Questions tagged [friends]

For questions about interactions with friends, people with whom you share personal details of your lives and enjoy shared activities.

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What should I take into consideration when resuming conversations online after an extended lack of contact?

I've been exchanging messages online with someone of the opposite gender for an extended time now. We live in different countries. I think we get along fairly well, and there have been situations ...
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How to talk to a friend about her concerning social media posts?

Recently one of my friends has been writing concerning posts on her social media. She said something like "my life has always been so hard", and "what's the point of living if there is so much ...
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How do I communicate with my friend about her hurtful behavior?

Context: L and I have been friends since junior high. Starting college, we both left our home town and went our separate ways in life. Over the last 20 years we still kept in touch and would meet up ...
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Helping friend with project, how to tell him I'm not comfortable using my info for registering something? [closed]

My friend wants to make a website and I would like to help him do this. He asked me what free hosting to use and I suggested one. Part of the registration process is to upload photo ID. My friend ...
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Give a personal loan to an acquaintance [closed]

After a burnout I have had an increasing need to do something good for others. I have been disappointed with the charities I have donated to in the past, as it always turns out that only a fraction of ...
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what are the answers the we may get from the best friend if we propose her [closed]

I want to know that in any one's life is there a situation where you want to propose to your best friend and then she rejected you by stating which answer? I want to know on which reason she rejected ...
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How to Support Emotionally Drained Friend

I have known my friend for only 1.5 years but we connected very well from the beginning and I would now call her my best friend. I've known her from college, she still lives in the same area though I ...
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How to make a friend move out of my place [closed]

My and my flatmate's friend (also my best friend's brother) got into a heated argument with his family shortly after returning from working abroad, and decided to permanently move out from the family ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for money to replace a rug that an acquaintance's dog ruined? [closed]

Background: Recently, a young couple moved into our area, and started going to church in our congregation. They first couple months, they struggled to make friends and fit in, so my wife and I ...
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How to explain I won't attend a theme party?

My female friend had a son recently, and it is a source of great joy for all of us (friends). When her son was three months old, we organized a surprise party for him, and the mom was very happy with ...
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If I find one person hard to understand, how can I encourage a second person to try and explain?

I am part of a small friends group that (used to) routinely meet. Something happened that I am unsure how I feel about. Bob asked me to attend a "meeting" with him and Joe. I was not told what the ...
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How to get on good terms with a female friend, of whom I confessed my feelings to? [duplicate]

I have a friend who I have known for a long time. We are not good friends necessarily, due the fact that we had just reconnected a couple of weeks ago. A couple of days ago I confessed to her that I ...
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How can I make it up to my best friend after I forgot her birthday?

TLDR; I’ve had a lot going on recently so forgot about my friend’s birthday until the following day and now she won’t speak to me. How do I fix it? TW for talk of depression So, the base of it is ...
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How to become friends again with a girl I was rejected by? [duplicate]

I have a friend who I have known for a long time. We are not good friends necessarily, due the fact that we had just reconnected a couple of weeks ago. A couple of days ago I confessed to her that I ...
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How would you react when someone tell you about their problems? [duplicate]

Your friend tells you they have a problem with a mobile app or with their car or they have a headache. What would be your immediate reaction? I would offer a solution if I knew or would ask them to ...
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Dealing with unwanted “Joking” physical contact

This isn't really a sexual thing, just something that makes me uncomfortable. So I hate having my hair up or braiding it or doing anything with it in general because I think it looks weird and it's ...
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How to become friends again with a girl I confessed my feelings to? [duplicate]

I have a friend who I have known for a long time. We are not good friends necessarily, due to the fact that we had just reconnected a couple of weeks ago. A couple of days ago I confessed to her that ...
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How to get friends(s) to confirm for certain if they are attending or not? [duplicate]

I think this is a fairly common situation. When trying to arrange something, some people don't like to commit so they say "maybe". This is a problem, because space may be limited or reservations may ...
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When someone complains about not being able to pay for something, are they asking me to pay?

I have a lot of friends that complain a lot about their troubles paying off student debt and struggling to make ends meet on unexpected bills (flat tire, injury, pet is sick and needs life saving ...
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How do I turn an acquaintance into a friend?

This is probably the most embarrassing and stupid sounding question I’ve ever asked in my life; but it’s unfortunately one without whose answer I’m stuck. Before I start with my story, I’d just like ...
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How to get somebody's confirmation when they say “I'll check my schedule”?

I put together a lot of events among my friends, and so I invite a lot of people to things. One of the responses I get a lot when trying to invite people to things is "I'll check my schedule." This ...
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How to support my friend who is going to have surgery?

One of my best friends is going to have a cardiac surgery and she is only 17. Unfortunately she is in a high-functioning depression and I really don't know what to say or what to do for her to give ...
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How to have friend doing a favour sign a contract without making it look like I'm taking advantage of him?

I have a tendency to over think things, get paranoid and get anxiety when it comes to the law. I had a couple of very unfortunate experience, even one I was completely in the right going to court is a ...
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How to express frustration that friend left without telling anyone?

I have a problem where I either say nothing or get abrasive when I try to get a person to stop doing something that bothers me. This is why I'm asking here. My friend (Bob) had invited me and another ...
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How can I warn my friend about getting into a relationship with someone I deeply distrust?

This time last year, my best friend of around 10 years (B) started dating a new coworker (C) of ours. From an outside perspective, the relationship seemed somewhat broken --- My friend B was really ...
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When is it ok to put pictures of other people on social media? [closed]

If you're in a photo with someone, when is it ok to put it on Facebook? Should you always ask first? I asked my friend to send me pictures he took of us. Instead of posting them publicly he messaged ...
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How to get someone to speak more clearly (with less idioms)?

(For a bit of a backstory, this question is related to this one here) I have a friend called Bob. He's part of a group of friends I meet with regularly. Bob has a very direct, yet cryptic ...
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How to discuss the lack of effort in a friendship without causing conflict?

About 3 years ago I moved from Canada to Ireland. While I didn't have many friends in Canada, I have a friend that I've been very close to for over 20 years. In the first 2 years after I moved to ...
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How to get a friend to understand I'm not trying to be right, but just have a conversation?

Sometimes, I talk with a friend about stuff, and then if at any point I disagree on something, or perhaps correct, or add information to something he said, he tends to become defensive, and responds ...
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How to respond to a friend who wants to share her poetry? [closed]

I have a certain friend who appears to be enjoying writing, particularly poetry. Unfortunately, I do not appreciate the poetry she writes. Her poetry often reads like the inner voice of a person ...
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How to tell a colleague to lower down her Christmas spirit in office event organising?

I am part of a Fun committee in office and have the responsibility to organize the office events related to proceedings festivals. It's a secular company so we usually cover a variety of festivals - ...
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Etiquette for Cancelling Abroad Trip

A friend and I were looking at flights to Japan from our home city for a week or so back leading up to this year's Black Friday. Typically flights range from $1000-$1600 round trip, however during ...
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How do I convince my friends to move their group chat?

I am in a fairly large friend group - 12 people. We all go to the same school, but don’t interact much during the school day. Everyone in this group uses apple devices except one person - me. This ...
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How do I tell an older coworker I would like to become friends with him?

I've been in my internship in a state-owned enterprise for six months so far, and this is my last month there. Since I started, they assigned me a mentor who would make sure I and the rest of my ...
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I dislike children. How can I avoid alienating friends who have had children?

I have never liked children or wanted any of my own. I understand how it feels to find something extremely cute and adore something at first sight (I get this feeling with many animals), however when ...
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How to talk reasonably to a stubborn person without turning them into a disaster?

My best friend, Liz, is shy, introvert and has anxiety. Sometimes she asks me when I have free time to accompany her to parties, shopping and doing stuff so she feels more comfortable with me around. ...
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How to properly tell others that forgetting something doesn't mean I don't care about them?

I am taking postgraduate education and also have a very stressful job and I'm in a serious relationship. Getting these things together take a lot of my time and mind. When I'm around people not from ...
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How to stay as the well-wisher/friend without escalating her feeling for me?

I used to have a transwoman friend who was waiting to become financially strong before thinking about transitioning. I was going through some stressful times and we used to discuss our issues. She was ...
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How can I communicate better with my indirect friends as a direct person?

I am a very direct person. Say what you mean, mean what you say, nothing more, nothing less. Most of my friends of my same gender happen to be indirect. If I text one of my friends a question such ...
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Explain to group of friends that I will not show empathy to other friend

Recently, a person in our group of friends, let's call her Rachel, was involved in a car accident. The problem is, she was drunk and driving a stolen car. To give a bit more details : there were two ...
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How can I refuse to disclose my occupation, without marring friendship in slightest?

I want to follow up my earlier question please. As I wrote, this year is husband's 10 year high school reunion. Some schoolmates emailed him about catching up separately. He's grappling — society, ...
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How to Resolve Underlying Tension with my Best Friend

I have a friend, that we'll call Alex, who I've been friends with for years. He's a good guy and our relationship is generally pretty good, but over the past few years there's been a kind of ...
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How to convey to parents and friends that I want to change my job? [closed]

My parents work for an amazing charity which does a lot of good work. Giving out to people is something they strongly believe in. They encouraged me to also work for the charity after I left school ...
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How do I reconnect with a friend after they tried once and I failed to respond

Background I've been out of college for about 4 years now, and during that time I've lost contact with one of my best friends. After I graduated college, I took a job in another city and moved about ...
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How to schedule meetups effectively?

I have a hard time scheduling meetups with friends lately. This has started since I have begun a day-job, and thus have less free time. Often, both parties are interested at meeting up, but the time ...
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How to explain that some of my difficulties won't improve with my effort or by their teasing?

update: this question is about not pushing me harder for indirect hints. it's not exactly on sensory issue I'm on the autism spectrum. In a particular classroom, a gang of people started to get ...
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How to ask for my money back without damaging my relationship with this person?

This situation involves three people: Myself An online friend and artist (we'll call him Saxton) My SO (we'll call her Reva.) I don't know Saxton's age exactly, but I don't think anybody here is ...
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I was mistakenly identified as a criminal, and this has caused rumors. How can I convince my friends that it is all a mistake?

A while ago, I was at a popular, busy local nightclub (this is in the Unites States) and ran into a friend of a friend. Let's call her Anne. After a bit of conversation with Anne, and mutual name-...
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How can I talk about loneliness without sounding like I'm indulging in self-pity?

I'm a 27-year-old man. I feel like a lot of the baggage I am carrying stems from moving around a lot and not really being able to find communities where I belong, as well as being pretty unpopular ...
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How do I mingle with westerners in office as a south asian in the UK? [closed]

I came to the UK to work on contract through software company. I've been in the UK now for more than 2 years now, but I'm still not able to make much rapport or personal friendship with westerners in ...

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