The Disease to Please

By Harriet Braiker,

Book cover of The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome

Book description

What's wrong with being a "people pleaser?" Plenty!

"A fascinating book... If you struggle with where, when, and how to draw the line between your own desires and the demands of others, buy this book!" Kay Redfield Jamison, bestselling author of An Unquiet Mind and Night Falls Fast

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2 authors picked The Disease to Please as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This book is another great book for people with anxiety. The desire for social acceptance can be very anxiety-provoking for many people. This can lead to a pattern of self-denial and people-pleasing behaviors. This book teaches how to have healthy boundaries while still having positive relationships, thereby reducing anxiety. This book is very well-written, simple, easy to follow, and highly recommended by therapists and counselors.

Are you a people pleaser? A lot of my clients are. They worry about people liking them. They end up taking on tasks they really don’t want to do because they don’t know how to set boundaries or say “no” effectively. This book looks at the mindsets, habits, and emotional components of people-pleasing, and provides a 21-day plan to teach yourself specific skills to overcome these tendencies. When you do, you will automatically be treating yourself better.

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