#934: “How do I keep myself together in order to leave a toxic work situation?”

Hi Captain - I have a question about keeping yourself sane while trying to get out of a bad situation. I'm trying to leave my job. Everyone I work with is too. I'm at a very small startup, and the main person in charge is both incredibly demanding and extremely volatile, which makes it virtually … Continue reading #934: “How do I keep myself together in order to leave a toxic work situation?”

#868: “Why don’t you visit more?” “Idk, why don’t YOU visit more?”

Hi Captain Awkward! I have a younger sister (very close in age - Irish twins). She is beautiful, talented, intelligent, witty and fun -- one of those life of the party types, kind of universally beloved. I am more of an average person, and had a tough time growing up under my sister's shadow. My … Continue reading #868: “Why don’t you visit more?” “Idk, why don’t YOU visit more?”

#834: “My mom keeps gifting me with stuff that isn’t just stuff.”

Dear Captain Awkward, Now that my spouse and I have purchased a house, my mother (who is a difficult person, reminiscent of Alice, but with her own special nuances) is constantly sending us my family’s old junk. Here’s how the conversation goes: Mom says (for example), “I have all of these lawn ornaments that have … Continue reading #834: “My mom keeps gifting me with stuff that isn’t just stuff.”

#775: “Mom, stop leaving your anxiety-mouse on my doormat.”

Dear Captain Awkward, My mom has always been something of a worrier. Anxiety runs in our family. But recently, there’s been this special, specific little anxiety bundle my mom’s been trying to hand me and my brother recently, like a cat leaving a mouse on a doorstep. I don’t know what to do with it! … Continue reading #775: “Mom, stop leaving your anxiety-mouse on my doormat.”

#756: “How do I confront my long-term boyfriend with evidence of infidelity?”

Hi - The subject line has most of the relevant details. A friend of a friend (Jane) presented me with a screenshot of messages my boyfriend sent her through a major dating site. The messages themselves are innocent enough (about radio shows and favorite desserts) but whyyyyyyyy are you sending strange women messages on a … Continue reading #756: “How do I confront my long-term boyfriend with evidence of infidelity?”