Hi there, I'm hoping to find some scripts/strategies to employ when I run into someone I'm happy to chat with, like a friend or one of the super friendly baristas at a coffee shop I'm always in, and they ask "so what's new with you?" or "what have you been up to this week?" when … Continue reading #1252: Small Talk Strategies When You’re Depressed And Forgetful
Dear Captain Awkward, One of my friends has mental health issues of severe depression (along with some other stuff) that is being ineffectively treated--a situation that they are trying to change, but solutions are slow going. The depression brain weasels are causing my friend to regularly assume that everyone they know and care about is … Continue reading #739: I love my friend but their Jerkbrain is draining the life out of our conversations.
Hey Captain and Crew, I've got... well, let's say I've got some guilt on how I handled a situation, and I could really use an objective perspective. I'm a master of the JerkBrain Guilt-stravaganza, and I can't tell if I should tell my brain to shut up or if it's on point. I've been working … Continue reading #646 “I feel guilty about quitting a job I have hated for the last 10 years.”
Dear Captain, So here’s the deal: I’m married, and living with someone who is incredibly smart and hard working. He has so many mad skills that he doesn’t even need to submit applications to get a job. By comparison I have a degree in something I realized (after 4 years) isn’t really my thing and … Continue reading #308: I feel like I don’t deserve my partner’s support of my artistic dreams.