If you identify as a people pleaser, you may feel…
like the people in your life don’t appreciate you enough
like your kindness and generosity are often taken advantage of
like you need to agree with whoever is in front of you because you’re afraid of conflict or you want their admiration
like you had to change a part of yourself so you could fit in with the crowd
like you need to apologize for someone else’s feelings and behaviors
like saying No is a difficult and potentially wrong thing to do
like your worth is dependent upon how others see you
like you’re depleted and there isn’t enough time to care for yourself, because you dedicate most of your time to others
Hi, I’m Bryana! I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a recovering people pleaser. I know firsthand the effort it takes to mask up and be what everybody expects you to be. It’s exhausting being constantly available, while never knowing if your efforts are actually enough.
It’s not a character flaw to be a people pleaser. The heart of the pleaser is usually consumed with kindness and compassion. People pleasers are often anxious about others’ opinions of them, and overly concerned with the thoughts, feelings, and needs of others.
People Pleasers are often extremely accommodating to their own fault. They are great friends, excellent listeners, and always available while asking for very little in return.
People pleasers often minimize their own needs and problems, which fuels resentment when others see them as highly competent and ‘never needing anyone’.
People pleasers are prone to burn out. They burn out in relationships, at work, and practically everywhere they feel pressured to please while also losing sight of themselves.
Despite the gargantuan efforts people pleasers make to show up for the people in their lives, they often struggle with feeling like they’re not good enough, perpetuating cycles of guilt, shame, and blame.
It’s HARD being a people pleaser!
As a mom of 2 toddlers, I also know firsthand the impact that people-pleasing has on how we parent. For the past 11 years, I’ve worked with well-meaning parents who simply want the best for their children. Oftentimes, these parents find themselves caught in the trap of people-pleasing with their own children, because they never learned how not to.
Here’s how people pleasing shows up in our relationship with our kids:
You may struggle to manage your kids emotions, so you work incredibly hard to appease them and avoid meltdowns.
You may feel like you can’t give enough to your kids, and thus you feel resentful.
You may feel under-appreciated, unseen, and unheard in the family system.
You may struggle to set boundaries with your kids, because unconsciously you want them to like you. Plus, you really don’t want the conflict.
If you have a challenging moment with your children, you may assume it’s because you’re a complete and utter failure as a parent.
You may over-parent and do too much for your kids, costing them important opportunities for building confidence and competence.
People Pleasers started off as Parent Pleasers.
If you were raised in a traditional parenting environment, most likely you were conditioned to please your parents. How does typically this happen? When parents praise us for being compliant, ‘good’ kids, and withdraw their affection when we misbehave, we learn very early on:
Being perfect gets me the attention I need.
Being bad makes me feel lonely, isolated, and unwanted.
Parental attention is critical for our social safety and survival.
Did you hear things like:
Get good grades and make us proud!
Do your chores or you’ll get a punishment.
Follow my orders the first time, or else.
Serve your uncles coffee so they know you’re a good kid.
I wouldn’t have screamed if you would have just behaved the way I told you to!
These are just some examples of how your parents may have programmed you into excessive people-pleasing. When we learn that behaving in a pleasing way is a vital form of currency to get our basic needs met in our primary relationships, we assume this is how we must behave in every relationship in order to survive.
You might have been raised to be a Parent Pleaser if you were conditioned to:
Serve your parent’s needs, emotions, and interests, especially at the expense of your own
Notice and attend to what enrages your parent and actively avoid it
Feel afraid of disappointing a parent
Feel ashamed if you let a parent down
Believe your parent’s emotions were your responsibility
This workshop aims to help you shift away from the people pleasing pattern that keeps you stuck in resentment, lack of fulfillment, and guilt. You’ll learn how to deconstruct where your people pleasing patterns began and explore how these patterns impact you in your personal and parent life. If you identify as a people pleaser and you want to break this cycle for your own kids, this workshop was designed for you.
Make Space For Yourself: Gain key strategies for unmasking your inner people pleaser and better prioritizing your needs without guilt or shame.
Set Confident Boundaries: Learn how to say NO without fear and YES without obligation.
Transform from Pleaser to Provider: Teach your children how to problem-solve, resolve differences, see multiple perspectives, respect the needs of everybody, and set appropriate boundaries for themselves, without sacrificing yourself in the process.
Empowered & Confident that I Can Let Go of People Pleasing
Life changing teachings
More affordable than therapy
Check out the free preview video for 3 actionable tips you can utilize immediately to let go of your inner people pleaser.
This is a 2 hour long pre-recorded workshop of a LIVE event. You will have access to the recording of this workshop for 365 days and can stop and start at your own pace. Upon purchase, a handout will be provided that outlines primary discussion topics, reflective questions, and space for note taking.
Disclaimer: Purchasing a workshop does not initiate any type of therapeutic relationship with Bryana Kappadakunnel. This one-time coaching workshop is not therapy and does not replace therapy.
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