Good fences continue to make good neighbors, metaphorically and literally.
"Dear Captain Awkward, how can I find out if my crush likes me back?" Nature is healing!
There's a lot to be said sometimes for faking it until you make it, but I'm a big fan of dropping the act and dropping the shame right along with it.
If you don't know what to say, revert to first principles: Something is probably better than nothing.
When you want to share an extremely mood-ruining thing (death of a parent) without ruining the mood: Be brief and direct, and let other people be nice to you for a minute.
Numbness can be a survival skill, but the feeling's gotta come back sometime.
The question u asked: "How do I decline future social invitations from people I don't like anymore?"
The question I answered: "It is okay to outgrow friendships and only RSVP 'yes' to the parties you want to attend."
Probably just tell people when they have spinach in their teeth and when they have unintentional crotch displays.
Was your dentist flirting with you?
No. And if he was, gross.
"Say, Old Bean, it was really fun to have sex for a while, but I'm going to need you to find a new topic of conversation."