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Questions tagged [awkward-situations]

For questions about situations which are awkward for anyone concerned. This tag should be used when awkwardness is the key part of the problem.

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Trying to start a romantic relationship, concerned another girl will disapprove [on hold]

My question is about wanting to start a relationship with "Jane" (not her real name) whom I know from my old university. She started at our current university before me, she had time to make new ...
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How to approach a friend about his girlfriend asking to sleep with me?

Context My girlfriend (let's call her Claire) shares a flat with a couple (let's call them Bob and Alice). Bob is a close friend of mine, and I get along pretty well with Alice. The three of them ...
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How to gently and compassionately stop a stranger talking to you about their problems?

I recently dropped my wallet while shopping, reached out among local lost-and-found groups on Facebook, made contact with someone who found it and made arrangements with them to meet up so they can ...
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How to reduce the awkwardness on the way to the bedroom?

I am a man in my mid-40's and met some time ago an old friend (woman, mid-40's as well) when travelling (to her city). I traveled there again a few times (every few months) and it is obvious that a (...
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How do I prevent the gym instructor from talking to me?

In the gym I go to, we don't have personal trainers but gym instructors - they just stay there and guide pretty much everyone if they have doubts or they see someone exercising incorrectly. From what ...
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How can I tell to my friend that her behavior is weird to me?

Background I'm a 14-year old female and has been friends with this specific girl for about 9 months. Recently, she has been really 'touchy-feely' with me for the past month. I'm the type of person ...
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My roommate/friend uses lots of toilet paper and I'm not sure how to talk to him about us starting to each buy and use our own toilet paper? [closed]

I (22m) recently moved in with my two friends (21m and 22m). One roommate (21m) goes through toilet paper like water (like we're talking 8 rolls in like a week or two). But basically me and my other ...
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How would one greet a person on his/her birthday today, especially when his/her father died yesterday?

How would one greet a person on his/her birthday today, (at least some sort of greeting to acknowledge his/her birthday) especially when his/her father died yesterday. I am from Sri Lanka and he is ...
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Is it unwise to attempt to anger other drivers who are exiting the highway? [closed]

There have been many times while driving on the highway when another car has suddenly cut into my lane in order to get over to the right-most lane so they can exit the highway, and I had to slam on ...
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Handling awkward situations caused by morning erection around non-romantic partner

I'm an 18-year-old male. Some weeks ago, I and a female friend of mine went on a one-week cycling trip. We're almost exactly the same age, she's an old childhood friend, we've known each other ...
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Offering to share my umbrella without sounding creepy

Yesterday afternoon I (male, late 30) went to the supermarket in my neighborhood to buy something. Since the sky was menacing rain, I took along an umbrella. Lucky me, when I got out from the ...
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Accepted receipt of ‘deepest sympathy’ flowers for neighbour

I recently accepted receipt of some flowers for a neighbour who wasn’t home. We don’t know the neighbour at all (even to say hi on the street). The flowers are clearly for a death in their family. ...
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How to Deal With Asking Out A Friend's Sister

I've been friends with the oldest brother, Gary, since middle school. His younger brother Billy also integrated into our group of friends around high school and Billy, Gary, and I frequently played ...
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How can I not be jealous of my spouse? [closed]

All my life, I've wanted to do a doctorate (PhD). Four times, I came really close to being accepted to a programme of study, but life got in the way. The first time, I had to move countries to take ...
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How to deal with a frank speaking and overthinking guy [closed]

I am hanging with a group of friends all around 22 - 23 years old . One of us is sometimes having some anger and sadness at mixed times. It makes the group feel weird. To detail these crises: he ...
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How should I approach my crush if she's not interested? [closed]

TL;DR: There's this girl I really like, who is apparently not interested in me, since I've already made a move on her without any luck. Nevertheless, I've decided not to give up and make one more ...
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How do I express to others to more quickly let me know about social mistakes I make?

I recently suffered a bit of a fallout in a teaching group I'm frequently a participant in. This was because I kept making brutally honest criticism about their style of teaching (e.g. "your teaching ...
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How do I politely/non-awkwardly get to know/give my number to a woman on a bus, in a non-intrusive manner?

So the title already gives some major details, but I’d like to evaluate further, to explain the situation better. I’m currently working on a short-term job, ending next week. The commute to this ...
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How to approach my Boyfriend on his opinion about having children eventually?

I've got a wonderful boyfriend who I can very openly communicate with. We've been together half a year, but we've been friends for years before that. I'm in my early twenties. So far we have handled ...
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How to encourage people to not make/cancel travel plans based solely on my personal opinion?

I live in a city in the UK that is hosting some competitive sporting events in coming months. From my time at university and beyond, I have made a number of friends and acquaintances across the globe, ...
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How to handle people blocking your view and breaking the rules at the theater by not sitting in their assigned seats?

A while ago, my parents/brothers and I went to visit a theatre performance (in The Netherlands, where we live). We booked really nice first class tickets with empty seats in front of us. We booked ...
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Address friends overly “agressive” way to get attention back on him when around girls

I often go out on weekends with a few friends of mine, we're all around 18-21 years old from Germany. One of them (lets name him L.) really is a chill guy. Me and my friends aren't really that good ...
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How to tell someone you are pregnant at such a late stage? [closed]

I am 35 weeks pregnant and I didn't tell an acquaintance of mine yet. She is an old co-worker of mine and works a few blocks away. She quit working at the same company as me in January. She was ...
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How to respond when a Doctor's Receptionist asks the reason for the appointment, after confirming appointment is made?

I have recently come across a situation that made me feel very uncomfortable, especially if it had been more of a personal issue. I contacted my doctor yesterday with pains in my hand/wrist as I didn'...
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How to turn down unsolicited advice at the gym? [duplicate]

I'm going to the gym quite frequently, so does the guy this question revolves around. I don't really like chit-chatting (or talking in general) while im working out - I'm usually in my zone, with ...
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How to deal with friends finding out I self-harm(ed)?

I have a slight situation arising and would like some opinions/thoughts on how to proceed. Some Backstory I am male, in my early 20s. I have self-harmed for a number of years, and am currently a ...
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How do I politely say no to a stranger asking to use my phone to make a personal call?

TL;DR A stranger approached me and asked me if they could use my phone. I didn't want to be rude and say no bluntly, so I wavered, and felt uncomfortable. How do I say no to strangers asking for use ...
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How can an English teacher tell their student that the student is dyslexic?

An English teacher working in Russia notices that their student has adequate speaking and listening skills for their level, but really struggles when it comes to writing and reading, both in English ...
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How to convey (non-awkwardly) that its my birthday? [duplicate]

First off, I know that this question is very close to mine, but has no answer that would match my needs. Secondly, I find it shocking how many people answer for a workplace situation. This question ...
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Politely recommend budget help to a friend who owes me money?

To address duplication concerns, this belongs on IPS rather than workplace stack exchange or finance, as I would like to address the specific issue of recommending budget help, and handle this as a ...
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How do I get a second opinion without offending my longtime dentist?

I have been going to my dentist for the past 18 years. It's a family practice: the dentist, his wife (hygienist), his sister-in-law (appointments and billing), and some additional staff I've never ...
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How (not?) to talk with moms

One type of folks I am really, really annoyed with are the mothers talking about their first kids in their first years after birth. They virtually cannot talk about anything except their children. ...
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How to talk about my comfortable lifestyle without sounding like I'm bragging?

Most of my friends have gone down the marriage with 2.4 kids route. Great for them but it does eat most of their time/money. Not having done that, I can afford a decent house, have a couple of ...
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How to talk to someone about work after their significant other passed away

I recently moved into a shared home where my landlord is one of the roommates. Shortly after her husband passed away. Understandably she’s been upset and stressed. Also I was told it was the husband ...
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How to decline eating food at a restaurant?

I'm often invited to restaurants before or after certain meetings with groups of people I know, including friends. However, I don't like to eat "outside food" and never go to restaurants or get take ...
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How can I decline to help my teacher with their personal IT problem?

Background Note: Certain details have been changed for privacy's sake. I am the go-to person for tech help for my friends (and enemies), family, and teachers. I have helped everyone I know with ...
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How to approach a random person that appears to be interested in you?

A lot of the time (3-5 times a month) when I'm walking in the street or sitting on the public transit random strangers will make eye contact with me for more than 3 seconds and also smile at me in a ...
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Attending the 9/11 Memorial next month - how to interact with families that lost loved ones?

A couple of us are planning to visit the 9/11 Memorial in New York next month on September 11th itself; it would be our first time visiting the memorial. I want to be careful to not treat the event as ...
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How to handle situations which demands odd behavior [closed]

Consider the following 2 scenarios: After entering either a big shopping complex or high rated restaurant, there will be a queue and have to wait till our turn and buy/order items and then exit after ...
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How do I get a friend's attention in a polite way when they're wearing headphones? [duplicate]

Very specific question, I know, but this is something I've thought about a lot as someone who frequently wears headphones in public and has to contact people in private with them on. Often, when a ...
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Friend keeps gifting exipred items. How to politely bring it up?

Background info: the couple of times I have been in China and tried to buy some food from shops, I have noticed that all the things on sale were already past their expiry date. When discussing this ...
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How to make people understand that I am working in a part of my vast domain

I am a Telecommunications engineer who's been working as a programmer these days. One of my dreams was to continue my master degree and become a control system engineer. I always read about the ...
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How do I handle staying at friend's apartment in which the bathroom offers insufficient privacy? [closed]

I will be going on a business trip to the Chicago area, about 1 hour away from the city I think. My friend lives in the city and she has very kindly offered to host me for the weekend after and show ...
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On a date, if I give a woman flowers, what does she do with them? [closed]

On a date, I'd like to give a woman flowers as a little present. What's the best thing for her to do with them? I mean, if I imagine to be a woman getting flowers, I'd feel real bad throwing them away ...
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How do I deal with coworkers messing with me because of my shyness?

I've worked at my job for over a year and I barely speak to anyone. I'm very much a loner and don't prefer socializing or interacting with others, I keep to myself. My other coworkers know this and ...
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How to tell an artist friend that their art has been getting worse if they think otherwise

Not long ago, a friend of mine got some rather harsh and even somewhat rude criticism, anonymously, that their art has been regressing for a while and that they're squandering all of their potential. ...
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How can I tactfully discuss the intentions of an online acquaintance before meeting?

I recently accepted the friend request of a guy on Facebook. We shared a couple mutual friends, so I assumed we had met at a college party somewhere in the last few years. As it turns out, we haven't ...
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As a student, how can I negotiate appropriate sleeping arrangements with strangers for an academic conference?

I'm an undergraduate student that was offered a role researching for a grant. I was able to get authorship status on a paper and will be attending a conference for it later this year. The professor I ...
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How to signal unavailability for a romantic or sexual relationship without elaborating on relationship status or personally rejecting someone?

Background I'm in a happily monogamous relationship. I also am friends with someone I used to date. My friend and I generally void the subject of dating/romance now because it can be a sore subject ...
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How to respond when people ask for treat (or party) but doesn't really want it?

I have faced this condition in past also, but i will ask this with respect to a recent experience I had. I won at an event in my office and was rewarded with a gift. After this people (including ...