Over time, I arrived at two conclusions about unsolicited advice.
- Some people think out loud. They want to talk about their problems in order to see them clearly. They will find their own solution and only need a listener to listen to them.
- Some people like to moan. They want to talk about their troubles because they want sympathy. They are not looking for a solution.
Now, I mostly try to be quiet and only listen to the talkers who need to talk out their dilemma. The moaners? I try to change the subject or make a quick getaway.