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Dealing with older people who insist on doing everything themselves, refusing help and hoarding skills/knowledge

This is something I've noticed with older people, mainly men - the desire to do e.g. household or other maintenance-type tasks themselves, without explaining how to do it, even preferring that I'm not ...
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Dealing with Extremely Chatty Housemates

I am a graduate student at the moment and sharing a house with undergraduate students. What I've noticed is that a lot of undergraduate students who are studying let's say relatively soft subjects ...
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How do you respond (in a reasonable manner) when a less-educated friend suggests reasons for your current psychiatric disorder?

My friend suggested that a recent and ongoing flare of my autoimmune disease was causing my ongoing depression. She is a very close friend, and I love her dearly, but she is much less educated than I ...
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Roommate nagging about cooking at night!

I am a student living in a shared big house in Canada with 4 other roommates working already. I am busy doing research during the day, usually from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. I have to cook at night. Apart ...
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How do I chase a teacher who hasn't replied to my messages despite reading them?

I'm studying a course remotely, and sent my teacher a message on Teams about 10 days ago now, asking a question. No response, but I can see the read receipt. Hoping to prompt a reply, I asked another ...
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Conflicted on if, when & how to breakup after death of partner's family member?

We're in a LDR, he's 40 I'm 33. Main issuing being that Communication has been off for several months now. There have been serious network issues where calls don't even connect days on end (first time ...
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How can I respectfully ask my landlady to use english when in my home?

When our landlady comes into our place she always brings a relative. When they talk to us they use english. When they talk to each other they use their native tongue, which they know we don't ...
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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 do you point out major design flaws gently?

I left my old uni society for a year to work in industry, and in that time the team that succeeded me have designed and built most of the aircraft I was working on. Had it not have been for the ...
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Best way to respond to continue possible friendship

I am taking an online course. Two days ago, the instructor organized a meeting of all the students. I liked one of them – he is senior to me, and seems like a nice sort of person, friendly-like – and ...
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How do I regain respect and professionalism in the face of petty criticism, while learning from said criticism?

Background I am a high energy person and do tend to snap easily when I have a perfect storm of tiredness, constant work pressure, lack of human interaction due to COVID, and simultaneously spending a ...
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personal attack because of a political comment

We're 5 couples that known each other for many years and we decided to have a breakfast in a nice park. During the breakfast we spoke about the US election on a very intellectual level and one of the ...
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How to organise with other parents at school

Last March when the Covid-19 pandemic reached my country, at some schools the parents had organized and told the school as a group they were not letting their kids come in on Monday. This did not ...
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How to mend a friendship when someone thought I was joking about having a girlfriend?

So I was recently chatting to someone who I had not seen for sometime and wanted to encourage them to return to a club that I had often seen them at previously. I went out for coffee with them once, ...
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My wife wants to support her parents far more than me (mainly financially)

I have been married to the daughter of my father's cousin for 1+ years. My father has a very friendly relationship with this cousin. Following are my observations about my wife's and her parents' ...
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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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Repel flattery used to start conversations

I get annoyed with this. People start conversations with flattery like: you have got this, you have got that you cover 360 degrees. which I know is flattery with inferior motives. I get irritated ...
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Friends doesn't get gift at their wedding

We are a group of close friends. 2 Months ago, two of our friends got married. Usually we give a gift to them when they hold a party. But, because of the coronavirus, they didn't hold any party, just ...
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How to interact with narcissistic(?) people positively while not encouraging their behavior

I have been wondering how to approach people with an unrealistic sense of self-importance in a positive manner (both for those who are not receptive to feedback about it, and those who are more open ...
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How should I approach old contacts/mentors for work opportunities & references?

I am at a point in my career where I'm looking for new opportunities and am thinking of switching streams to research. Most such opportunities require you to have references from past mentors/teachers....
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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 ...