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What does it mean to go with the flow?

I worked up the courage to ask what he wanted from the relationship, and he said something along the lines of “I don’t know, to go with the flow?”

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‘His mother is a monster’

... [she] has lambasted him with verbal abuse, uninvited him from family holidays, and threatened to cut him off financially ...

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He wants to meet the daughter he gave up to marry me

Twenty years later, he’s having second thoughts about relinquishing his parental rights.

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He keeps a pic of a woman from CrossFit on his phone

He says he downloaded the picture from Facebook.

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Talking to my future mother-in-law about wedding plans

She expressed recently to both of us that she feels like she’s not involved, and I’m not sure how to help that.

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How does one pursue a crush?

Finally there is someone who is interesting; he’s new to my company, single, and I have a crush.

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I like him, but his selfies were misleading

The spark was there, but now I keep finding things to criticize.

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Still thinking about our early breakup

It’s as if I’m not over it. How do you move on from a breakup when you’re still in the relationship?

She wishes we met when we were 29 or 30

I’m a very optimistic person and truly believe that she can reasonably put more effort into our relationship if she wants to.

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All her boyfriend’s BFFs are women he’s had flings with

He’s a photographer and very flirty with other women, which makes her very uncomfortable.

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He doesn’t follow through

He said he’d like to throw me a party, but then he lost his wallet for a few days. I paid for the whole party and he said he’d pay me for half, which he never did.

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I fantasize about others

There are also days when I find myself thinking about . . . other possibilities.

Glenn Weiss used his Emmys acceptance speech to propose to his partner, Jan Svendsen.

Is it ever OK to make a public proposal?

Love Letters advice columnist Meredith Goldstein and Jasmine Guillory, author of “The Proposal,” discuss.

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Advice: Why was it so hard to converse with my ex-girlfriend?

The stuff I find interesting to discuss seemed to bore her to tears.

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I wanted to be part of her family

I was getting into dad mode or at least preparing myself for it one day. I break down at the sight of my nieces and nephews now, remembering what I was working toward and lost.

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Should I risk my career and move for him?

Now that we share the same time zone, the next step should be me moving to his country so we can be together.

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I don’t find my partner attractive anymore

I can’t help but fantasize about having an affair with a more attractive and youthful looking man.

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We’re overwhelmed by grief

Grief is weird. We’ve been walking on egg shells around each other for months. We’re not fighting, we’re just kind of existing.

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I’ve got a huge crush on my husband’s friend

We’re happily married with kids, but this flirtation has been going on for five years.

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Can I meet up with my ex?

I know it’s wrong, but I really just want to be with him for one night and then go on my merry way.

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My mother is fighting with my boyfriend

My mother finally apologized, though perhaps not sincerely. She said, “I’m sorry I hurt you.” My boyfriend does not believe that.

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My friend wants to lose his virginity — with me

Our families are also close, so this won’t be just an uncomplicated summer fling.

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Dating my acquaintance’s ex

Should we decide to make a go of things more officially, how do we handle this with his ex-wife for the best possible amicable outcome for all of us?

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He’s not moving to New York to rebuild their relationship

We broke up, and she’s leaving in two months, but she still wants me to change my mind and commit to joining her.

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‘Stranger Things’ led to more

I shouldn’t have put my head on his shoulder. I shouldn’t have fallen asleep in his arms. I should have spoken up when I felt his lips on the back of my head.

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I vented about my life, and she broke up with me

After almost a year in a serious relationship, she abruptly ended things when he showed his vulnerable side.

‘How do you deal with seeing your ex happy and fulfilled?’

Suddenly, all these feelings of inadequacy came fluttering back — although I KNOW that’s not the truth.

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I want to be there for him during this crisis

He is anguished, and for the past two weeks he’s been texting me and even suggesting getting together. I don’t know if he means as friends or more.

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She said she wasn’t into monogamy anymore

Should I just live my life and work on myself and maybe one day she’ll reach out? Or maybe she won’t. For some reason, I still have hope for us.

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She hasn’t been added to the group text

After the engagement party, I thought that my fiancé would finally have invited me into this group chat. But still nothing.

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He let me believe we were in a relationship

When we’re in the same social situations now, like getting beers after work, he goes to the bar and sits alone instead of joining the group, which makes things awkward for me and our mutual friends.

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Trying to move on after a breakup and a miscarriage

Unfortunately, a few months back, I lost our baby due to a late-term miscarriage. It broke me, and with him being out of arm’s reach, the loss was even harder for the both of us and our relationship.

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Am I stupid to want something serious with a guy getting divorced?

Dating him is great, but he says he’s not ready to make any promises.

Can I keep him around after the breakup?

He has moved out but we still keep in touch and have sex occasionally. My question here is: Should I truly cut him out of my life even though I feel like I am emotionally over him?

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I’m old school and like defined relationships

I’ve decided I want to ask him where we stand. I’m just worried about ruining our awesome friendship if things aren’t mutual!

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I was about to say ‘I love you,’ when he dumped me

Did I wait too long? Or would saying those three little words have changed nothing.

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Recommitting to my marriage after an affair

I don’t know how to get over this. It feels like the greatest loss I’ve ever experienced.

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Dating in a rural area is not easy for divorced mom

Well, now I’m single and the dating pool here is very ... small. The closest large city is about two hours away. How do I find a good guy to date?

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Breakup misery finally kicked in

I think that after months of feeling nothing after I broke up with him, my heartbreak is just starting.

Justin Lehmiller’s book is based on the results from the sex survey he created.

‘Tell Me What You Want’ looks at sexual fantasies and the science of desire

The new book by researcher Justin Lehmiller attempts to dispel stereotypes and help people speak more openly about what they want.

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‘I’ve got baggage’

After my last breakup, I really looked at myself and realized that the wounded ducks weren’t working for me.

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Do I tell my dates about my toddler?

A lot of men seem turned off when they find out I’m a single mom.

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Ex — with benefits?

Now, a full six months after we cut all of our ties, he moved back to our town. We have started hooking up and talking occasionally.

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I can’t help but wonder what else is out there

“He is so nice, quiet, and gets along with my family, but I want to date more before I get married.”

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Will he grow up?

We don’t have any other issues, so why does he go from 0 to 60 about small problems?

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Can I have a friend with benefits and still stay married?

She loves her husband, but their sex life has gone MIA. She thinks a no-strings guy on the side might be the answer.

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Her boyfriend texted her friend

I confronted him and broke up with him, and since then, he has done nothing but apologize.

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Why has his family forgiven his awful ex?

Why am I the only one who thinks it’s disrespectful for her to have shown up at his parent’s funeral after the horrible way she treated him?

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They are having a baby

Fast forward to this past April, and I discovered I was pregnant. His reaction wasn’t what I expected.

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He says he’s committed to forever with me, but not to getting engaged

It seems my choices are either to leave the guy I love or to settle for less than what I really want.

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