People love to give advice, me especially! I love to give advice. I have a terrible habit of sometimes giving it away when it’s not wanted. It’s something I work hard at not doing, but I still fail.
One reason I work hard at not giving out advice is because I hate getting it. Unless I’m asking for it, from a person in the know, I don’t want it. As well intended as it is, I find it often isn’t relevant or it’s just plain crap. Pregnancy and parenting issues are the worst, but medical issues are not far behind. Even when your situation is only vaguely similar or just slightly different enough for the advice to be totally and completely useless to you, the giver will insist you try their fix/cure/remedy. Or if you tell them you’ve tried it and it didn’t work, they tell you that you probably did it wrong.
“No really, I tried acupuncture to get rid of that smell in the dining room! It didn’t work!”
What is the worst or most woo-y advice you’ve ever been given? How do you deal with getting terrible advice, especially when it’s woo related?
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