People Pleaser s Guide to Loving Others without Losing Yourself
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We all want other people to like us and think well of us. But when we depend on the praise, admiration, or appreciation of others for our sense of self-worth, we become trapped in an exhausting and debilitating cycle of people-pleasing relationships where we always give and rarely receive. The most common advice we hear--Start putting your own needs first!-- doesn't work, because we do love helping other people!Thankfully, the solution to the people pleaser's "problem" isn't to fundamentally change who you are--it's to fundamentally change where you find your worth. In this freeing book, Dr. Mike Bechtle shows you stop letting your fears of rejection, criticism, invisibility, or inadequacy drive your actions and start rebuilding your sense of self-worth from the inside out. When you do, you'll discover that what you once thought of as a struggle is actually a strength.



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Date de parution 19 janvier 2021
Nombre de lectures 5
EAN13 9781493428922
Langue English

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Praise for Dealing with the Elephant in the Room
“What a fantastic book! Mike Bechtle is not only entertaining and compelling but his advice is rock-solid and practical. Anyone who is serious about having healthy relationships—at work or on the home front—will love this book.”
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott , authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts
“Mike Bechtle skillfully guides us to good communication skills. He points out that when we’re under stress without the proper tools we usually default to toxic patterns learned in childhood—yelling, whining, or clamming up! Our body language, as well as our spoken words, can effectively calm our tough conversations or ignite a raging war. Being an effective communicator can be learned by using his easily applicable counsel. His book is full of wisdom.”
Elizabeth B. Brown , author of Living Successfully with Screwed- Up People
Praise for How to Communicate with Confidence
“Mike is a student of the art of communication. He will make a good teacher for every reader.”
John Ortberg , author and pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
“Does anyone really know how to communicate well? Mike does, and this is a great tool to develop more intimate relationships and deeper connections in any situation.”
Steve Arterburn , New Life Ministries
Half Title Page
Other Books by Mike Bechtle
Dealing with the Elephant in the Room
What Was He Thinking?
People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them the Keys
How to Communicate with Confidence
Evangelism for the Rest of Us
Title Page
Copyright Page
© 2021 by Mike Bechtle
Published by Revell
a division of Baker Publishing Group
PO Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287
Ebook edition created 2021
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—for example, electronic, photocopy, recording—without the prior written permission of the publisher. The only exception is brief quotations in printed reviews.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is on file at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
ISBN 978-1-4934-2892-2
Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
To Averie
You are a masterpiece God’s poem I watch you with amazement and joy You are enough Just the way you are
Cover 1
Endorsements 2
Half Title Page 3
her Books by Mike Bechtle 4
Title Page 5
Copyright Page 6
Dedication 7
Introduction: The Quest for Freedom 11
Part 1: Building a Vision 17
1. How Did We Get This Way? 21
2. What Kind of People Pleaser Am I? 28
3. How to Spot a Counterfeit 39
Part 2: Fear Factors 47
4. I Need You to Like Me: Fear of Rejection 51
5. I Need You to Not Be Angry with Me: Fear of Conflict 59
6. I Need You to Notice Me: Fear of Invisibility 69
7. I Need You to Affirm Me: Fear of Inadequacy 76
8. I Need You to Need Me: Fear of Irrelevance 85
Part 3: Building Blocks for World-Class People Pleasing 93
9. Building Block #1—Being Proactive: Take Personal Responsibility 97
10. Building Block #2—Staying Connected: Access the Value of Relationships 105
11. Building Block #3—Building Confidence: See Yourself Accurately 114
12. Building Block #4—Crafting Integrity: Live an Honest Life 123
13. Building Block #5—Strengthening Communication: Master the Tools of Connection 131
14. Building Block #6—Fostering Curiosity: Maintain a Thirst for Wonder 140
15. Building Block #7—Sharpening Focus: Pay Attention without Distraction 149
16. Building Block #8—Practicing Self-Care: Invest in Yourself 156
17. Building Block #9—Developing Gratefulness: Search for the Positive 164
18. Building Block #10—Keeping Perspective: Accept Reality 172
Part 4: How to Change 179
19. The Secret to Changing Everything 181
20. The Faith Chapter 188
21. A Long-Term Strategy for Success 195
The Final Word 201
Acknowledgments 203
Notes 205
About the Author 209
Back Ads 211
Back Cover 215
The Quest for Freedom
I was always going to let someone down, so I decided it wouldn’t be me anymore.
I wrote this book because I was tired.
I’ve spent my whole life being a people pleaser. I didn’t realize it was happening because it had become so much a part of my life—much like water goes unnoticed by a fish. I wanted people to like me, and almost all my decisions were based on how to make that happen.
When I was in high school, I felt insecure about myself (doesn’t everyone?). So when I first started working, I picked jobs that were different from what my friends were doing: working in a morgue, selling sheet music, running a commercial printing press, presenting a drive-time radio show, doing wedding photography, and so on. I figured that people would notice what I did and would be impressed.
It worked; they were impressed. But it didn’t help me. Deep inside I knew that they were only impressed with what I was doing, not with who I was on the inside (or so I thought). I never gave them a chance to see who I really was because it was too risky.
I also made it a point to be “nice.” I was attracted to people, especially adults, who were kind and agreeable and never got upset. They were consistent, and everybody liked them. I wondered why they never got angry about anything, and I assumed they just weren’t angry people. So when I got angry, I learned to stuff it inside so nobody would know. I might be irritated at someone on the inside, but I’d say, “Oh, that’s OK.”
I wasn’t OK. I became a counterfeit—but I believed it was essential to survival.
In other words, I was never my true self; I was a distorted mirror image of myself that I had created for others to see. This took a lot of work, because I could never let my guard down. My façade required constant vigilance. It had become my identity, and I was focused on keeping up that image.
I was a serial people pleaser.
Searching for a Solution
Eventually, I started running out of fuel. I realized I was living for others instead of myself, but I felt trapped and didn’t see a way out. I had trouble sleeping at night because my mind was racing with anxiety. I knew this wasn’t sustainable and that at some point I would crash and burn.
I went to a bookstore to see what was available that might help and found a number of books to choose from. I flipped through most of them and found three common messages: People pleasing is bad. You need to stop being a people pleaser. The way to stop is to focus on pleasing yourself, not others.
It kind of made sense but somehow didn’t ring true. I felt like these books were telling me to become irritating and obnoxious to others and just pay attention to me. This seemed foreign to the person I had been my whole life. I wasn’t an irritating person; I was a nice person. Did I have to stop being nice?
I read those books, then checked out different articles and websites—and found much of the same advice: I needed to change my focus from meeting the needs of others to taking care of #1—me. The more I read, the more I saw the same perspective. If this was true, my lifelong focus on others had been robbing me of myself.
I apparently needed to become more selfish.
But deep inside, nagging thoughts kept rising.
Could there be a good side to being a people pleaser?
Could there be another, better way to feel good about myself than depending on what others think?
Could I still be a people pleaser if I developed a healthy view of myself?
Could I still care about others but do it from a place of confidence and strength?
That’s where my journey began. To answer those questions, I began exploring how to build a view of myself that wasn’t based on the opinions of others. If I could see myself accurately and learn to accept my uniqueness, I wouldn’t have to try to impress others anymore. I could just care about them.
And so, this book goes one step further than most of the others I’ve seen out there. It recognizes the negative side of being a people pleaser, when it’s just a vehicle to build our own self-esteem. But it also recognizes there’s a positive side to pleasing that comes from learning to focus on ourselves to become healthy.
If we can get to that healthy place, it provides a perfect foundation for being a “power” people pleaser. We can reach out to serve others and meet their needs—for the right reasons. We can truly focus on others because we’re OK with who we really are.
The People Pleasing Payoff
I wish I could say I’m writing this book in the past tense and that I’ve been completely healed from my lifelong struggle with people pleasing. Well, the tendencies are still there, and I’m not finished yet. But I’ve found a whole new level of confidence from being myself and capitalizing on that uniqueness to reach out to others. I’m on a journey, and I want to invite you to come with me so you can find freedom as well. I don’t pretend to have all the answers; I just want to be your guide as you begin your own journey.
Think of this as a conversation over coffee. In each chapter, we’ll meet to talk through different aspects of the process. We’ll discuss what works and what doesn’t and share stories of others who have wrestled with the same struggles. We’ll also get practical—I’ll help you develop your own step-by-step map to make it through the wilderness.
I have “Dr.” in front of my name, but I’m not a psychologist. I won’t pretend to give the valuable insight a therapist can provide. (I’ve experienced that value firsthand, learning about my motives and drives from professionals who know what to look for.) My doctorate is in higher education and adult l

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