major depression and anxiety issues (she is currently on therapy and medication), which started after a messy breakup -...
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How to organise with other parents at school

Last March when the Covid-19 pandemic reached my country, at some schools the parents had organized and told the school as a group they were not letting their kids come in on Monday. This did not ...
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How to tell landlord I don't want him showing my room the day before and during my move

I am moving out of my home. The landlord sent me a message asking what time he can show the place on Tuesday and Wednesday. I didn't realize it right away, but Wednesday is the day I'm moving. I will ...
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How to prepare for a hurtful confession

Suppose at the beginning of dating, I lied about my income to be much higher than actual. With us becoming closer, I need to be honest and tell her the truth. I'm not in any financial trouble, just ...
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How do I ask my unhygienic housemate to move out?

Some context: I was entrusted with living in and looking after my aunt's house for a number of years now, and I've been subletting a couple of the rooms to help pay the rent and bills. One of the ...
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How to deal with a toxic group leader?

So I'm in this group of friends that have been around for a few years, over a few interactions I have developed a toxic relationship with one of the people in this group. I have tried to talk to him ...
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How can I respectfully ask my landlady to use english when in my home?

When our landlady comes into our place she always brings a relative. When they talk to us they use english. When they talk to each other they use their native tongue, which they know we don't ...
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How do you handle being not welcomed in a group? [closed]

The saying "Can I come with?" or "Can I join in" have been the bane of everyone I talk to these days. Every time when there is a group of people doing something that I'm interested ...
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How to approach a co-worker about stealing my sales?

I work in a small office where each of has our own set of clients that we have established relationships with over the years. I've recently moved desks and am now sitting almost side by side with ...
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How can I talk to my boyfriend about him keeping things of his exes?

When my boyfriend and I got together I was going through a divorce. I was in that relationship for 6 years so I had a bunch of pictures and things shared with my ex. He got emotional when I came ...

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