A book I would read -- Unsolicited: A taxonomy of advice. It would explore the motivations and impacts of unasked for advice. What does the 'exchange' accomplish for the giver? What is the impact on the receiver?
To what extent does it hold social hierarchies in place? Does it contributed to imposter syndrome? Why are the social penalties for naming when advice is unwanted so high and the response sometimes vindictive, violent, or out of proportion?
Is the giving an act of domination? Is receiving it with anything other than outright "I didn't ask for this" interpreted as submission?
Anyway, if such a book has already been written I'd like to read it.

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