people pleaser


variants or less commonly people-pleaser
plural people pleasers also people-pleasers
: someone or something that pleases or wants to please people
a breed of dog that's a people pleaser
This sophisticated, nutritious salad is a real people-pleaser, and it's quite filling too.Brett Stewart and Corey Irwin
often : a person who has an emotional need to please others often at the expense of his or her own needs or desires
Being a people pleaser isn't all bad. It shows that you are a caring person who values social connections and enjoys making others happy. Samantha Boardman
people-pleasing noun
or people pleasing
… if you grew up in a home with a difficult, emotionally unavailable parent, you may have unconsciously picked up the pattern of people-pleasing in an attempt to engage the aloof parent. Meghan Fritz
people-pleasing adjective
people-pleasing behavior
a people-pleasing recipe

Examples of people pleaser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grande also popped into a bit about a support group for people pleasers. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 3 Sep. 2019 Part of the challenge being aggressive is learning to how to balance aggression with patience, but what may be even more challenging for women, because of the tendency to be people pleasers, is feeling comfortable making other people uncomfortable. Bonnie Marcus, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 As people pleasers, Pisces are natural guides and have a deep desire to help others, astrologer Kesaine Walker previously told USA TODAY. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 But, regardless of changes over the years, events are meant to be broad people pleasers. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 A lot of parents struggle to set boundaries, especially women, because a lot of us were raised as people pleasers. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2023 Jeremiah is a people pleaser, a young man that still has a lot of soul searching to do. Sam Reed, Glamour, 4 Aug. 2023 Often, a people pleaser overrides their own position to accommodate another’s concerns. Mark Travers, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 This has included learning to be less of a people pleaser, setting boundaries, taking chances with her business, and going to therapy for the first time. L'oréal Blackett,, 16 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1550, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of people pleaser was in 1550

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“People pleaser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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