As promised...more "If you're 'not allowed' to say no to someone, they are not acting like friends" content. I have kept the Letter Writer's subject line as the post title so that readers too can have the "Wait, where is the part where this person is an actual mom" "Oh wait, phew, this person isn't … Continue reading #1208: “Question about Mom Friends being too Mothering:” BOUNDARIES SCHOOL is in session.
Dear Captain, I am a (female) musician just starting out on a new duo project with a fellow (male) musician, and we’re just about heading for our first gigs and things. We’re both really excited — we get on well musically and personally, and we’re enjoying what we do and looking forward to sharing it … Continue reading #780: My creative partner’s girlfriend might be jealous of our new project.
Hi Captain! Husband and I have been married a year and to make a long back-story short, I have found your responses re: “dealing with difficult people” immensely helpful for dealing with my MIL. So here’s the current issue: while my in-laws have very few lasting friends, they do consider themselves close to my FIL’s … Continue reading #686: “Help, I’m being pressured to attend funerals by a manipulative family member.”
Dear Captain Awkward: My partner has told me that he is afraid that he's boring and that he has an irrational fear that my 'self-improvement' means I will leave him for somebody "more exciting". A few years ago I was feeling really down, and during that period I decided to really work on myself by … Continue reading #683: My boyfriend insists on coming along everywhere I go and constantly worries that I’ll leave him. (Spoiler: You probably will.)
Hi Captain Awkward, I have a best friend who's already like a brother to me. He's married and they're expecting their first child. However he's still struggling to make his ends meet. Hence I only get to see him once in a while. Usually when we meet, we have good and sometimes profound conversation, but … Continue reading #387: The coffee made me do it.
Dear Captain Awkward: About ten months ago, I started a relationship (a really-long-distance relationship with someone I met on a website). At first, and I have to be honest here, I was just fooling around, I couldn't believe that you could actually fell in love with someone you don't even know. He was a "good … Continue reading #371: “How do I end this misery?”
Dear Captain Awkward, I live and work at an isolated location with six other people. We are nearing the end of our work rotation and everyone is wearing a little thin emotionally so that might be partially where this problem stems from. I have a really good relationship with the woman that I spend the … Continue reading #360: My coworker called me a virgin, why did that hurt my feelings so much?
Hi Captain, I'm trying to make plans for Christmas. Normally I visit my family for a few days, and bring my boyfriend with me. But this year I split up with my boyfriend of 7 years and have been seeing someone new, who my family haven't met yet. After my ex and I split up, … Continue reading #343: My mum refuses to meet my new boyfriend.
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.
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?”