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Dear Poll: Do You Give Good Advice?

Giving good advice isn't an easy task sometimes. In order to be unbiased, one has to really listen and offer suggestions for what's best for the person in need, not what's best for you. Without realizing it, it's easy for listeners to turn situations back onto themselves as a way to make other people feel better, but that can come off as selfish or uninterested.

I have certain friends I go to for advice over and over again because they are fair. They understand my thought process and give me sound advice that I take to heart each and every time. While I enjoy giving my friends advice, I know playing therapist isn't easy for everyone so tell me, do you think you give good advice?


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calli-gurl calli-gurl 8 years
im with u sera. but im told that i give great advice. a lot of people come to me BECAUSE i speak the brutal truth and i give them advice of what to do next and stuff. and im good at judging guys (whether this guy is good or bad) by one convo. my guess or judgement turns out right most of the time. so far anyway. i think im good. :)
Cider-Morten Cider-Morten 8 years
I've been told so, but I don't normally give advice, when my friends have problems I just talk with them about their problems, and let them find their own solution.
ayuninur ayuninur 8 years
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AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 8 years
I know I give good advise to my friends. If I am not sure what to advise, I tell them I am not sure and we talk threw it. I am the go to person and pride myself in that.
Seka21 Seka21 8 years
Yes i do.. but i can never take it. Im too much of a coward
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I am great at giving advice but people never seem to take my advice when they should because it's not always the easiest thing to do. I know that it's great advice because everyone always tells me it is and other people who aren't involved know it's right. If people listened to me all of my friends would be in healthy, happy relationships.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i dunno, you tell me! ;) i think i do!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
You'd have to ask my friends. I try to be pretty balanced and impartial but it's not always easy.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
I have been told that I do give out great advice. I tend to see multiple sides to everything and I over analyze everything.
luckyme luckyme 8 years
I guess I do, yeah. I have several friends that come to me in their time of need. One of my friends refers to me as her life-coach. That someone would trust me to give them advice on their life is very complimentary.
bbkf bbkf 8 years
I don't think I'm very good at giving advice. I never seem to know what to say. I'm too afraid to hurt someone's feeling to tell them what I really think, which is often "you did something stupid and you know it!" hehe.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I am definatly the listener in our group! I jsut try to offer what I know or think is right and try to be calm and put it into perspective for them :)
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Maybe not on dearsugar but I run a non-profit foundation for teenagers (with 60,000 members) and I certainly try to on there. ;p I'm the "go to" for all my friends.
seraphimm seraphimm 8 years
I tell people what they HATE to hear. But it's usually what they NEED to hear. this is what people asking for advice want: -"Awwwwww.. sweetie..there there" -"follow your heart... I'm sure you'll make the right decision" -just someone to hear them out and nod their head this is me: -"I told you so." -"Oh you fucked up big time..." -brutally honest and realistic (pessimistic?). sometimes angry and confrontational but they always come back for more.. :evil:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Yeah, me too, CYL!
CYL CYL 8 years
If only i could take my own advice to other people about the same issues it would be great.
heidi-girl heidi-girl 8 years
i'm good at giving advice, but stubborn at taking it :( i really gotta work on that.
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
I'm a great advice giver once I know you long enough.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I'm told so, although I have my doubts.
DecemberBaby DecemberBaby 8 years
I think I give good advice. That what my friends tell me at least but last night cousin called me crying about her dad and I felt so horrible. I had nothing to offer her.
robinesque robinesque 8 years
Yes, I know I do. I say that with the utmost humility.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
It's kind of like take it or leave it. I don't know if it is good or not, but I try to put myself in the other person's position.
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
Damn skippy I do! I'm the baby of the family at 21, and my older sister who is 28 has come to me with some serious things. After our conversations she says she's surprised at what I have to say, and that she will certainly take into consideration what I suggest. I like to help people out who are close to me. It's usually easier when you are a neutral outlet mostly removed from the situation at hand. DesignRchic, if you look closer you see that her wrist is bent up. I too saw the same thing as you at first.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I'm not sure. You have to ask my friends and family. However, I've been told I have a good head on my shoulders.
jessie jessie 8 years
i don't know if i do or not. its just up to the person what they do with the info i spout at them. :shrug:
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