The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome Paperback – Mar 6 2002
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New York Times Advice Bestseller; Hardcover edition sold over 25,000 copies Hardcover was excerpted in Working Woman and was author was featured on The Today Show Oprah Winfrey continues to speak about the need to cure her disease to please. Case study illustrations from Braikers extensive clinical experience working with both men and women who suffer from various aspects of the Disease to Please. The book will also include a People Pleaser Quiz to help readers identify their people pleaser tendencies.
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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"
People pleasers are not just nice people who go overboard trying to make everyone happy. Those who suffer from the Disease to Please are people who say "Yes" when they really want to say "No." For them, the uncontrollable need for the elusive approval of others is an addiction. Their debilitating fears of anger and confrontation force them to use "niceness" and "people-pleasing" as self-defense camouflage.
Featured on NBC's "Today," "The Disease to Please" explodes the dangerous myth that "people pleasing" is a benign problem. Best-selling author and frequent "Oprah" guest Dr. Harriet Braiker offers clear, positive, practical, and easily do-able steps toward recovery.
Begin with a simple but revealing quiz to discover what type of people-pleaser you are. Then learn how making even small changes to any single portion of the Disease to Please Triangle - involving your thoughts, feelings, and behavior - will cause a dramatic, positive and long-lasting change to the overall syndrome.
As a recovered peoplepleaser, you will finally see that a balanced way of living that takes others into consideration but puts the emphasis first on pleasing yourself and gaining your own approval is the clearest path to health and happiness."See all Product Description
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This is an important book. I think it is a critical read for anyone who has been abused, used or taken advantage of. It is important for the individual to understand why and how they got to be in the position and how they aquired the "Disease to Please".
If you are a people-pleaser and find it hard to say no, then get this book. Very informative and easy to read.
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f you want to stop being TOO nice, but don't want to stop being nice, you may need some help along the way. There are several books that can help. Read morePublished on May 4 2011 by D. Cuff
This book is a truely inspiring learning experience, for those of us that try to do it all, putting ourselves after every body else. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2011 by Ron Kehn
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