I Love Recovery on the Negative Effects of People-Pleasing

(June 21, 2019)

I Love Recovery Editor-In-Chief Nicola O’Hanlon recently shared a piece on the consequences of people-pleasing—an important behavior to recognize particularly in addiction recovery. She identifies self-neglect, anger and resentment, being present but disengaged, anxiety and depression, and being taken advantage of as some of the consequences of engaging in people-pleasing behavior. Nicola offers her insights on overcoming the negative outcomes of people-pleasing:

“If we learn self-care and self-respect we teach those around us to follow the same path. We have the vitality, health and enthusiasm to take care of all the things we need to in our lives and slowly joy starts to show up again. You find yourself wanting to engage and converse with people again and there is a renewed interest in all the things that are important to us. Family life improves. Children feel safe to come and talk to you instead of worrying about being an extra burden and getting out of bed in the morning is not so hard anymore.”

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