Dear Captain Awkward, So, I’m turning 30, and I don’t know how to interact with people. I think it’s because I’ve had OCD from at least the age of 9—real OCD, with repugnant obsessions about incest and such, not “I color coordinate my sock drawer”—and like a lot of people I kept it a secret. … Continue reading #652: Operation: How Do I People?
Dear Captain Awkward:I used to hang out with Friend Group, and dated a guy in that group for two years. When we broke up five years ago, I moved to a different neighborhood and saw them less because I needed space and because I was starting to move away from them socially. Since then, I … Continue reading #618: My ex is pushing me out of our friend group.
Let's play the game where we answer the questions people typed into search engines to find this place. Punctuation added. Wording unchanged. 1. "My bf won't choose me over his brothers that are rude to me."I don't know what the nature of this choice is, like, probably your boyfriend won't ever cut off or stop talking to … Continue reading It Came From the Search Terms: August And Everything After
It's July, so time for the monthly "let's answer the stuff people typed into search engines" post. It is, as always, a very mixed bag of topics. 1. "Is my partner's family using my family for money? Help!" I feel like there is a lot of backstory and context here that would be valuable to … Continue reading Shall I Compare Thee To a Summer’s Day? July Search Terms
Hi Captain, I have a friend. He's a reasonably good friend and has been there for me during some tough times. Which is why I feel guilty about what I'm about to say. For the last year or so, we’ve spent a lot of time together chatting and hanging out. We had some sexual tension … Continue reading #587: Renegotiating a friendship with Velcro Victor
Dear Captain Awkward, I used to have a really close friend who I'll call A. A and I went to the same middle school, high school, and college, and for several years we talked online together almost every day. Then, about two years ago, she stopped talking to me. At first, I thought she was … Continue reading #566: My closest friend broke off our friendship, and now I don’t know how to stop feeling lonely and isolated.
Edited To Add: If you wrote one of the many (now deleted) treatises on The Darkest Evils of The Other Woman And How They Deserve Our Collective Scorn and Hatred, and how they must accept the possibility of violence at the hands of those they've wronged as the forseeable fruits of their sins, thanks for the … Continue reading #561: “I had an affair with a married guy three years ago. His wife just found out and rang me up.”
Now and then it's interesting to see the search terms that bring people here, and, since they are in the form of a question, give some short answers. I've added punctuation but otherwise left the texts unaltered. "Pushing someone to accept something they aren't ready to." Is doomed. You can maybe get someone to say … Continue reading It Came From the Search Terms
Hi Captain! I'm having a bit of a boundary issue. About six months ago, I ended a one-year relationship that had become deeply dysfunctional. My boyfriend at the time was very depressed, was using drugs, and was by turns distant and emotionally cruel. I still care about him a lot and I know that most … Continue reading #480: Post-breakup friend custody with a gross congealed moldy side of stalking
Morning, Dear Captain: I have a friend who I suspect is battling some pretty severe anxiety/depression problems. It makes her extremely defensive and difficult to be around, because literally anything you say can trigger FEELINGSBOMBS packed with rusty nails of self-pity that then require tedious removal and soothing via her preferred social media channels. She … Continue reading #443: Ending the reign of FEELINGSTERROR (slight edit)