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Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Who Wants Your Advice????
What do we know about advice in general?
• Giving advice when not solicited can be tricky and a hot spot.
• Being the receiver of advice that is unsolicited can make us defensive and it feels invasive and
• Offering advice without solicitation can feel like wasted energy and feel like the receiver is
  ungrateful for your caring and suggestions.

So what do we know about advice as it relates to gender?
• It is more important that the person asking for advice is receptive than the person giving the advice.
• Men have difficulty when they ask from advice from their spouse and they get little back because
  men typically look to their wives for a source of encouragement, while women rely on friends and
  other loved ones.
• When wives offer guidance (vs just listening) men tend to feel nagged or reprimanded.
• When wives ask for advice they tend to get fix-it suggestions and less compassion and empathy.

What if you don't want advice, how should we respond?
• Respond with thank you. Acknowledge the act, but respond by saying,"I'm not looking for advice at
  this time."
• Explain what might be helpful to you at this time. Do you need a hug? Some chicken soup?

What are some tips to giving advice?

• Wanted: Make sure your spouse really wants advice and help. Start a conversation with something
   like "Would you like some ideas on that?"
• Listen: Good advice can come from listening and not speaking. Sometimes someone just wants you
  to be there, be supportive, hold you, or be reassuring vs. solution.
• Examples: Sometimes telling a story of when you had a similar situation helps the receiver see
  things in a different light. Stories tend to take away the criticism and the feel of being threatened.
• Tone: Remember that advice is always heard much better when it comes from someone who is
   calm, looking into your eyes, and their tone is low and from a loving perspective. The way in which    
   you offer advice can be more important than your words.

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