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How to signal to partner that I'm unresponsive because I'm focussing on something?

Perhaps the problem is that when you reply with a distracted "yes", your partner cannot distinguish between whether you are fine but focusing on something, or not fine but not willing to ...
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How to signal to partner that I'm unresponsive because I'm focussing on something?

Like many small frictions in relationships I feel like this is another case of failure in communication. The failure happens before you zone out though and now, or well, before the focus happens is ...
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Is it appropriate for foreigners to thank US veterans for their service?

As a vet, I wouldn't find it any different to hear it from an American or someone living in the US who was from another country. What I would warn of is that there are vets, particularly younger vets, ...
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Is it appropriate for foreigners to thank US veterans for their service?

When I lived in the USA, I met some people in this situation. My "american mom (1)" was married to a Patrick Air Force Base-based colonel. When I first met him, at their home, I didn't know ...
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How to interpret and respond to people who belittle themselves?

I am a (retired) software developer, and have a family member who is blind. Although not a dev, this person is very tech-savvy using smart phones, computers, braille readers, etc, and manages to get ...
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How to interpret and respond to people who belittle themselves?

Actually, "I tried to program and I can't" is not destroying themselves. It's at most a mild put-down of themselves, though that is not how they intend it. What they are trying to say is &...
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