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 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:55:53 -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 29079a9555af39797529db5c838fc28d Swarm Feelings for 09/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/09/18/swarm-feelings Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I've been flirting with two guys all year. I feel a connection and chemistry with both, but neither's asked me out yet. This weekend, I'm attending a going-away party of a grad student we all know, and I'm nervous that they'll both show up and ask me out. (There's also a third guy who seems interested.) What should I do? I wouldn't want to be one of somebody's many options. &#8212; Feeling Unfair </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Sep 18, 2018</p> efef108d6055e580a6279ee4d483e6eb Mock Love To Me for 09/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/09/18/mock-love-to-me Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> My boyfriend has this irritating habit of making fun of my outfits or my spray tan. When I get upset, he says I'm being "sensitive." I try to look cute for him, and I just don't think it's funny for your boyfriend to mock your appearance. Is this his issue or mine? If it's his, how do I get him to stop? &#8212; Unhappy </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Sep 11, 2018</p> 6a6d80907b2e6e91084b986dfe35741a Having It Small for 09/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/09/18/having-it-small Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I met somebody online, and we have a real connection, but he is agoraphobic and hasn't really left his bedroom for 10 years. I have a job and a life, so it's hard to keep up with his barrage of messages. However, it seems unfair to bail on dating him just because he has this condition. What causes agoraphobia? Is it treatable? &#8212; Wondering </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Sep 04, 2018</p> b816ae38a8b59d6a2f5f2a84c9473b7e Too Mush Information for 08/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/08/18/too-mush-information Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> My friend was dying to tell her new boyfriend she loves him but waited till he said it first. She, in fact, makes that a rule. Now I have a new boyfriend. Should I just shamelessly own my feelings &#8212; that is, tell him I love him? Or should I follow my friend's lead? &#8212; Hating Waiting </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Aug 28, 2018</p> 29ca9fbdcd126fac1df8d08f65e4bc5e Smells Like Quarantine Spirit for 08/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/08/18/smells-like-quarantine-spirit Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm a 41-year-old married lesbian. My wife and I used to work from home together. She recently got an important job, and she's now gone all day, five days a week. I'm happy for her, and this is good for us in the long run, but I'm really sad and lonely. &#8212; Isolated </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Aug 21, 2018</p> 854a9ec5acfbd2b66eec324fdece8d5d Power Tulle for 08/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/08/18/power-tulle Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> Why are there lots of bridal magazines but no magazines for grooms? What does that imply? &#8212; A Male </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Aug 14, 2018</p> 7ed319fad68660af822d5104c05f729c Seize The Meh for 08/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/08/18/seize-the-meh Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm a 31-year-old guy who got really hurt after a relationship ended a few years back. Now I just don't date women whom I'll ever really care about, because I don't ever want to feel how I felt when my previous relationship ended. My friends say I'm being a coward and missing out, but hey, I'm not depressed over any chicks. I think I'm being smart in protecting myself. Maybe more people should take this approach. &#8212; Comfortably Numb </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Aug 07, 2018</p> a060139da7660646eb825bfe8683a397 Buddha Heat for 07/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/07/18/buddha-heat Tue, 31 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> My husband and I are lucky &#8212; like that couple in their 70s you wrote about &#8212; to have a satisfying sex life after 23 years together. Still, to be honest, there are times when we're just going through the motions. I guess it's natural that it isn't as exciting as it was that first year or so. Maybe we just have to accept it. Or...is there anything we can do? (We do have date nights and try to experiment with new things.) &#8212; Ho-Humming Somewhat </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jul 31, 2018</p> 7f3d5e70c369a596bb7569f97c153116 Credible Fret for 07/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/07/18/credible-fret Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm a 34-year-old woman in a two-year relationship with a guy. I've never been the jealous type. Yet, I do feel oddly possessive and jealous in this relationship, especially lately. My friends say this a sign I need to "work on" myself. Really? If so, how? What do I need to do? &#8212; Worried </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jul 24, 2018</p> d7a88eec9a4786a8b46844239bc2035d Weed Better Get Some Febreze for 07/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/07/18/weed-better-get-some-febreze Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm sober, but my boyfriend smokes pot. I'm fine with that, but I don't want him smoking in the house. He says it's his house, too, so I'm not being fair. Plus, it is cold in the rural area where we live and rains a lot, so he'd have to put on a jacket, go on the porch, etc., to smoke. I get it, but I hate the smell, and I don't want to go to 12-step meetings smelling like weed. That's just not right. Help. &#8212; Upset Girlfriend </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jul 17, 2018</p> 93f374097f3e949b51ab129d553d651a Fade Diet for 07/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/07/18/fade-diet Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I got ghosted &#8212; dumped by a guy who just disappeared on me, no explanation &#8212; after three months of lovey-dovey dating. Clearly, he isn't a great person, yet I'm unable to stop thinking about him and wondering why he left. How do I accept that it's over so I can start dating again? &#8212; Plagued </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jul 10, 2018</p> 592c3a9ca7d5a884dcc4e3d23f3d78c3 The Last Stare Fighter for 07/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/07/18/the-last-stare-fighter Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm a 28-year-old woman who has been single for over five years. I'm steering clear of dating sites right now because of how so many guys portray themselves in ways that are very different from how they are in person. But then, in day-to-day life, when I smile at a guy I like, he'll usually smile back but he still won't come over and talk to me. Call me traditional, but I want a guy who has the courage to approach me. Guys are meant to do the pursuing. &#8212; Unapproached </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jul 03, 2018</p> 98090de9503c2258a2ae6b23a58c394e Prance Charming for 06/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/06/18/prance-charming Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> My friend is obsessed with dating models. Of course, because he's dating mostly based on looks, these relationships rarely last. He says that he's trying to move up in the business world and that being seen with a beautiful woman makes a difference in how he's perceived. Wouldn't businesspeople be more impressed if he could keep a relationship going, even if it were with a plainer woman? &#8212; Discerning Dude </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jun 26, 2018</p> 41f5c0e985bcd99450248cffffb6dae6 Paint And Suffering for 06/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/06/18/paint-and-suffering Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm doing some work on my landlady's house. She just CANNOT figure out what color to paint it. Now, when a man paints his house, he goes to Home Depot, grabs a few cans of paint, and starts right in. Simple. Git 'er done. Not so with a woman. She'll agonize endlessly over a bunch of paint chips. She'll finally make a decision, but even then, it's subject to change without notice. So, my question: Has anyone analyzed this phenomenon and found a connection with, you know, a woman's "time of the month"? &#8212; Handydude </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jun 19, 2018</p> 006adddba59efd2f651c59439d9124de Ambivalence Actually for 06/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/06/18/ambivalence-actually Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> My boyfriend of two years read my diary and found out that I had expressed feelings for another guy while we were together. I never acted on them (and I wouldn't have), and I probably shouldn't have told the guy I liked him. But my boyfriend shouldn't have been reading my diary! He broke up with me, saying he wouldn't be able to forgive me. Now he wants to come back. What should I do? I don't feel that I can trust him now. &#8212; Disturbed </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jun 12, 2018</p> 65050e9f45dc7cdc4fde29d8ed0eecc1 The Arf Of Reading People for 06/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/06/18/the-arf-of-reading-people Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm a woman who judges potential boyfriends by whether dogs like them. My friends think I'm crazy, but I'm convinced that my dog picks up on who a person really is. Is there any research on whom animals are drawn to? &#8212; Muttperson </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue Jun 05, 2018</p> de43dfa31ec4012bb25f9b669a0fa8d7 The Shoo Maker for 05/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/05/18/the-shoo-maker Tue, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I'm a single dude in my 30s, and I really want a girlfriend, but I keep striking out with women. My female co-worker says that if I want a relationship, I need to upgrade my shoes. I wear a pair of super-comfy New Balance sneakers that I've had since college...yes, even wearing them on dates. In the summer, I wear Crocs sandals. What's the problem? Are girls really that shallow? &#8212; Footloose </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue May 29, 2018</p> 2308bd743850a1981ebfd3107ca0a8d9 Waif Watchers for 05/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/05/18/waif-watchers Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><i> I'm a 33-year-old woman, and I've always been thin. I lost about 12 pounds after a tough breakup. I'm working on getting back to a healthier weight. However, people keep making cutting remarks about how thin I look. Yesterday a friend said, "You're so skinny it's gross!" I'd noticed that she'd gained quite a bit of weight, but I didn't say anything...because that would be rude! She made other digs about my weight, and upon hugging me goodbye, she said, "Eww, is that your shoulder bone?!" What's with this double standard? There'd be hell to pay if I said the slightest thing about anyone's weight gain. &#8212; Tempted To Lash Back </i><p>Updated: Tue May 22, 2018</p> e82ccb741b1b66691fdf2ef254a7e925 Endship Ring for 05/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/05/18/endship-ring Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I was roommates with a girl five years ago. I was a spoiled brat for many years, but I've worked very hard to change. She, on the other hand, is still supported by her father, has no job or interests, and just wants to get married. Whenever she calls, she wants advice on the same boy drama. I just don't have the time or patience for this anymore. I tried not responding to her, but she keeps calling and texting, "I need to come over right now!" &#8212; Drama-Weary </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue May 15, 2018</p> 5472cd0ab97a5a2214c5601582a02c0b Putting The Removes On Someone for 05/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/advice-goddess-amy-alkon/05/18/putting-the-removes-on-someone Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> I recently had my addiction recovery memoir published. I'm very honest and vulnerable in it, and readers feel super-connected to me because of it. Most just briefly thank me for how it changed their life, etc. However, a few have really latched on to me via social media. I respond to their first message, and then they write back with pretty much a whole novel and message me constantly. I don't want to be mean, but this is time-consuming and draining. &#8212; Unprepared </i></p> <p><p>Updated: Tue May 08, 2018</p>