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Questions tagged [personal-information]

For situations dealing with information that people may hesitate to talk about casually or that's part of their private life.

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How to talk about things I'm ashamed of, without showing this shame through non-verbal-communication?

I had a terrible undergraduate academic record. I have worked in the industry for past many years, and grown a lot since then, intellectually and skill-wise. However, whenever telling someone about my ...
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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 politely ask for verification delay?

I've worked in a market. Suddenly they stopped my work for verification purpose. They requested me to provide a student ID card. I've sent a scanned copy of my Student ID card for verification. One ...
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How can I forewarn a schoolmate that I'll refuse to answer personal questions if we meet?

This year is my husband's 10-year high school reunion, and some schoolmates emailed him about catching up — separately from the reunion. He's grappling with deciding whether: to go to the reunion ...
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How to make clear to people I don't want to answer their “Where are you from?” question?

I live in the UK but am not originally from here, having moved in the last decade. Quite often when I talk to people I get asked where I'm from. It usually seems to be in response to my accent, as I'...
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How to cold call/post a long lost relative?

My mother lost touch with her cousins many years ago and I would have been about 5 years old the last time I seen them. I am 30 now. I am doing family research and trying to build the family tree. ...
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How can I help my roommates ignore my difficult past? [closed]

I have recently moved into an apartment with two other guys because I was going to university outside of my home town. I come from northern germany and moved a good bit further to the south. I am ...
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How do I interact with people who don't understand that I don't want to share personal information

I get it, people like to share things, know whats going on in each others lives and connect with each other. I don't, I'm a private person, I don't want to share personal things and because of that I ...
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How to ask something personal to someone you have not seen for a while? [closed]

As a follower to my previous question, I want to ask a girl I was friends with if she indeed wanted to go out with me. To sum up, there was a rumor stating that she wanted to go out with me, and I ...
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Father wants me to give him my work number and I don't want to

I'm moving to a new town (a big city in Florida) where I don't know anyone for work. I'm over 23. My father wants me to give him the number and e-mail for my primary work boss because sometimes I ...
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How to/Should I ask a friend about their close relative who died (not recently)?

A group of my friends and I were sitting in our classroom waiting for the teacher to get there and start class. Two of my friends, Jim and Maddie, were talking to each other (and they were about the ...
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How do I politely tell people that I don't have an answer to their personal question?

My husband and I are working on immigration; currently, we are in two different countries. It is a long process with a lot of unknowns -- and a lot of tricky personal stuff we have to go through and ...
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How to politely ask someone not to spread personal information?

A bit of backstory My parents are separated and my Dad has a long-term partner who he has been with for over 10 years now. She (my Dad's partner, let's call her Eve) has a close group of friends who ...
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Handling questions about new tattoo from friends and coworkers

I recently got a tattoo of a semicolon on my wrist. If you haven't heard of semicolon tattoos here is a link to a website that explains it better than I could. The TL;DR is A semicolon is used when ...
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How to ask someone if I can do a background check on them?

I'm currently preparing to cycle the TransAmerica Trail next summer, and am in the process of searching for a traveling companion. The problem though is that, since this is a fairly long trip, it is ...
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How to politely decline continually viewing a coworkers child pictures?

To be clear, I have young children, I have pictures of my children, and I enjoy sharing same when asked about their health/welfare. Rarely do I spontaneously share unless they have done something ...
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How to overcome a fear of seeming intrusive when asking even mildly personal questions?

I am not shy or introverted when it comes to discussing the majority of topics. However, I tend to dislike questions that relate to my friends and family. I don't like giving out information about ...
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How do I avoid / minimise hurtful reactions when revealing information at work?

I work in office environments as a web developer. I also perform as a drag queen as a hobby and spend time advocating for LGBT rights. On past occasions, usually to direct lines of questioning that ...
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How to prevent annoying questions from coworker? [closed]

My co-worker that has often asked me personal questions is annoying as hell, professionally he is incompetent and I do all I can to avoid, evade, and deflect him, his questions and any kind of ...
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Dealing with TMI (Too Much Information)

Some people are natural "sharers". They have no qualms about giving the most intimate details of their lives, diseases, relationships, etc., to even casual acquaintances. One example was a ...