Hi Captain: I was raised by a mom who used the silent treatment. Whenever she was really mad about something- maybe once a month- she'd just shut down for several days at a time and not talk to anyone except to sneer at them. This only applied to people in my immediate family- my dad … Continue reading #339: My mom gives me the silent treatment.
Dear Captain Awkward, I'm in a wonderful, 5-1/2 year relationship with a great guy. It's not all sunshine and roses (what relationship is?) but we've built a solid, great thing based on mutual respect, and I'm 100% sure he's the one I want to spend the rest of my life with/meld my DNA with in … Continue reading #329: My partner won’t set boundaries with his horrible family.
Should there ever be a Captain Awkward Dot Com Meetup, I will acquire a bunch of these coloring books and the big boxes of crayons (and some silver and gold gel pens) and have a table where people can hang out and color. Right? Right. Thanks, Cleolinda! Today's letters are on the less happy topics … Continue reading #313 & #314: Broken Friendships
Hello! I took a few days off to work at my real job and go to the movies and read books and hang out with my boyfriend. It was awesome and I will be doing more of that + shooting a short film in August. Old business: If you donated to the pledge drive via … Continue reading #312: Aftermath
Captain Awkward, I'm having a family issue I'm not even sure how to approach. I don't know if this is a legitimate problem, just me overreacting, or a combination thereof, but I'd appreciate any advice you and your wonderful commentariat might have to offer. Right now, I'm a twenty-year-old college student living at home for … Continue reading #299: My family likes to play a game where they competitively insult me until I cry. Is this a legitimate problem?
Good Afternoon, Captain A, I'd like to ask you for help. Specifically, I'm having a hard time dealing with my parents. Let me explain the situation. I'm currently twenty, a rising junior in college, and planning to study abroad next semester. The school that I currently attend is around a thousand miles away from home, … Continue reading #283: “How do I tell my parents I’m not moving back home with them after graduation?”
Hello everyone. Captain Awkward here. This post involves some deeply harrowing no-good shit, so we're putting everything behind a cut. Also of note: This post, you'll notice the byline above, is a guest contribution of Marie (of The House is full of EVIL BEES fame), now promoted to Private First Class in the Awkward Army. … Continue reading #209: My mom is pressuring me to invite my molester to my wedding, and it sucks BIG TIME.
Hi Captain, I am a twenty-something girl who has absolutely no clue how to act in social situations. My partner of 5 years refuses to take me to restaurants or pubs, because I always ruin the mood by saying something stupid or embarrassing. I'm big on social media and connecting the conversation to recent events, which … Continue reading #194: “I am so socially awkward that my boyfriend won’t take me anywhere.”
I really, really need commenters who have experience with domestic violence/abuse counseling to weigh in here, thanks. This Letter Writer needs help from someone who doesn't have to Google "domestic violence resources" to answer the question. Captain Awkward, Hi! I'm a 19 year old college student and I live with my parents. It's not an … Continue reading Question #169: My dad hit me.
Hi Captain Awkward, I am a 21-year-old college student about to begin my last year of school. My family is a bit nuts. My 22-year-old brother, diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at an early age, receives money from the government monthly and has never worked. My dad is in his 60s and also receives … Continue reading Question #122: Should I move away from my abusive family?