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Whether or Not Therapy is Needed for People Pleasing

Being a people pleaser can be a challenging trait to deal with, as it often involves sacrificing your own needs and desires in order to make others happy.


While it can be difficult to recognize when being a people pleaser is causing problems in your life, there are some signs that therapy may be helpful:

  1. You have a hard time saying no to others. People pleasers often have a hard time setting boundaries and saying no to others, even when they are uncomfortable with a request or do not have the time or energy to fulfill it. If you find yourself constantly sacrificing your own needs to make others happy, therapy can be helpful in learning how to set healthy boundaries and prioritize your own well-being.

  2. You struggle with self-worth. People pleasers often have low self-worth and may feel like their value is based on how well they meet the needs of others. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy and a lack of confidence in your own abilities. Therapy can help you work through these issues and build a stronger sense of self-worth.

  3. You feel anxious or stressed when you are not able to please others. The pressure to constantly meet the needs of others can be exhausting and can lead to feelings of anxiety and stress. Therapy can help you learn how to manage these emotions and find ways to take care of yourself.

  4. You have a hard time speaking up for yourself. People pleasers may have a hard time advocating for their own needs and wants and may feel like their opinions are not valid. Therapy can help you build assertiveness and learn how to communicate your needs and boundaries effectively.



If you are a people pleaser and are struggling with any of these issues, it may be helpful to consider seeking therapy. A therapist can help you work through these challenges and develop healthier ways of relating to others. Remember, it is okay to prioritize your own well-being and to set boundaries with others.


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