Seeking Advice

We often fail to seek advice because it makes us look bad or less than. The research reports the contrary. When we seek advice people are flattered that you think so well of them. So in fact, being asked for advice is flattering and it increases their self-confidence. In other words, others think you were smart to ask them because they are so smart. But, the seeker must be certain that the person they are seeking advice from does know the answer or else the results backfire.
Conclusion: Seek advice, just ensure the person you ask thinks they know the topic.

Scientific American Mind, Page 26. March/April 2015

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