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Saturday, July 9, 2016

People-Pleasing: The Hidden Dangers of Always Being “Too Nice”

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by Aletheia Luna
Loner Wolf

You feel the pressure throb in your veins. A lump rises in your throat as your colleagues watch you closely. They are expecting an answer. They are expecting you to comply. Every fibre of your being wants to scream “NO I CAN’T.” But as if possessed, you automatically smile sweetly and say, “Yes, I’ll do it, thanks for asking.”

WTF is going on here?! Why can’t you just say “no,” and walk away?

If you’re like me, people-pleasing has run havoc in your life. It has crushed your spirit repeatedly. It has robbed you of peace of mind, personal empowerment and the courage to follow your goals and dreams. It has hit you while you’re down and dragged you through the dirt. It might have also contributed to chronic issues in your life such as anxiety disorders, depression, addiction or co-dependency.

So what exactly is people-pleasing … and how can we heal the root cause of it?
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