“The fact that something feels awkward is not in itself a sign that you shouldn’t be saying it.” Alison Green

“The fact that something feels awkward is not in itself a sign that you shouldn’t be saying it.

“Sometimes things are just awkward and that is just how they’re going to go.

“In this case, she is making it awkward not you. You’ve tried nicely hinting and she’s refusing to pick up on what you’re saying. You’ve tried giving the benefit of the doubt. You’ve tried being kind.

“You’re going to have to be blunt. I know lots of people really really don’t like doing that because it feels rude.

“I want to emphasize: You are not the one being rude here.

“She’s forcing you to be more direct than you’d normally want to be.

“The Captain Awkward advice blog calls this ‘Returning awkwardness to sender’

“Putting the awkward where it originated from. There’s nothing wrong with: This bothers me, can you stop it.”

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I'm a graphic designer (portfolio), classical pianist and artist in Baltimore, MD. I host the Uncanny Creativity Podcast helping to demystify the creative process and creator of Funlooksfun.com, an online shop for apparel and games. Twitter: @sketchee

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