The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome

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A New York Times bestseller NOW IN PAPERBACK

Bestselling author and frequent "Oprah" guest Dr. Harriet Braiker offers help for anyone who has ever felt the resentment of giving 100 percent to others and getting nothing in return.

Featured on NBC's "Today," The Disease to Please explodes the dangerous myth that "people pleasing" is a benign problem. It is the first book to treat people pleasing as a serious psychological syndrome,and it breaks ...

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The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome

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Overview

A New York Times bestseller NOW IN PAPERBACK

Bestselling author and frequent "Oprah" guest Dr. Harriet Braiker offers help for anyone who has ever felt the resentment of giving 100 percent to others and getting nothing in return.

Featured on NBC's "Today," The Disease to Please explodes the dangerous myth that "people pleasing" is a benign problem. It is the first book to treat people pleasing as a serious psychological syndrome,and it breaks new ground in its approach to offer a cure. Dr. Braiker offers a 21-Day Action Plan for curing the Disease to Please. A daily psychological workout and skills-training program,it will help readers replace the compulsion to comply with a more conscious and reasoned choice to care. The Disease to Please includes: Extensive case studies Diary and journal formats to help recovery An effective three-stage short-term therapy approach



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 Pleaseexplodes 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.

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You’re probably too tired to read this book. If you -- like millions of women and men -- try everyday to meet the needs of your loved ones, you’re probably exhausted. But this book from renowned psychologist Harriet B. Braiker can help you overcome that tiredness by helping you overcome the need to please.

Braiker shows us how the urge to be “nice” can leave us depleted. Why do we feel pressure to care for others before ourselves? And how we can put our own needs back on the docket? With revealing quizzes and explanations, the author helps to find answers that return us to ourselves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932378214
  • Publisher: America Media International
  • Publication date: 2/15/2004
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged, 4 CD's, 4 hrs. 30 min.
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 4
  • Product dimensions: 5.01 (w) x 5.91 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Disease to Please Triangle: The Price of Nice.
Part One: People-Pleasing Mindsets.
Chapter 2: Toxic Thoughts.
Chapter 3: It's Okay Not to be Nice.
Chapter 4: Putting Others First.
Chapter 5: There's More to You Than How Much You Do.
Chapter 6: Nice People Can Say "No".
Part Two: People-Pleasing Habits.
Chapter 7: Learning to Please: Approval Addiction.
Chapter 8: Why Can't You Get Your Parents' Approval.
Chapter 9: Love at All Costs.
Chapter 10: Romantic Addiction.
Part Three: People-Pleasing Feelings.
Chapter 11: Once More, Without Feelings.
Chapter 12: The Fear of Anger.
Chapter 13: Words Can Really Hurt You.
Chapter 14: How Far Would You Go to Avoid a Confrontation.
Chapter 15: Small Steps, Big Changes.
The 21-Day Action Plan for Curing the Disease to Please.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    FIND THE TIME.. it will change you

    The name says it all... Addiction to pleasing others.. fear of conflict... so many of us have this problem..BUT THIS book helps you get past it... I am changed.. it might be one of the FEW self help books that will change your life

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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