I have a never ending fondness for learning new and better ways of doing things. It makes life continually fascinating to look back at what once made sense and think, “what was I thinking?” I find it hilarious and entertaining. Generally I accept advice for my problems positively if the advice really does solve a problem better. Not everyone does.
I remember old friends pointing out, in a moment of complete frustration, that I am always telling them what to do. I think there was a disconnect. Obviously I didn’t always tell them what to do, but if I did it is because I notice that they are struggling with the output of some sort of task and they were constantly complaining that something wasn’t working right. As a friend, I thought it natural to share a method that worked for me.
These individuals don’t see it that way. They don’t see advice or opinion as friendly unless they directly asked for it. Some have inferiority complexes where in they interpret the words “I know a better way” as “you are always doing everything wrong”. This causes them to get defensive towards the good intention tossed their way.
Some, not all, dislike being “told what to do” so much that they will purposely not follow advice to their own detriment. They value the liberty in their decision making above seeking the best methods of taking care of oneself. It is a social disorder in the sense that they will eat unhealthy food because of who told them to eat healthy food instead. There is no recourse to why they should eat healthy food in their brains. Until they personally decide to make an effort to keep themselves healthy, they will not take any advice on the subject. But once the decision is made, suddenly my advice is soaked up like a sponge.
Because of this strange internal switch, I find these people very difficult to be friends with, therefore I avoid them like the plague. This saves me the lecture because when I hear the words: “stop telling me what to do”, I really hear, “you’re a horrible friend.”