Dear Krachel: How do I ask people to meet my needs?


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Welcome to another episode of Dear Krachel, our monthly advice segment where we answer listener questions about life, career, relationships, existential angst, and anything that helps you become a more whole, fulfilled version of yourself.

This month we answered questions from:

  • Murphy’s Law, who’s been having a string of bad luck that’s making her feel as if the whole world is conspiring against her! She’s asking the important questions: WTF?! And, how do I get myself out of it?
  • A Gal with Mama Trauma, who (as you could probably guess) has a not-so-great relationship with her codependent mom. She’s tired of avoiding confrontation and being flimsy with her boundaries. How can she stand up to a parent who gaslights, manipulates, denies, and guilt trips?
  • Rory, who’s been dating for a while and trying to overcome her fear of sharing her needs … until a friend told her she was overdoing it, and she started second-guessing herself. She wants to know when it’s appropriate to ask someone to meet your needs, and when is it not OK?

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