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I Am in an Extramarital Relationship

From a young man in India: Hi. I am married from last 4 years. Before my marriage I was in very deep relationship with another girl. We have tried to get married but because of the caste issues we couldn’t get married. At that time only I have taken decision to get married in other relation as her family was not at all ready to do this thing. After my marriage I forced her...
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How Do I Tell My Parents I Failed?

From 14 year old girl in Dubai: I failed math this term, and I don’t know how to show that mark to my parents. A: Generally, the best thing to do is to tell them as soon as possible. If you wait, they will be angry with you for the grade and for the delay. Why give them an additional reason to be angry? Having said that, there may be a way to soften...
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Can I Get Better Without Losing My Family?

At the age of 17 i was an alcoholic and i smoked until i sat down one day and stopped. i moved and never drank/smoked again. i became homeless so in order to avoid the state taking my child i told his father to take care of him. i became abusive toward a partner because of tiny things. we broke up and i started to fix my life i was constantly in and out...
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I’m Worried My Son May Inherit Mental Illness

From Canada: My ex-husband is a sociopath/narcissist/bipolar/ASPD. He exhibits traits of all these disorders but has actually been diagnosed as a sociopath and bipolar. Anyway…on to my question. I am now concerned about my 4-year old son and his development and worrying about him turning out like his father. He seems to be in his own little world and doesn’t respond to commands or questions well and doesn’t understand social norms. I read that...
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Do Kids Need Praise and Affection?

From the : I am having a hard time convincing my boyfriend that his kids and my kids need positive feedback, encouragement and praise for things that they do successfully in their lives. I am aware of the phenomenon of overpraise or praise for things that don’t really warrant praise (like obeying the laws of gravity). That’s not my question. Where the disagreement lies is as follows: he thinks things that are expected, like...
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My Stepkids Hate Me Because of Their Father

From the : My stepkids don’t exactly hate me or their mother, but they say it and that we’re the worst anytime we put them in time out or ground them when they are being violent towards each other or us (which is encouraged by their birthfather). It just drives me up the wall knowing that they spy for him and his mother (who is the only one who actually uses his visitations because...
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I Just Started Cutting Myself…

I’m 15 years old and just started cutting myself last night, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. My biological father died the beginning of this month, and I just feel like crap. All my mom and step-dad do is yell at me, I have no friends and no one to talk to. I’m so far behind in my school work and I think about killing myself all the time. I’ve felt bad and...
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Help for My Teenage Brother

My brother is 18 years old, has no interest in studies and is trapped in company of bad people. He became disobedient of my parents and steals money and other things from home. We are feeling so helpless to tackle this issue. Even my parents never deal with him with strictness, rather they are still polite with him when he disobeys. We are trying our best to compromise with him but the situation is...
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I Have to Choose Between My Family and My Boyfriend

From the : I am writing to you because the animosity between my family and my boyfriend has been taken to the next level and even involved the police. My dad and brother have always disliked my boyfriend because they think he is disrespectful and irresponsible. My mom loves him because she sees the sweetheart side of him and knows how happy he makes me. Recently, my boyfriend and I got in a fight,...
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I Feel Like My Parents Hate Me

From 15-year-old girl in Canada: Recently I felt like my parents really hate me. One thing I noticed is that they are letting my brother go into the career path he wants to go into but not me. I am interested in fashion and want to have a career in it, but my parents think otherwise. My dad usually calls me an idiot or stupid and says that my brother is smarter and brighter...
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