Monday, 1 February 2010


I have just been asked for advice. I know if I respond, my advice won't be taken. I will probably make the recipient cross. The thing is, when you're asked for advice, it's usually just a ruse - the person doing the asking doesn't want advice at all, they want praise. But who doesn't want that? Praise is the single most popular item in the arsenal of human interaction. Dish it out and see how people love it. Hardly anyone is immune to the blandishments of praise. Take my advice - praise me. You know you want to.

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