Every Wednesday: I never fail to be disgusted with advice columns. I will pat myself on the back this week for being on schedule. As always, I am in awe when it comes to awful examples like Dear Prudence and Dear Abby. The columnists seem to get rewarded for giving you bad advice. I think that people get terrible advice from them. I don’t blame anyone that calls advice column responses garbage. I use my postings to correct these responses and help society by being an utmost asshole, (as always, a hat tip to Aaron Clarey at Asshole Consulting).
Consider this piece from Ask Amy’s column (courtesy of Tribune Content Agency ) from October 20, 2020:
Dear (Matt): I’m a 22-year-old woman, and I got dumped last week by my boyfriend (he is 21). We had been together for two months. It was the most romantic and happiest time for us both.
We made plans to spend our lives together (getting married, having kids, etc.).
His reason for the breakup was to spend time on his own to deal with his PTSD and depression from an abusive relationship that he got out of this year.
He called our relationship: “right person, wrong time,” but I asked him if the breakup was permanent yesterday, and he said it was. He said that when he feels better, he’ll want a fresh start, but I don’t understand. If I’m the right person, then why is he ending our relationship?
Whenever he said he loved me or wanted a life with me and that he has never been as in love until me, I could tell he was telling the truth. I love him so much and this has affected me so badly. I know he still loves me, so why is he acting like he hates me right now? He threatened to block me on social media.
Can you help me?
I struggle with not hurting people’s feelings when they are somewhat correct to be upset. But I am going to level with you.
This boyfriend of yours was never in any shape to be dating, marrying, or even making promises to do either one of these. He isn’t the best pick for you. He never was. He lied to you.
He didn’t lie to you in that he wanted to get married and start a family. He lied to you in giving you the impression that he was healthy enough to make those kind of decisions.
At best in his life he is a bucket of smashed assholes. He does need to work on himself before he could be a healthy example of what a man can be.
Feel free to find someone that is healthy enough to be with you. In the past you were the medicine for a broken man. In the future, find someone that is already healed up. Don’t be a caretaker. You will lose respect and attraction for a patient.
He doesn’t hate you. He hates himself and he is acting like a child, not a man. Take the first step and block him. Move on and be healthy yourself.
I don’t imagine that I will have a shortage of emails to answer. I would love to start doing this for anyone that sends me an email. If this is you; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you hate advice columns; I don’t blame you. If it isn’t soft people giving advice; it is someone trying to justify acting like an insensitive asshole. Till next week.