This past weekend I was put in a weird predicament. I am friendly with a couple. I know the woman professionally, and she’s taken a liking to me. Her live-in boyfriend also hangs around enough that I’ve gotten to know him fairly well. They both take my class, so there’s also a student-teacher dynamic at play.I must have a disarming effect on the woman, because lately almost every time I see her alone she collapses into a puddle of tears. She cries over various aspects of her relationship and life. I mostly just listen and hold her as she sobs. This past weekend, boyfriend shows up to class alone and asks to see me after for a chat. He begins the conversation by asking for my mentorship in his learning process, but then he veered off sharply into discussing the current strains on his relationship. Two friends, both have asked for my advice, and I want to stay the fuck out of their relationship because this is CLEARLY NONE OF MY BIZNASS.The less evolved me would have insinuated myself into the situation because I was nosy and controlling. The better version of me has the good sense to see any involvement with this scenario is rife with conflict.I listened to boyfriend talk about his relationship. I asked him a few neutral questions that I thought might set off his own self-inquiry. Then I wrote down my therapist’s number and said you should really consider talking to a professional about this.These overshares leave me in a weird and awkward position. As much as I appreciate their trust, this pair should really pay a professional listener to help them work out their personal problems instead of inappropriately cornering me at work.It’s flattering to be asked for advice, but I’m slowly learning the wisdom of putting my ego and opinion aside and keeping my mouth shut when the matter is none of my concern.