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I used to be a big fan of soap operas growing up.

No kidding, when I was 4 years old, I knew all of the characters and plot lines of Days of Our Lives. To this day, even though I haven’t watched it in years, I could still tell you all about Hope and Bo and John and Marlena and the villainous Stefano.

I loved how ridiculous they were … people “died” on a regular basis, and just as …

Side Chat: Curing your people-pleasing disease

people pleasing

As Samuel L. Jackson said in Jurassic Park, “Hold on to your butts.”

He was talking about dinosaurs, but honestly, we’re talking about something that a lot of people find equally terrifying: How to let go of your compulsion to please everyone around you.

In preparation for this episode, we both read The Disease to Please by Harriet Braiker, PhD., and OH MAN, there is a lot to get into.

If you’re someone who feels impaired by the compulsion to put others’ needs first, to never say “no,” to strive endlessly for everyone’s approval, and to try to make everyone else happy, all while being as NICE as possible and avoiding conflict like it’s your …