Advice that completely ignores the reality of the problem. Example: someone sees a counselor/or writes to an advice columnist/posts on an Internet forum that they are having trouble making friends. They join common interest groups, try to get involved at church or school, extend invitations, but nothing ever progresses beyond casual acquaintances. Without fail, the advice says that maybe the person is unconsciously giving negative social cues, and they should ask a few trusted friends for honest feedback. Methinks if they had a few trusted friends, they wouldn't be asking how to make friends!