Don't like being told what to do? Dr Schomer talks the science of giving advice

Giving advice is a skill we all possess. We dish it out whether good or bad; we can’t help it. We tell others what to do and how to do it. We try to win them over to what we believe in. This week, Dr Schomer and Redi Tlhabi look at the science of giving advice.

We all have strong points of human belief that others should do just the way we think it should be done and most of us are quite comfortable expressing those views whenever we get a chance.

Dr Helgo Schomer

According to Dr Schomer, people learn through observation. It means learning from what other people went through. For example, an overweight person is likely to take advice from a person who has lost weight rather than another overweight person. Dr Schomer says people tend to follow the behaviours of a person who is successful and powerful. Advice has to come from a good source, he says.

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