(Closed) I want to stop being a people pleaser?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Mrsluckywife:  I’m mostly commenting to follow. I’m a pretty big people pleaser too and know exactly what you mean when you say you find yourself frustrated and exhausted. I think I’ve gotten a bit better over the years from a combination of increasing my confidence and honestly, I find in work situations especially, I just don’t have the time to be passive. I think assertiveness is like any other skill… practice makes perfect. It may feel uncomfortable the first few times, but eventually you’ll get more used to it.

Post # 5
2283 posts
Buzzing bee

Here are three articles that might help: 




In the comments for the article from the third link (A Life on Your Terms), there is a comment from a user called “Guido” that makes some very good points and has some very helpful information. I suggest reading that comment, even if you don’t read all, or any, of the main post. 

You could also Google or search “how to stop being a people pleaser”, or something to that effect, to find more articles and tips. 

Post # 6
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

@Mrsluckywife:  Aw, if more people were like you, the world would be a much more compassionate place!

Stop apologizing. That’s a good start. If you’re struggling with this part, turn your apologies into something constructive, such as: “I’m sorry you feel this way” then explain why you disagree. State the behaviour; don’t make it subjective about the person.

Be honest when it comes to dealing with your Mother-In-Law.

When you WANT TO disagree, say something like, “I like that idea, BUT …”

Validate that others are smart and intelligent, but persuade and influence others so that they buy into your ideas. I hope that makes sense?

Post # 7
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Mrsluckywife:  I believe that society in general has a huge misconception and misunderstanding of the differences between Aggression and Assertion. The latter is so often mistaken for the former. Begin becoming an assertive and straightforward person, and your life will truly change! 

start small. Make statements instead of asking questions. “I’d like a Venti mocha frappe” instead of “hi can I have a Venti mocha frappe…” Practice this WHEREVER you go! 

“Please and thank you, excuse me, I respectfully disagree”….are all simple statements that go A LONG WAY and need no explanations. 

Practice apologizing ONLY when and if it is necessary. Before the words escape your mouth, ask yourself “am I responsible for….” 

A mindset that “I am JUST as important as anyone else” is healthy. Not, “I am MORE important…” What can I offer those around me? What am I justifiably and reasonably entitled to? What tone is being set by those I’m speaking and interacting with? If it’s negative or if I’m being intimidated, how can I turn that around? Positive IIIIIII statements, that’s how. 

And one of my favorite reminders to myself…”what makes me think I am special enough to over come

(fill in the blank)” chances are I’m not a special exception to anything. But I CAN and Will stay in control of myself, and my reactions and what comes out of my mouth. 

If every move you make in life is driven by a healthy and balanced self-esteem, which we all struggle with in certain situations and around certain individuals, then your interactions will be smoother and much more enjoyable. 

point is, try incorporating all of these mindsets into your daily life and begin practicing them. Soon you’ll find that you’re gaining respect and accomplishing the things you want in life a little more effortlesy, and without any GUILT.


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