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Another thing to consider is the zoning out and being sad could very well be due to her having forgotten what comes next. This is a very real and frustrating part of this condition. If she at least is still remembering that she had forgotten that bit, she'll be very reluctant to re-attempt that story. It may be better to encourage her to tell a different ...


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There are multiple reasons why people may behave this way, and recognising their motivation for "wittering" may be helpful in choosing an approach for dealing with it. One reason a person may "witter", particularly in the style of your example whereby they quickly change the subject to themselves, is that they have conversational narcissism - "a desire to ...


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If this happened more than once, then you should already have set up a specific conversation about it. Forget about "sending hints", especially if you do this only at the heat of the moment. If I liked to brag about my salary, I'd love if people asked me how much I make, but I would still send a hint implying that I don't like discussing the matter. This is ...


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I'm unfortunately quite familiar with embarrassing parents that refuse to stop partaking in a certain behavior or conversational tactic no matter how much you ask. In my case, my father would almost always insist on flirting with waitresses at restaurants we went to, even though he is significantly older than them and even when my mother is present. It was ...


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I'm guessing that the reason he does this is to brag. In a world where money sometimes gets confused with status, earning above average suggest a above average status. I'm making a small assumption that he uses that to show off. When I get asked how much I make (or in this case, when your father asks you to tell someone) I reply with a simple: "Enough :)"...


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I share your cringe. It's helpful to keep in mind that he might not necessarily refer to the women, but the culture. If a culture emphasises family values (as Eastern European cultures do) then the role of a housekeeper will come up. Similarly, men from those cultures are also expected to make good husbands and providers. It's not necessarily sexist to ...


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Background My condolences on the loss of your mother-in-law, that is a very difficult situation. Something to note, everyone is grieving and may make even simple interactions more difficult (even if it has been months since the passing). It sounds like the eldest brother might feel like he needs to step up and try to fill the shoes of his parent. On top of ...


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As a gamer myself, I have been there and completely empathize with your situation! If you are able to send offline messages, doing so as soon as you are able would be best. If you can only message them while they are online, it may be difficult but I think it would be worth trying to find them and let them know. (I've even added people to friends lists so I ...


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I only have a partial answer. I'm not a parent, so I can talk about the parenting issue. However, I often have trouble expressing myself. When I'm talking to someone and the conversation gets heated, I lose my words and I'm unable to clearly express myself anymore. I also have the same issue when I have to talk in a situation that I find stressful. Like ...


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