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Can you listen to someone's problems without giving any advice in return?

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I used to dish out unsolicited advice until people started giving me unsolicited advice. Its at that point I realized that I didn't care for it and the people I give it to may not care for it either.
by Gia
I can listen and not provide advice. I'll ask someone if they want my opinion - much easier that way.
Yes, to be honest I prefer to listen and not give advice!
If they ask me to keep my thoughts to myself, then sure.
by Vee
Yes.
That is part of my job.

Hard to do, but necessary.....Sometimes just being there, is half the problem solved to them.They just want someone to talk too.
I probably cannot a lot of the time-though sometimes I realise it is better not to answer and just to listen.

I find this quite hard to do however and have to really concentrate.

A lot of the time the person really only wants to get it off his or her chest and does not really want advice but just someone to listen to them.

What is the saying -A problem shared, is a problem halved, or some such.
by Finy
I do find that hard! Sometimes people just need to unload and then I can just listen.
Yes. Im not really the advice giving type
A true friend is someone who listens, if the person wants a comment they will ask for it, otherwise just sit and listen to the person, that is why they are talking to you.
Sure I can. When I was in South America I was sitting on a bench to take in the scenery and give my legs a rest. I dont speak spanish so when people sat next to me and spoke I just answered si si as I didnt have the heart to tell them I had no idea what they were saying. A lot of them blessed me when they left. I hope I helped them in some way just by listening.
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