What if the Norm Doesn’t Work?: One reader wonders if it’s her or her culture
Dear C and Dr. B; I was having a difficult time with dating and thought my own expectations were the problem … until I visited a friend living across the world, and saw how differently relationships are regarded there. They have a strong sense of family, but as far as everything else – it seems […]
Avoiding the Maskless: One reader wonders why not everyone got the message
Dear C and Dr. B; My Thanksgiving plans were ruined by an idiot non-mask wearing coworker. When seeing clients she doesn’t wear a mask because she says that it interferes with communication and empathy. She just doesn’t get the whole “protective safety measures” thing. So what happened? She tested positive for COVID the day before […]
FaceOffbook: A family argues about social media
Dear C and Dr. B; This really makes me angry. I use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family and a large part of that is posting photos. My wife and daughter think Facebook is “icky” and “a violation of personal privacy” although they both use other forms of social media, like Instagram. […]
Just Smile!: Should she call out her sexist board member?
Dear C and Dr. B; I am really mad, but don’t know what to do or say. Last night during a 12- person zoom meeting of nine men and three women, the head of the board I am on kept asking the women to smile. He didn’t do this to the men. I didn’t want […]
Punch and Judy: Are her parents providing a good relationship model?
Dear C and Dr. B; Are my parents insane? My dad is always telling my mom (who babbles on a lot) to shut up. She will have some snippy come back like “nice manners, fatso!” He also has a habit of holding his hand up to her when she talks, in a dismissive gesture. For […]
Setting Boundaries: Is her friend trainable? Or is it time to run?
Dear C and Dr. B; Jim and I became friends six years ago, when I was three weeks from a deadline and my partner on the project ended up in major surgery. With nowhere else to turn, I asked Jim for help and he bailed me out. We became BFFs after that because he really […]
Behind Closed Doors: Did COVID take their relationship off the rocks?
Dear C and Dr. B; Before the pandemic, my boyfriend and I were about to call it quits. When COVID hit, we put our break-up on hold. During this time, because an easy exit wasn’t possible, we started finding other ways to solve the differences we’d been having. For instance, when either of us got super […]
Menace to Society: Should he take his daughter’s keys away?
Dear C and Dr. B; I am still a little in PTSD mode, and am not sure what the best path is from here. My 16-year-old daughter got her drivers license two months ago and a she already has had two accidents. The first was a minor scratch, but she was at fault and in […]
The PC Act: One reader wonders if people are hiding their ignorance
Dear C and Dr. B; Here is something that really bothers me – dealing with a person who is so deliberately PC that I just know it’s an act they are putting on. Like – when someone is nice to your face, but behind your back, they are messing with you. I’m talking about people […]
Has the World Gone Insane?: One reader is still looking for a great awakening
Dear C and Dr. B; The events of the last few weeks have me shaken. Watching the POTUS being flown to Walter Reed with COVID has to be a moment of awakening for the thousands of people who were following his cue to ditch the masks. But it seems like so many people will just […]