The Geek Social Fallacies are powerful, but they are not invincible.
Bold of your mom to set herself up as the sole arbiter of your life circumstances, Letter Writer!
Convert "What should I do?" questions to "How will I do the thing I'm most afraid of?" and see how you feel.
The answer to "how to make someone _____" is almost always, "Sorry, you can't make anybody do anything."
People* are in the mood for something with relatively low stakes, right?
*Me, I'm People
The problem with informal agreements.
When in doubt, remove pressure and think of learning a new skill as "practice." Content Note: Brief mention of kink in the question. If you're a child and/or the concept of D/s relationships irks you, skip this one.
In which the Party Planning Committee consists of one exhausted pregnant lady trying to please everyone.
A guest post from S. Bear Bergman of Asking Bear about how to make new friends and find date partners. Bear will be answering questions live with the Captain on Sunday May 15, tix at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asking-bear-with-special-guest-captain-awkward-tickets-326018549257
Both anxious and avoidant attachment styles respond badly to pressure and benefit from structure, or, "Mom, I can't be your on-call therapist."