She had A one-night stand

Woman (UK) - - Ask The Expert -

QI found a younger col­league cry­ing in the toi­lets. we only spoke briefly, but she said she’d had a one-night stand the night be­fore. I want to help, but I hon­estly don’t know what to say to her.

Su­san says:

AWhat you say to your col­league isn’t nearly as im­por­tant as how you lis­ten to her. Be­cause what she prob­a­bly needs is to ex­plore why she feels so bad. Does she feel ashamed? Does she feel em­bar­rassed? Per­haps she’s scared she’s caught an in­fec­tion or got preg­nant. Or per­haps she’s re­cently slept with some­one in­ap­pro­pri­ate, like her boss? If so, is the prob­lem that she’s in a re­la­tion­ship, wor­ried about her part­ner find­ing out? Sug­gest a cof­fee, let her talk it through. Car­ing at­ten­tion is al­ways the best form of sup­port.

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