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That People-Pleaser Personality

Managing Conflicting Priorities

written by Mel Menzies August 30, 2019
That People-Pleaser Personality

The old maxim: “You can please all of the people some of the time; some of the people all of the time; but you can’t please all of the people all of the time,” is one, I suspect, that must be familiar to many politicians and not a few parents. Trying to please everybody frequently results in pleasing nobody – least of all yourself. So, what if you’re someone who seems to have an inbuilt urge to please all of the people all of the time – and you have what’s termed a “people-pleaser” personality? What if you’re the firstborn child – the eldest child in the family – and other people have expectations of you that they don’t have of other family members? What if you’re none of those things, but simply believe that everyone – everyone except you, that is – has a right to expect love and respect?

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