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People-Pleasers Are Liars: 3 Things We Gain When We’re Honest Instead

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“You’re a liar. People-pleasers are liars,” a friend said to me. I felt like I was punched in the gut. “You say yes when you mean no.

You say it’s okay when it’s not okay.” My friend challenged me, “In your gentle way, begin to be more honest.” I believed the lie that pleasing people would make my relationships better.

It didn’t. I decided to take my friend’s challenge to tell the truth. People didn’t have a relationship with me; they had a relationship with another version of someone else.

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