Hi Captain! I am hoping you can give me some scripts and tips regarding an incredibly awkward work trip that is approaching in about a month. I have been with my company for many years, but have obtained a promotion a year ago and am now remotely supervised. My boss also has another employee is … Continue reading #886: “I’m very anxious about an upcoming work trip. Can you help me figure out how to be professional and take care of myself?”
Dear Captain Awkward, One year ago my father passed away. It was a several year battle against cancer that he eventually lost, and I still miss him deeply. My mother has struggled in the aftermath. She has been overwhelmed with loneliness and sank into a depression. She loved my father deeply and he was her … Continue reading 701: “How do I care for my ill and grieving mom when I am stretched so thin myself?”
A nice person emailed me to wish me a happy new year and also to ask: “What kind of self-care stuff are you doing these days, if you don’t mind me asking?” I don’t mind. Probably the biggest thing I’ve been doing is updating my professional CV, working on my professional portfolio and reel, and … Continue reading Self-Care Stuff/Update
Hello Captain! I’m writing to you about a lady in my friend group who seems to dislike me very much, and makes social gatherings very uncomfortable. Some back story: I started dating my boyfriend Brad about 4 years ago, and hung out with his friend group consisting of his friend from childhood Jake, Jake’s wife … Continue reading #626: Self-care tip: Stop auditioning for the approval of people who dislike you
It’s okay if someone you strongly dislike gets an inkling that the feeling is mutual.
Sometimes when you stop trying to make yourself like someone, it’s easier to keep the peace at parties.
“This bugs me” doesn’t equal “This is wrong,” and this Letter Writer gets that. 🙂
Hi Captain, I’m the youngest kid in a South Asian family. I’ve lived with my parents for four years because I have a career in the arts and have only recently started to earn enough money to pay rent and also, like, eat. I’ve also stayed with them this long because my frail grandma lives … Continue reading #1280: “Am I a terrible daughter for moving out and leaving my mom to care for my grandma?”
Dear Captain Awkward, My 50+ y/o housemate has a problem, and I don’t know how to help. Sounds stupid but her pants are always falling down. At any given moment inch(es) of her rear crack are exposed. It started years ago, most often when she would bend over, but it has progressively gotten worse–any time … Continue reading #1262: “My housemate keeps exposing herself to me/the world/everyone.”
Y’all I have another Vice piece dropping soon and I have to confess I am HOLIDAYED TF OUT RIGHT NOW. Let’s talk endings. Breakups. My wheelhouse. We’ll call the first one #1240: “How do I approach a friend who doesn’t want to talk to me anymore?” Hey Captain Awkward, Here is my dilemma: I am … Continue reading #1240 and #1241: “Closure” Is The Gift You Give Yourself