Breaking the People-Pleasing Cycle and Learn How to Say No

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Do you often say ‘yes’ when you mean ‘no’? On “Mental Breakthroughs”, host Patricia Wu and guest licensed marriage and family therapist Anna Aslanian discuss why we fall into this pattern and offers practical steps to break free.

People-Pleasing is Learned

Anna explains that this behavior often stems from childhood experiences where we learned to put others’ needs first to gain acceptance and love.

Start with Self-Compassion

Breaking the cycle begins with understanding that it’s okay to have your own needs and wants.

Rediscover Your Needs

Anna suggests reflecting on your “shoulds” and “musts” to determine if they feel truly aligned with your values and desires.

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