Friendly support vs advice?
January 2019 | Martin Fuller
When we experience any unfortunate turn of events, such as a relationship breakdown, we will often turn to our friends for support.
Friends are essential, they support us; make us feel good and positive about ourselves when feeling low. This support and comfort is vital for the healing process. You can let off steam with your friends; even plot the ‘outrageous revenge!’
Friends reassure us by telling us that we are a good person and do not deserve this or that. Your friends know you and know what you want and need to hear.
However, it can become difficult when your friends change their role from supporter to adviser. The well meaning friend is seeing your problem through their knowledge of life and not their vocation or expertise. This well intentioned help often leads to misunderstandings which can have unforeseen and unintended consequences for you and your family, so be careful when taking advice from a well meaning friend.
In matters of relationship breakdown always seek independent legal advice to obtain a full understanding of any proposed solution and/or other options available in the best interests of you and your family.
“For without friends no one would choose to live, though they had all other goods”
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