Stop me if you’ve heard this one:
Woman complains to man. Man tries to offer solutions to fix woman’s problem. Woman gets mad at man because she just wanted him to listen. Many gets confused and frustrated because woman is acting crazy.
Somebody (Jason Headley) made a short movie about it.
The scary part? I recognize how crazy this girl looks and I still understand where she’s coming from.
While an extreme case, this really does happen in relationships, even platonic ones. My advice (if you’re up for it) is to ask the complainer what they would like from you. Do they want to fix the problem, or would they prefer that you just listen and support them? Clear expectations, friends, this is what life is all about.