Be on the lookout...
Every day we interact with people with a variety of personality issues. Sometimes we recognize these issues and put names to them; co-dependent, enmeshed, addicted, loner, passive-aggressive. These behavior patterns are ones that we mostly know about and even how to deal with.
One common behavior pattern I often see is the people pleaser. Their behavior is easy to spot, but challenging to define with words. I can say for certain that I am not a people pleaser, but I know a few of them
They have several similar traits that make them easy to spot. Once you know what to look for in your new friendships, then you can protect yourself if you feel the need to. Here are the 6 traits to look out for:
1. New friends mean the world to them
These new friends don’t know the people pleaser and thus can’t judge them. It’s easier to be nicer to the people who don’t know you well. The People Pleaser (PP) works hard to let these new friends know that they are important.
Invite them to events, make them the center of attention. The new people feel really wanted. The down side is the moment other new people appear on the scene, the PP moves on.
2. Your opinion is important to them
Because the PP has difficulty in how they view themselves and how others view them, validation from others become all important. If someone challenges them they will avoid this person at all costs or eliminate them from their circle of friends.
Appearances are of utmost importance to the people pleaser. They need to make sure that they are doing the "cool" things. With the use of social media, it has become easier for the PP to keep up appearances.
3. They avoid confrontation
No one likes confrontation normally, but a PP will lose sleep because of a potential confrontation. Because of the desire to appear cool or hip, numerous shallow relationships are often the key. This is because deeper relationships take work and often include confrontations or critiques of behavior.
4. Time-management doesn’t exist
A PP is constantly moving to avoid rest which then could possibly lead to self-reflection. They will make commitments to others that they will consistently get out of or not complete.
5. Being nice is more important than being real
A PP gets stuck emotionally because they are compelled to be nice instead of expressing how they really feel about things.
If they were to express how they really feel, someone may not like it which would then lead to a possible confrontation. This leads to a PP feeling overwhelmed because, somehow, they are less of a person if someone were to think poorly of them.
6. They show signs of anxiety or discontentment
Due to the constant pressure to perform and keep up appearances a PP often suffers from anxiety and discontentment. These mental health issues can often go unrecognized, and the PP sees this simply as a fact of life. It can affect family relationships in a negative way if they don’t get the right help.
If you run into this type of personality, they need your help and understanding.
It's difficult to go deep and help this person see where they need help, but they need someone like you in their life. They need someone willing to accept their ways, while also being willing to make the consistent attempt to help see that there is another way to interact with people.
It will be a challenge, but ultimately worth it.
This article was originally published at The website of relationship expert David Simonsen. Reprinted with permission from the author.