I found an article in TIMES by Tiffany Sharples O'Callaghan entitled The Contagion Effect of Bad Decisions". In this passage, she talks about how people should not take cues and advice from others because doing so, "can steer you in the wrong direction". I can see where O'Callaghan is coming from, but then, I have to disagree.
"Taking cues from others can steer you in the wrong direction" is not necessarily true. One, who said they were bad cues? And two, can't people help every once in a while? I think so. It's not healthy for an individual to keep everything bottled up inside and try to figure out everything on his/her own. A person needs to find a friend who they can trust and who has a good reputation to get advice from and more than likely, the friend will be able to help.
Not everybody is a person that follows just because "everyone is doing it". No offense O'Callaghan, but who do you think we are? Hopefully, we are grown up enough to have some good friends.
If a friend sees that another friend needs help then they care enough to help. Maybe the friend that is trying to help just wanted to give advice that happened to them from past experiences. I don't see a problem with that.
However, I can see where O'Callaghan was coming from. Sometimes a person just needs to follow their own heart and do what they think is right. Yes, take advice from good friends but after that stop, take your training wheels off and follow your heart.