Many times when people are depressed, going through a medical illness, going through a crisis etc others will tend to give advice instead of simply being there for the person. I will admit that many times I can be too much of an advice giver. Instead I should rest my hand on their shoulder or give a hug and simply say "I am here for you". While we do mean well when we give advice, it can sound like we are waving off their feelings. I am trying to remember this when others tell me about something that they are going through. I have to put myself in their shoes and think if that I was in their situation what would I want others to do?
Something to ponder.
How do you handle this? Do you tend to be too much of an advice giver too?