Carolyn Hax

Washington, D.C.

Advice columnist

Education: Harvard University, BA in history and literature

Carolyn Hax started her advice column in 1997, after five years as a copy editor and news editor in Style and none as a therapist. The column includes cartoons by “relationship cartoonist” Nick Galifianakis — Carolyn's ex-husband — and appears in over 200 newspapers. Besides the daily column, Carolyn has a weekly live online discussion (noon Fridays). She is on Twitter, @carolynhax, and Facebook. Here are
Latest from Carolyn Hax

Need advice? Join Carolyn Hax’s weekly chat (Feb 18 | 12 p.m. ET)

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax answers your questions about the strange train we call life.

February 18, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Sister won’t stop criticizing, even after being repeatedly asked to stop

One sibling stops communicating with another who refuses lay off "offensive and insulting" criticism. Is there a way for them to reconcile?

February 13, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Arriving empty-handed feels wrong but new boyfriend insists it’s all right

Boyfriend keeps saying it's okay not to bring anything to his family's events, but his new partner "can't fathom going empty-handed."

February 12, 2022

Carolyn Hax chat: I feel competitive with my husband for my daughters’ attention

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax answers your questions about the strange train we call life.

February 11, 2022

Carolyn Hax: He insists on splitting bills, even amid his raises and spouse’s massive pay cut

When they first met, they had similar salaries. Now he's making triple as his spouse's pay was nearly halved, yet still insists on 50-50 splits.

February 11, 2022

Carolyn Hax: A friend with depression keeps no-showing their plans

A friend with depression keeps no-showing their plans, and the writer wants to know a gentle way to just stop making plans with this friend.

February 10, 2022

Is it wrong to disinherit relatives who don’t treat me well? Carolyn Hax readers give advice.

Carolyn Hax readers give advice to an uncle who is trying to figure out which family members to include in his will.

February 9, 2022

Carolyn Hax: How can wife tell her family they hurt her feelings when they all moved away?

A "concerned husband" wants to help his wife tell her family how much they hurt her when they all moved to the opposite coast.

February 9, 2022

Carolyn Hax live chat transcripts by year, 2003 - 2021

This list includes transcripts from live chats advice columnist Carolyn Hax held from 2003-2021.

February 8, 2022

Carolyn Hax Hootenanny transcripts by year

The Holiday Hootenanny is the holiday-themed edition of Carolyn Hax’s live chat and is one of The Washington Post’s most beloved annual traditions.

February 8, 2022