I was very aware of office politics because I was so baffled by them. So much so goes unsaid. No one says 'you're a cheeky so-and-so ' no one says 'you're so moody ' nobody ever confronts anyone else about anything. But I'm very crass and I'm very confrontational and I have a temper. I had to be hyper-vigilant in every office I worked in.
The two most misused words in the entire English vocabulary are love and friendship. A true friend would die for you so when you start trying to count them on one hand you don't need any fingers.