Hello! If you're just arriving here from Freshly Pressed, please come in and stay awhile. The site policies about commenting are here. A glossary of inside jokes and references is here. Dear Captain & Friends, A while ago, I had a falling out with a lover I'd had for a relatively short time. They are … Continue reading #442: Clearing the air (but only if you feel like it) + Pledge Drive Week (but only if you feel like it).
Dear Captain Awkward, My boyfriend and I have been going out for about a year and he is the best and I hope we stay together for a very long time. Lately (being about half a year) I've been dealing with feelings of jealousy. And not toward other women, he has never given me a … Continue reading #366: Attention and jealousy and Skype.
Thanks to everyone who came to yesterday's gelato-eating and gab session. The best part was sitting at the table and being able to identify who was there for the meetup by their 1) excellent fashion choices 2) friendly demeanor and 3) carrying-of-books. I'm sure we'll do other Chicago-based events, though as a reminder, you don't … Continue reading #353 & #354: Bathrooms, Butts, and Boundaries
Ahoy there, Captain, and fellow Awkward Army. As I am typing this, work has been massively stressful and busy for me--I work at the busiest gas station in my city and despite being part time, I consistently get 40-hour/at least 30-hour work weeks; the end of the summer semester is drawing very near, and next … Continue reading #330: Life blows. How can I be nice to myself again?
Dear Captain Awkward, My wife has contributed so much to my life. In college, I made a difficult transition from developmentally-challenged homeschooled Evangelical missionary wannabe to Libertarian to a proto-value-actual-people-and-outcomes-and-recognize-cognitive-biases-and-reject-satisfying-internal-consistencies-ist. The latter doesn't actually have content; I was shattered and adrift, trying to find my voice. Hell, discovering the phrase, "find my voice" was actually … Continue reading #311: My wife freaks out whenever I’m away from her.
Dear Captain Awkward: I've always been a little different from most people, and it was only about a year ago that I was finally diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. This came as a somewhat crushing blow to my already dwindling self-esteem. I've honestly thought about suicide numerous times because of it, It just makes me feel as … Continue reading #303: “I was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s and I’m kind of freaking out about it.”
I'm waiting for a Quicktime Render from Hell to finish. Here's a question. Dear Captain Awkward, I'm in a messy and unhappy situation, which isn't really what I'm writing about. The awkward kind of comes in with how I'm handling it. A member of my boyfriend's immediate family has a terminal illness and in addition, … Continue reading #232: Going through a rough patch and taking it out on your partner.
Dear Captain Awkward, So there’s this guy, let’s call him James. We have been friends for several years and in this, our last year of medical school, have slowly gone from drunken making-out, to friends with benefits, to casually dating. It has been exciting and awesome, but we were both more or less expecting this … Continue reading #217: The Almost-Doctor with the Almost-Boyfriend
Dear Captain, I'm writing because I'm scared to break up with my boyfriend. Not scared of him, he's a lovely person and would never hurt me, scared of what would happen to the rest of my life if I did. You see, I'm at university, in my second year, and have been going out with him since a month … Continue reading Question #181: “I’m afraid if I end my relationship I’ll lose all of my friends.”
Dear Captain Awkward, I have some pretty intense reactions to being physically touched. Basically, I can’t stand being physically touched by most people – and I especially don’t like being hugged. It makes me feel trapped and physically sick. I’ve learnt to deal with it on occasions where it would be awkward or rude not … Continue reading Question #154: I have extreme anxiety about being touched and hugged. How do I survive an upcoming funeral?