'I think my boyfriend likes someone else'
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I am a 20-year-old girl who started dating someone four years ago. It was all okay until a month ago, when he changed completely. He barely talks to me and rarely meets me now. I have a feeling he has found someone more attractive and has completely lost interest in me. What can I do to change this?
— J M
To begin with, I don't see why you assume there is someone more attractive than you in your boyfriend's life. You were attractive enough for him all this time, so I don't think you should put yourself down in this manner. Maybe attractiveness has nothing to do with this at all. I do agree that there appears to be a problem though, and the only way out is to confront him and get him to tell you why he is behaving the way he is. If there is another woman, he has an obligation to let you know, because that's only fair. And if he's upset about something completely different, he may just need a bit of space. Either way, you won't know until he tells you. And considering the two of you have been together for years, getting him to open up shouldn't be too difficult for you.
My parents want me to marry someone I completely despise. I have tried to get them to understand, but they refuse to see my point of view simply because the boy is rich. Should I run away from home?
Your parents can't force you to marry anyone you don't want to. The law protects you from this sort of thing, and also empowers you, as an adult, to marry anyone you choose to. I don't see how running away is an option. Speak to friends and family members and convince them to speak to your parents. If they have your best interests at heart, they will come around eventually. To flee from something like this is to deny yourself the right to live the way you choose.