The Science Advice Goddess from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:49:10 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss The Science Advice Goddess from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/the-advice-goddess-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon 6e75ebf1de998b66507e06445b28c2ed Murk In Progress for 10/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/10/19/murk-in-progress Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm in a weird place in my life: My work situation's up in the air, and there's a lot of uncertainty in my romantic life and my living situation. Friends are telling me to be patient and live in the moment, but I'm finding all of this not knowing extremely upsetting. Is there anything I can do to feel less anxious? &#8212; Distressed </i></p> <p>When everything seems uncertain, it's easy to go really dark: "Please forward my mail to the refrigerator box in the underpass where I'll soon be living with my fiance, the cat."<p>Updated: Tue Oct 08, 2019</p> 56e13b590684f4625676f065b7b93564 Friend Over Backward for 10/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/10/19/friend-over-backward Tue, 01 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> A friend agreed to dogsit while I flew up to visit my ailing dad. She bailed at 7 p.m. the night before I flew out, saying she needed three days to pack for a vacation. She never even apologized. I don't want to be friends anymore. She said, "You're throwing a friend away over not watching your dog." But it's not that. It's that she broke her word and left me in a huge bind. Still, I feel bad about cutting her out of my life, as we've been friends a long time. Thoughts? &#8212; Disgusted </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Oct 01, 2019</p> b819d20490c7efe085047d846b6b5d2d Are You Clonesome Tonight? for 09/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/09/19/are-you-clonesome-tonight Tue, 24 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> My friend thinks I'd do better in dating if I went on those sites that match people according to "similarities." Most of the couples I know aren't that similar. Could those sites be wrong? How much does similarity matter for being a good match with somebody and the chances of a relationship working out long-term? &#8212; Single Woman </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Sep 24, 2019</p> 95d8df21f86e0d74db2e522b755e96a4 I Second That Emoticon for 09/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/09/19/i-second-that-emoticon Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I know some men refuse to use emojis because they think they're silly or cheesy. But I have to say, when men use emojis, they make me feel good. Is it crazy that a heart or a rose emoji makes me feel like a man's more interested? &#8212; Wondering </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Sep 17, 2019</p> 1e83816c2b753a721d2d9e9a518e589f Nurse Case Scenario for 09/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/09/19/nurse-case-scenario Tue, 10 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I have to go visit my mom, who's in the hospital in another state. She's really ill. Her boyfriend told me she's lost a lot of weight and it might be shocking to see her initially. I want to be strong for her, but I'm a big crier. I cry on every phone call, and it's awful. How do I show up for her and not let my feelings overwhelm me so she is not sad or worried about me and can concentrate on getting better? &#8212; Emotional </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Sep 10, 2019</p> 8bb1d6794af0a24ae89ced0d315183d9 Charlie Brawn for 09/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/09/19/charlie-brawn Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> If a guy is trying to amp up his attractiveness by working out, what areas of the body should he focus on? What do women notice and want? And how much of that can I get without any kind of surgery or dangerous potions? &#8212; Office Bod </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Sep 03, 2019</p> d85e32de457dcf34c2bb2e109c30fe0a Indifferent Strokes for 08/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/08/19/indifferent-strokes Tue, 27 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><i> My father just got diagnosed with cancer. Most people have been extremely supportive, but two girlfriends I texted about this haven't responded at all. Is it really that hard to say "I'm so sorry"? Should I use this opportunity to do a little friend house cleaning and demote certain "friends" to acquaintance status, knowing now that I can't count on them? &#8212; Too Harsh? </i><p>Updated: Tue Aug 27, 2019</p> b1252486f1c632dac5caff3c8038747c Assertiveness Draining for 08/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/08/19/assertiveness-draining Tue, 20 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Tue Aug 20, 2019</p> 2d9cfffe96112dfa88afa7113de16851 The Feud Pyramid for 08/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/08/19/the-feud-pyramid Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><i> Two weeks ago, I finally dumped my totally abusive jerk of a boyfriend. I do miss him, but I know I made the right decision. I came to see that he was cruel, manipulative, sociopathic, and toxic. However, I stupidly went on Facebook and saw that he already has a new girlfriend! I'm so pissed that I was replaced so quickly. I do not want him back, but I do want to make him suffer, basically to get revenge for all he put me through. My friend keeps telling me revenge is unhealthy and toxic and forgiveness is good for you and I need to forgive him. Is she right? &#8212; Burned </i><p>Updated: Tue Aug 13, 2019</p> d680f060cd2f823ddd81d6af2788d614 Lewd Awakening for 08/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/08/19/lewd-awakening Tue, 06 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> A guy I don't know well sent me a creepy Facebook message with pervy language. Next, he messaged me a bunch of tantra memes &#8212; sex as a celebration, blah, blah, blah. It grossed me out. Why would a guy think he can be so blatantly sexual out of nowhere? What should you say to a guy who does this? &#8212; Yuck </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Aug 06, 2019</p> 84ebca247d24412dd8d74a53b4170ee5 Bilk and Honey for 07/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/07/19/bilk-and-honey Tue, 30 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm a 27-year-old guy. I'm short, and honestly, I'm not that physically attractive. I am nice, funny, and on the fast track in my career. My friends say bluntly that the more money I make the more women will be interested in me. I'm sure that's true, but I'm interested in falling in love, not just finding a gold digger. Advice? &#8212; Ambitious </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jul 30, 2019</p> f4849f2e7eb2ff5ac7c655327d7105ec Meme Girls for 07/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/07/19/meme-girls Tue, 23 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I keep reading about how detrimental social media usage is, with people avoiding face-to-face interaction and feeling inferior when they see everyone else looking gorgeous and having fabulous lives. Would you recommend taking regular breaks from social media? &#8212; Instagrammer Girl </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jul 23, 2019</p> 36399c941696af16ed9e853229618898 The Filet of the Land for 07/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/07/19/the-filet-of-the-land Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><i> I'm a 36-year-old single man. I see buying a woman dinner as a nice part of courting. Lately, however, women keep pretending to be interested in me only to vanish after I've taken them out for an expensive dinner. How can I avoid women who just want to use me as a meal ticket? &#8212; Duped </i><p>Updated: Tue Jul 16, 2019</p> ea6a63af296812f4c24c0ca24182ef4a The Incredible Sulk for 07/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/07/19/the-incredible-sulk-026a4 Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm a married lesbian working on having another baby with my fab wife. My new best friend is an attractive straight girl who lives in another state. We talk and text every day. It isn't sexual or romantic at all, but my friend gets me in a way that, I'm sorry to say, my wife does not. My wife seems jealous. I've noticed her moping around when I'm on the phone and sometimes rolling her eyes when I'm laughing with my friend. How can I reassure her without giving up my new friend? &#8212; Concerned </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jul 09, 2019</p> 8dc4ef2f759ff068ac95d23e3ce8023a Baptism By Liar for 07/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/07/19/baptism-by-liar Tue, 02 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I was talking with this guy whom I've known for over six years who lives a plane ride away. It was late at night on a weekend, and he was saying all this mushy sexy stuff and how he wanted to fly me out to his city, blah, blah, blah. Afterward, he never called or texted again. It's been weeks now. He's done this before &#8212; come on really hot and heavy and then disappeared. And he doesn't drink or do drugs, so that isn't an explanation. Why do men do this? &#8212; Feeling Dumb For Believing...Again </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jul 02, 2019</p> 45af4995d6dbaaefc866bd38b2c72026 The Heart Is a Clonely Hunter for 06/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/06/19/the-heart-is-a-clonely-hunter Tue, 25 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><i> I've heard that we're romantically attracted to people who look like us. Is that true? I don't think any of my boyfriends have looked anything like me, but I have seen couples who look so similar they could be related. &#8212; Wondering </i><p>Updated: Tue Jun 25, 2019</p> 05a87f1de85d71f619db19f7dbeeacb8 The Pathogen of Least Resistance for 06/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/06/19/the-pathogen-of-least-resistance Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p> 3061899b412847f1ed3e0b7ea662f78e Sotally Tober for 06/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/06/19/sotally-tober Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I spent years on and off drugs and alcohol, but I've been sober for six years. I'm just not the same self-centered immature brat I was. Last week, I reached out to my best friend's brother to apologize for things I did about seven years ago. He still hasn't responded to my text (requesting time to talk to make amends). He told my friend he was having a hard time believing I'm any different. But I am, and I want to prove to him I have changed. How can I do that? &#8212; Sincere </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jun 11, 2019</p> 9506480deff628162dad0c2c48048673 Sister Knives for 06/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/06/19/sister-knives Tue, 04 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> My sister dates super hot guys, but she's always telling me that looks aren't what matter and I should go for a man who's stable and reliable. Is she looking out for me? How come she doesn't follow her own advice? It seems weirdly hypocritical. &#8212; Puzzled </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jun 04, 2019</p> 46e54b16670b7681ba475069081a2917 Having It Tall for 05/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/05/19/having-it-tall Tue, 28 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><i> I'm a 6'2" woman. What's the ideal way for me to respond when people (almost always men and total strangers) ask, out of the blue, "How does a woman your height find boyfriends?" &#8212; Annoyed </i><p>Updated: Tue May 28, 2019</p>