People Pleaser

As we collectively face the uncertainty of the coronavirus landscape, psychologist Dr. Morgan McCain suggests we may find ourselves engaging in people-pleasing behaviors as a survival strategy or coping mechanism.  This behavior can also be a way to find acceptance or avoid vulnerability.  It allows us to focus on the needs of another while not having to reveal too much about ourselves.  While this strategy may be useful in some circumstances, it may compromise our safety in high stress situations.

Read on for suggestions on ways to combat this ingrained response: