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    Ask Polly: ‘My Parents Don’t Love Me!’You don’t deserve to get hurt, over and over again.
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    ‘How Can I Make Art When So Many People Expect So Much Greatness From Me?’It’s crucial to recognize that the work IS the end, not a means to an end.
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    ‘How Can I Believe in Anything, After So Many Shitty Things Have Happened?’When the stakes are high, trying to navigate your current, disappointing reality is the most terrifying thing of all.
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    Ask Polly: ‘All of My Friends Are Terrible But I Love Them. What Can I Do?’Your old ways of doing things won’t work anymore.
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    Ask Polly: ‘Should I Quit My Day Job to Write a Book?’It’s harder to finish creative work when you view it as a means to an end.
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    Ask Polly: ‘I Like Myself, But I Hate Being Single’I can tell that you believe in yourself. But do you believe in love?
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    ‘How Do I Start Over Now That I Know How Damaged I Am?’Start by grounding yourself in reality.
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    Ask Polly: ‘Should I Divorce My Extremely Frustrating Husband?’You both seem to like having someone to blame when things go wrong.
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    My Husband Dumped Me and Took My Business and I Don’t Know How to Move OnThe way you’re thinking about your pain and loss is making it harder for you to live.
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    Ask Polly: ‘Who Am I Without My Anger?’It takes a long time to learn how to feel your emotions without identifying criminals.
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    Ask Polly: ‘I Feel Empty’You have no connection to your success because you don’t know why you do what you do.
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    Ask Polly: ‘I’m a Single Mom and My Friends Walk All Over Me’You have to accept that other people have different priorities, values, and rules from yours.
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    Ask Polly: I’m Having a Hard Time Making Friends at My Fancy UniversityBlack-and-white thinking makes this situation worse.
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    Ask Polly: I Love My Friends, But I Hate Making Plans to See Them!You’re not just trying to escape the plans.
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    ‘Someone Is Saying Bad Things About Me and I’m Losing Sleep Over It!’Eventually, we become so exhausted by games of make believe that we not-so-secretly relish the idea of making a gigantic, ugly mess.
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    Ask Polly: ‘Why Do New Mothers Hate Their Husbands?’Asking for what you want does not make you ungrateful.
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    Ask Polly: ‘I’m Starting a New Life, But There’s Pressure to Get It Right!’Eventually, your old self is going to crawl back into view.
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    Ask Polly: ‘My Son’s Girlfriend Is Keeping Me From My Grandchildren!’You probably have your reasons for disliking your daughter-in-law. But she is your daughter-in-law now, even without the law involved.
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    Ask Polly: ‘I Can’t Stop Being Angry at My Boyfriend for Moving Away’The story you’re telling yourself is inaccurate, and it’s hurting you.
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    Ask Polly: ‘My Mother Has Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer and I’m Falling Apart’Ultimately, only you can decide how you want to navigate this sickness with her.
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    Ask Polly: ‘Should I Dump My Toxic Friend?’It’s crucial to learn how to tell people what you will and won’t do for them.
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    Ask Polly: ‘I Might Get a Big Job Offer, But I Don’t Want to Change My Life!’You have to tune in to your deepest feelings as you explore this possibility.
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    Ask Polly: ‘I Want to Find True Love, But I’m Afraid!’You need to understand your truest strengths.
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    Ask Polly: ‘My Boyfriend Isn’t Interested in Helping Me Out’You and your boyfriend are more alike than you might think.
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    Ask Polly: ‘Should I Leave My Amazing But Incredibly Frustrating Relationship?’You can’t fix this. Because no matter how “good” you are, he encounters you as a threat.
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    Ask Polly: ‘I Love My Boyfriend, But I Can’t Stop Cheating!’Romance cannot exist when one person is lying.
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    Ask Polly: ‘I Wish I Had Old Friends!’You don’t seem to be talking about actual holes in your life right now that need to be filled.
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    Ask Polly: ‘My Dad Doesn’t Appreciate Me Enough!’The “good” child, the fixer, is also someone who fixates.
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    Ask Polly: ‘My Friends Keep Bringing Up My Sordid Past in Mixed Company!’What good is trust and intimacy and a long history of friendship, if you can’t ask for exactly what you want?
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    How to Deal With Family ProblemsAsk Polly’s best advice.
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    All Your Friendship Questions, AnsweredThe best advice from Ask Polly.
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    Ask Polly: ‘How Do I Stop Myself From Sabotaging My Amazing New Relationship?’You can’t keep putting your best foot forward forever.
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    How to Have a Relationship With YourselfAccording to Ask Polly.
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    Writers, Here’s How to Deal With Self-DoubtHeather Havrilesky’s best Ask Polly advice about writing.
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    Should I Have a Baby, Maybe?Heather Havrilesky’s best Ask Polly advice about having children.
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    Ask Polly: ‘Should I Meet With My Mom?’At first glance, you sound like someone who is extremely confused about reality.
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    If You Hate Your Job, Read ThisHeather Havrilesky’s best Ask Polly advice on how to be happy with your career.
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    9 Marriage Questions, AnsweredAsk Polly’s best advice on infidelity, in-laws, and making a marriage last.
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    Ask Polly: ‘How Do I Get the Love of My Life to Take a Leap With Me?’Frankly, he’s right to be wary — your entire focus in life is on him.
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    What to Do With Your Broken HeartHeather Havrilesky’s best Ask Polly advice about moving on after a breakup.
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    Advice for All the Single PeopleHeather Havrilesky’s best Ask Polly columns about being alone.
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    ‘My Job Is Making Me Sick and Miserable!’You are at the center of a dysfunctional ecosystem.
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    Dating Advice for EveryoneEight questions, answered by Ask Polly.
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    Ask Polly: ‘My Idiot Boyfriend Claims I Want a Ring, But I Don’t!’But you do want something, or you wouldn’t be so upset about this.
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    Ask Polly: ‘Is Agreeing to a Casual Relationship Undignified?’This is an impossible, neuroses-inducing trap for any woman.
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    Writing for the Awl Was the Best Mid-Career Decision I Ever MadeOn loving what you do, taking a pay cut, and developing Ask Polly.
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    Ask Polly: ‘Should I Have a Baby?’The main things holding you back from having kids are your worries and fears.
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    Ask Polly: ‘I’m Too Old for Love, But I Want It Anyway!’You’re angry at yourself for being a human with needs.
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    Ask Polly: ‘Why Am I So Lazy?’Notice how deeply you’ve made messiness and procrastination part of your identity.
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    Ask Polly: ‘How Do I Leave My Lying, Cheating Boyfriend?’You’re so used to living in a house of mirrors that the real world feels empty and lonely and sad by comparison.
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