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Quiet Time

Dear Ms. Meniscus, Sometimes I get really sad or frustrated and my boyfriend doesn't understand ... he just keeps prodding and asking me, "What's wrong?" All I want is some alone, quiet time. How do I get it? -Mary in Mississippi

Dear Mary,

Explain to your boyfriend that's what you need. No apologies, no rationale needed. Just gently tell him you're a bit down and his constant questioning makes you feel worse.

Use your "quiet time" to figure out the root causes of your unhappiness. If you find it debilitating, please seek out professional counseling (someone who will discuss your emotions with a gentler approach).

--M

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