I need my joyfriend to stop and think about my feelings, but they won’t. Why?

Dear Bear, My joyfriend is smart and interesting and funny and great and also sometimes when they see something they want they just go barreling forward toward it and start acting like a jerk if I ask for pause or process or consideration. Some of the things impact me in significant ways like job changes that will mean a real change of income or a new weirdo restrictive diet they want us both to be on because that's a way I can be supporting. It's not just minor stuff like someone ...
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Special Topics In Being A Human, vol 1.

Hello, Brave Correspondents all. Today marks the beginning of an occasional special illustrated feature on Asking Bear: Special Topics In Being A Human, written by me and illustrated by the amazing Saul Freedman-Lawson. These intermittent guides are breakouts of a series of steps for managing complex human stuff that I've done my best to explain in a way that's colloquial, coherent and reasonably comprehensive. As always no advice is one-size-fits-all, but I'm hopeful that this will fit some ...
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Can I just stop talking to people if they’ve been horrible to me?

Dear Bear, In therapy I am learning some new things. One of them is that a lot of times I give people too many chances and let them treat me badly over and over without any consequences. When I ask for an apology I am not taken seriously. Or sometimes I get an apology that goes "tell me what I'm supposed to do" which doesn't seem like an apology? Anyway I am recently just thinking about not being friends with or not talking to certain people anymore. That includes some relatives. It ...
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Who can I talk to about hard things with my partner?

Dear Bear; My partner and I have been struggling for a while. We are each other’s best friends and confidantes, and so these current struggles are especially hard. I feel like I have no one to talk to — I would normally consult my partner! I’m worried about oversharing with my friends, but I can’t keep all of this bottled up anymore.The thing is that I feel confident this will get worked through and pass, or at least I feel that way most of the time. So I worry that if I discuss it ...
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