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How to prevent family from treating you like a child?

I am 24 years old, financially independent for the last 5 years and I live on my own as well. I'm a straight A student, happily engaged. Yet all members of my family communicate to me like I'm a ...
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How to appear less insensitive when texting with female dates

I am a male student who has been an introvert almost my entire life, and not having many female friends. Currently, I’m in college and due to the nature of my course, I did not have the chance to meet ...
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Dating under Covid-19 [closed]

My state (Massachusetts, US) is currently on lockdown. While the official policy is only that gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, many people I know are entirely refraining from seeing ...
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Tactfully asking a date you are interested in having further dates with to slow down physical escalation

United States, situation that arises out of expectation of traditional gender roles. Say that Bob goes on a couple if dates with Alice. Alice suddenly and unexpectedly escalates the relationship to ...
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Roommate left for a long time and suddenly returned. Bathroom was messy on day he got back and he complained to landlord

I feel like it's too late to recover the situation at this point but am wondering what I could've done differently to avoid this conflict. I share a bathroom with a roommate in a house. Without ...
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How to tell girlfriend that vague answers about her day leave a bad feeling in me?

First and foremost: I do have a really great relationship with my girlfriend. We trust each other blindly, never argue, almost everything is perfect and we are happy with each other. But one thing ...
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How can I ask a friend what his address is without raising suspicion about a gift I'll send them?

I have a birthday gift for my friend who lives in another country. I know what his address is, but I want to make sure he can receive packages or see if he moved or something. I also don't want to ...
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How should I interact with a person who deeply believes in astrology and judges me through that lens?

I am sure that a lot of us have met people who are very deep into astrology, to the point that sometimes they judge other people almost solely based on that. I myself am not an enthusiast of said ...
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Playing the assumption game

Over the past years my husband's stepmother has hosted a Christmas Eve gathering. However, as things changed the event changed. So my husband's family gets together on Christmas Eve and her family ...
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How to explain to family that I don't want to keep fixing the same tech problems?

Firstly, I have a very good relationship with my family and there are no issues on that front. However, due to me working in a technical capacity professionally all of the technical questions / issues ...
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How to politely decline an opportunity to be involved in a pyramid scheme?

I have a friend who is involved in a Multi-Level Marketing scheme (which sounds a lot like a pyramid scheme). She often invites me to events where she sells things. When we meet outside these nights, ...
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Are there any common hand signals/gestures one can use while wearing a mask that can communicate simple things to others?

I live in New York City — The Big Apple! One of the largest cities in the world! — and also the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. As such, I’ve been wearing a mask daily for ...
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How can you get closure from ending a toxic family relationship?

My cousins (all in the same family) and I bicker, a lot. I don't like that they tend to harass my grandmother when she shares political posts. When this happens, I tend to call my cousins out for ...
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How do I teach my elder sister responsibility without ruining our relationship?

I am 23, sister is 25. Some important backstories to note: My elder sister was kind of spoiled as a child. She was never demanded to do chores as a young and it reflects in adulthood where she is not ...
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Day out w his parents [closed]

Good afternoon, so his parents [70yo]is going out on a boat tmr at lunch time to celebrate as the situation is getting a bit better here in Australia And I am wondering what I [30FM] should bring over ...
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Online course for critical thinking [closed]

Can you please suggest some sites which offer free certification course on critical thinking?
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How much protection from me coming out as a transwoman does my child need? [migrated]

I am a transwoman or feeling like that. My wife says she accepts my coming out and my needs in this direction but wants that neither she (which is desirable and not the topic here. She says it's for ...
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How do I refuse doing something for my possibly narcissistic grandmother?

I live with my possibly narcissistic grandmother, she is about 75 years old and has progressive hearing loss. Basically, it's almost impossible to get her into therapy now, and if she is truly ...
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Why did the girl who had a crush on me rejected me? [closed]

I met this girl in my new college. We had some similar interests that no one else in the entire college has that we know of. We got to talking during this quarantine, I found her relatable in more ...
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How do I regain rapport with a recruiter whose phone screen meeting I missed?

Background Today I had a scheduling mishap for a phone screening with a recruiter. She had the meeting scheduled at 1:30 p.m., and I sincerely thought it was scheduled at 3:00p.m. I work in an area ...
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How to tell my friends to forget all our past conversations and trust me from now on?

I am 21 years of age and I've been a stupid teller of lies in my past. I've almost never lied in situations where it can be hurtful or destructive. I usually have had spun yarns about past life ...
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How to correct my dad's misconception of my partner?

My dad appears to have a long-standing misconception about my partner of nearly 10 years. He seems to believe she does very little to contribute, either in terms of labour or financially. Neither of ...
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How to be persistent but not annoying when dealing with property manager

I'm trying to get my property manager to move me (total household = me + minor child) from a 1 bedroom unit to a 2 bedroom unit. I actually thought this would be a simple request but it's not ...
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Asking housemate’s partners to contribute toward bills during pandemic?

I share a 5 bedroom house with 4 others. We all get on and they are nice people. As the Coronavirus spread in the UK I was put on furlough (temporary leave paid for by the government, as long as I ...
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Meeting new people and telling them my field of work X and they say they could never understand X or hated X in school? [closed]

I'm a graduate student in physics. When meeting new people (mutual acquaintances, workout groups, meeting random people while out and about), eventually the question is often asked: what do you do? I ...
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How to tell my girlfriend I'm uncomfortable with her getting jealous when I look at other people?

So it's been 4 months since we started dating. I'm aware that she is insecure and jealous but it has been going worse since we started dating. At first she started complaining about me hanging out ...
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Primary roommate wants me to give him copy of key to my bedroom and I don't want to

A few months ago I moved into a shared house. Things are great. The area is good, rent is moderate, house itself is good, and I do like the people I live with. However, someone is making a request/...
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How to deal with my project manager?

I've been a software developper at an IT company for the last 3.5 years now and I've pretty much enjoyed it so far. About 9 months ago, I've asked to work on another project as my former attributions ...
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Is it appropriate to ask “when do you sleep normally” to a new friend? [closed]

A and B are from America and new friends to each other. They met in an online chat room in the evening and talked for a while. B worried about it's a little late and asked when do you sleep ...
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How can I tell a coworker about my feelings for her without damaging our working relationship?

A coworker and close friend of mine is in a serious relationship; one day she may well marry her current boyfriend. Even so, I’ve had strong romantic feelings for her for approximately a year. I’ve ...
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How can I convey negative feedback in a positive and constructive way?

Imagine walking into a restaurant to look at a menu and instead of saying "I'll have a think about it" and wander off, you instead said "actually, I've found a place for cheaper so I'm going there now"...
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How can I refuse to kiss my mother while minimizing the hurt feelings?

Note: this has nothing to do with the current pandemic. I don't like physical contact, especially kisses and especially when I don't fully trust the person touching me. Also, my current relationship ...
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How to respond to strangers who shout compliments across the street?

One sunny afternoon, I was walking down a relatively large downtown street in Canada, when I head a loud voice from across the street: Nice shirt! Looking good! I immediately turned my head and ...
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How do I approach my mentor with concerns related to my group project's team members?

So, here's the situation - We're a group of four students in freshman year of college, being mentored by a student in senior year for a summer-long project. My group members though, don't seem to ...
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Is it rude to use a driveway to turn around in the road?

In Australia when I want to turn around in a street I sometimes use the driveway of private houses to turn in and then then back out again and go the reverse direction on the road. When I go in I don'...
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What are some possible ways to maintain multiple friendships/friendship circles?

Context I'm in my early twenties. Most of my friends are either at the tail-end of their university degrees or have recently started working (I fall into this group). I have around 2 social friend ...
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How can I communicate with my family and friend that they would appreciate the way I am?

I don't know...one day I was told by a friend that I was being too persnickety. I don't know that word to be honest so I looked up. Persnickety means someone being picky or fussy. I don't think I am ...
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How to tell other video game players it's not okay to ask for certain items repeatedly?

Background: In a certain video game, people can trigger a certain event, using items they have to work for to get (It is considered a moderate deal to get the items.) The event is wanted by all ...
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Using the name as a reference to someone unfamiliar to the hearer [closed]

Imagine a dialogue: You: What did you do yesterday? Someone else: I was out with Charlie. You: Who is Charlie? Do you find it appropriate to reference someone unfamiliar to the hearer by ...
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How to deal with unwanted touching from a friend? [closed]

Background: A few nights ago we were partying at that a friends house. The guys had quite a lot to drink and I ended up being the last girl to leave. My closest guy friend currently or not now ...
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Why people don't take their responsibilities

I have a brother, 17 years old. He never likes the school. He doesn't do any homework, repeats courses, and he remains the same. He doesn't eat well, and only wants to talk with their friends. I've ...
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Classmate is being deported - how could I politely offer to buy their furniture?

My classmate is being deported from the U.S. due to visa issues and has no intentions of returning in the coming years - they plan to join a lab at university in their home country. They're really ...
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How to communicate face-to-face with a person who never stops talking and listen?

I have a colleague at work who when speaking will keep talking without taking a breath AT ALL. I recorded our last call and checked the time he was talking vs. the time I was talking. He was talking ...
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Meeting after a breakup - how to explain I now understand the problems we had?

A little backstory: I am a 25 year old man. About 3 years ago I started dating a woman and we lived happily. Some points it seemed too perfect. I mean we never argued. Maybe this caused the breakup. ...
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How to ask a female friend to stop harassing my boyfriend?

Back Story: When we were in high-school, a male friend of mine (let's say X) developed a crush on another friend (Y). Ever since he told her about this, she started acting as if she owned him. She ...
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How to ask ex-girlfriend to delete nude pictures of us that she took?

An ex-girlfriend whom I used to date around two years ago is in town. We had broken up amicably and have kept in touch somewhat. We are planning to meet this week to catch up. Back when we were ...
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I slapped my 8 year old cousin. What was a better way to handle the situation?

I am a 24 year old boy. My aunt was visiting our home. Her son is an eight year old. He is a most uncontrollable, hyperactive boy. For example, he will switch on the television, watch it from about ...
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How can I deal with good friends who suffer from a lack of self-esteem — and rightly so?

I have a few friends, very good ones amonst them, that suffer from low self-esteem that leads them to lack drive and evergy in both everyday and professional lives. Over the years, I tried to help and ...
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How do I politely end a cold call I've received?

I've kept my phone numbers out of the public domain now, as I really do not like being cold called by businesses or charities. I have found that I used to try and be polite, but then the person ...
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How to deal with strong political disagreements with my sensitive girlfriend?

Me and my girlfriend (both in our early 20s) disagree a lot on various political issues in and out of our country, and those disagreements cause her a lot of grief as she is a very sensitive person ...

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