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How to deal with anxiety/control issues in relationship

Here's a brief rundown of the situation: I have issues with fears of abandonment that manifest in very strong anxiety triggered by certain things, such as my girlfriend going out partying for the ...
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In an early relationship, how can I handle my partner's deep depression and not be an enabler?

As a preface, I apologize if this question seems off-topic; it is a twisted problem that I have tried to narrow down to a single, good question that addresses the lump sum of my concerns and issues ...
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How to open up to someone about loving them, when you don't know if they love you back?

I feel attracted to someone. I did have a relationship with her before (we were little children at that time, 5-7 years old), but we couldn't continue because of age and distance. We are both ...
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How should my wife handle an engaged admirer and his fiancee?

My wife is currently attending university (final year) and, over the course of our 8 year relationship, she has inadvertently drawn the attention of a number of individuals who seek a relationship ...
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How can I help someone over the loss of their dog?

I have a sad situation with my girlfriend; however, I think a bit of context is needed to know for better understanding. We have been together for 3 months now and I am actually her first real ...
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How can I tell my boyfriend “I told you so” without sounding too full of myself?

What I'm about to describe is in relation to this How can I tell a friend they need to help with what they promised because what they promised can't wait? My boyfriend and I decided to help out ...
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How to get over nervousness and prepare for meeting significant other's parents?

I am the kind of person that is a little shy/awkward when first meeting people, but get better over time, the longer I have to warm up to them. The problem is that this initial nervousness is quite a ...
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I'm very introverted and only have one friend, do I ask too much of him? [closed]

I'm a male college student and I've really only got one friend. I never know how to interact with other people. I'm quite good at programming but that's probably the only thing I'm particularly good ...
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Can I tell my girlfriend that I'm too lazy to meet up? [closed]

Yesterday I wanted to meet my girlfriend in the evening but after taking a shower I was sort of lazy and decided to spend the evening reading instead of going out in the cold. We did not have a proper ...
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How can I ask my ex's parents how my ex is feeling after the break-up without making it too awkward?

My ex-boyfriend and I had a difficult break-up. We haven't talked much since but I recently got a message from him about how he can't even enjoy watching TV shows anymore because this is something we ...
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How to handle my girlfriend when she takes things wrong way? [closed]

About Me Before stating the problem I want to tell you about me. I am a bit of an introvert and very shy around girls. I also have a hard time communicating with people and I don't talk to people a ...
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How to help my girlfriend with her lack of self-confidence? [duplicate]

My girlfriend and I are together for little over a year now. She has big problems with self-esteem and little to no sense of self-worth, which I think is at least in part due to parental abuse and -...
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How to communicate to someone that I want to keep a relationship casual?

I didn't see a related or similar question, but if you can find one, please link it and I'll close this. Background I had little experience in high school and college and learned some of my skills ...
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How to clearly communicate that you're asking someone on a date?

It seems to me that it's sometimes difficult to both stay within the social protocol and also communicate your intentions clearly. As an example of this, I once asked a girl I knew out to see a ...
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How can I talk to my boyfriend about chores “sharing”?

Background I have been living with my boyfriend for three months. Both of us are working as trainees in different companies, but while he has 2 hours of daily commuting, I can reach my workplace ...
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How to tell girlfriend I don't want to meet without hurting her feelings?

My girlfriend and I have "fixed" days we see each other, because we normally don't have time on other days. Sometimes, it happens that her training gets cancelled and she has time that evening and ...
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How to explain to someone that expecting a favour from you is rude?

Context My partner and I are co-habiting, living with my parents. I commute to work Monday to Friday, working 38 hours a week. My partner works from home. He wakes up with me in the mornings to see ...
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How to help my girlfriend get her confidence back? [closed]

My girlfriend and I have been dating for a little over a year now, and while I consider her to be an amazing person, she has an extremely low opinion of herself, calling herself "worthless" or the ...
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How do I deal with frequent demands for attention? [closed]

I've been seeing a girl for a little while now. And there's this pattern that keeps happening which is driving me to insanity. It roughly goes like this: 1: Early in the day I say I can't meet her ...
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Is it mistaken to express feelings clearly and fully in an email? [closed]

The easiest way to explain what precisely I'm asking is by quoting an email (minor edits) written to me by a well-meaning person with whom I was discussing a relationships issue. To help ensure that I ...
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How should I address scheduling phone or video calls with my long distance girlfriend?

Currently, I live about 10 miles outside Cambridge, UK. My girlfriend lives a similar distance away, but in the opposite direction. A journey to visit her is about 2 hours via public transport, which ...
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How to stop a friendship from blossoming into a romance? [closed]

Current situation John and Ashley are friends. They are of opposite genders. John Introvert Has very few friends. Primarily boys. Tech-savvy In an unconventional way. He seeks perfection. Great ...
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Afraid of losing best friends, how can I tell them?

I have a group of friends with whom I've spent pretty much all of my time during high school and my childhood. We played on the same sports team, spent every free minute playing video games etc. I was ...
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How do I encourage my partner to use his time more efficiently?

My partner and I both work from home, and we each have varying degrees of work each day, but at the moment I am working more hours on average. Usually we decide together what we'll eat, we'll make a ...
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Should you inform someone their partner is cheating on them? [closed]

Let's say I know someone quite well but have never met their other half. I know he is a regular cheater in their relationship of 6 years but as far as I know, she has no idea. Should I inform her on ...
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How can I react in a constructive way when I've caused hurt or offence? [closed]

I am not a well organised or responsible adult, and I'm often self-absorbed and careless. Not to the point where I have trouble holding down a job or making friends or suchlike, but enough to ensure ...
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Girl keep testing my commitment even when its been a year since we got together. How do I convince her?

I have been with this girl a year now. She is well behaved, caring and all. But every once in a while she try to test my commitment. For example she if I come up with some plans for weekends, she ...
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Is it rude to compliment Northern/Western European girls on their appearance? [closed]

In countries like China, Japan, South Korea (the three countries I'm most familiar with), it is quite common, though a few feminists here and there don't like it, that men mention a girl's appearance ...
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How can I help my partner handle pressure?

Situation My boyfriend and I are in the situation that we are actually starting to live our future. We have been together for 5 years now and have gone through much together. I'm in my mid-twenties ...
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How can I talk with my older cousin about his sexuality?

I came out for my family about 6 months ago. I was 23 at the time, and everyone was shocked. They have a very limited mind about those things: asking me if I'll be dressing like a girl, if I want to ...
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Disclosing medical condition on relationship start

I'm 30, male, been with an IBD somewhere in between UC and Chrons since I was a teenager, during the past 10 years I've had several big operations and many small ones. I've had an ileostomy (I'm ...
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How to ask from somebody I can't remember, where did we meet?

He is working in the same office building but by a different company. He welcomed me sometimes already, and it was clear he remembers me from somewhere. Also, I remember his face, however, I can't ...
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What to do if my family keeps trying to fix my relationship with a family member?

I've been estranged from my abusive mother for some time now. We always had problems and she suddenly stopped talking to me, which by no means upset me - I've been feeling better after this, because ...
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Can you help someone become more self aware?

The TL:DR is the actual heading. The rest is all backstory on why I am asking. I am asking if I can (or maybe even should try) to assist my spouse on becoming more self aware. My husband and I were ...
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Partner reading my phone messages [closed]

My girlfriend and I are 27-28 years of age. Recently I have caught her going through my phone when I am out of the room and read my text messages, e-mails, Facebook..., checking who I was interacting ...
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How to deal when you are too excited about someone you just met?

I just met a girl through a friend and so far, we haven't stopped talking not even for a second. Even though I'm really excited, she is friendly with everyone. Like really friendly. To understand a ...
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Bringing up mental illness to dates?

I have bipolar disorder. It is under control, but I read that my children might inherit it and my medicines might affect unborn children. But, I'd like to get married and have children. After ...
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Is it possible for my friend to resume communication with his unofficial sister without earning her husband's mistrust?

Note: this question may have a strong Indian context, but I am looking for inputs from members all over the world. Eight years ago a close friend of mine, aged 30 at the time, met an 18-year-old girl ...
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How to deal with someone who always takes, but never gives back? [closed]

About a year ago, I became acquaintances with a guy who I thought just needed a little help getting things started. He has asked me to lend him money a few times, and I have always refused since I don'...
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What should I do to appear less 'creepy' to people?

I'm a 21-year-old black male who is 5ft 4in (165cm). With my stature described, my physique appears relatively 'soft' compared to the average adult, however, I think my personality or behavior along ...
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Dealing with differences in fandom in relationships?

What are some methods for handling extreme fandom in dating relationships? The question arises with the new season of Game of Thrones, but I'd like to keep it a little more general. Fandom is a ...
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How to say I want to stop having sex unless the relationship becomes serious?

I'm from a conservative culture, but now I'm living in a culture where having sex within the first few dates is a norm. I have been able to cope with that, because the early non-serious stage of ...
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How to manage someone flirting with my partner at a party?

When at a party with my partner, someone was flirting with him and kept putting her hand on his leg. I found myself becoming very jealous, but didn't say anything, and got more and more angry, as he ...
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How to develop romance in a casual, interrupted relationship? [closed]

I was in a relationship with a woman, went out on several dates (more than 3), but, nothing exciting happened. We didn't break up, we just kind of stopped talking to each other. About a year later (...

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