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10 Reasons to be Okay with Being Disliked

“If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness, and, therefore, your excellence.” ~Unknown

We all know at least one hardcore people-pleaser. You know the signs: She sleeps out in the rain and gets sick so her friend’s dog can fit in the tent. She’s 100% Republican but pretends she’s Democrat solely because her friends are.

If a friend calls her stupid, she whips up a batch of cookies and makes a card that reads, “I’m sorry for disappointing you.” And despite all her efforts to be liked by everyone, many people disrespect her.

Maybe that’s you, maybe it’s not—but odds are, you can relate at least a little to the desire to be well-liked. Who doesn’t want to feel accepted, respected, and appreciated?

For most of my life, my need to be liked overshadowed all my other needs. I was always trying to manipulate perception, adapting myself to receive validation. It was draining and counterproductive, since very few people actually knew me—the real me—which is a prerequisite to liking me.

I’ve since learned it’s actually a good sign if there are some people who don’t accept or agree with me.

I’m not suggesting we should be rude, inconsiderate, or disrespectful. This post isn’t about disregarding other people’s feelings.

This is about releasing our stress about other people’s opinions.

When you’re comfortable not being liked by everyone:

1. It allows you to be true to yourself.

The biggest disservice you can do yourself is shapeshifting to please your “audience” of the moment. It’s exhausting (even to watch) and, more importantly, pointless. No one will get to know who you really are, which will leave you feeling empty.

2. It gives you the power to say no.

I believe people are good at heart. Still, it’s human nature to test each other’s boundaries. When you’re willing to risk being disliked, you’re able to say no when you need to. Your yeses and nos shapes your future, so choose them wisely.

3. You’re more comfortable exploring your feelings.

Doesn’t it feel good to just be where you are without pretending for someone else’s sake? I’m not saying you should act in anger or fear, just that it’s pretty exhilarating to say, “Hell yeah—I’m terrified” (or lonely or weak or struggling) regardless of what people will think.

4. Your candor can help other people.

An angst-filled younger me made a fake voodoo doll for a middle school teacher who was hard on me, but forever changed my life (not my proudest moment). It’s often the least popular people who strike the deepest chord in us. Be unpopular when necessary and push people to be their best. You just may save someone’s life.

5. You can freely express your thoughts.

One of the kindest things you can do for someone else is listen without judging. You deserve that same kindness, but you won’t always get it. People will form opinions as you speak. Talk anyway. Let your words be kind but fearless.

6. It prepares you for greater success.

Pick a popular Twitter user and look at their @replies. Odds are they field their fair share of harsh comments. The higher you rise, the more attention you’ll receive, both positive and negative. A willingness to be disliked helps you deal with the added scrutiny.

7. It teaches you to offer kindness and compassion without expectations.

It’s not difficult to offer compassion to someone who treats you with respect and kindness. What’s more valuable for your personal development, and to humanity as whole, is the ability to do what’s right because it’s right—not because you get something in return.

8. You can inspire other people.

There is someone I know who has the uncanny ability to keep going even when others try to pull her down. I learn from her every day. To this woman, anyone who doesn’t appreciate her assertive, over-the-top personality is a reminder that she is unique and unafraid.

9. You can use your time wisely.

If you want to be liked by everyone, odds are you’re spreading yourself way too thin trying to keep them all happy. We need to use our time judiciously to enrich ourselves and others instead of worrying about everyone’s perceptions.

10. You can choose to smile anyway.

You could use your energy to make daily inventories of everything that’s wrong—the money you don’t have, the esteem you didn’t earn, the people you disappointed. Or you could commit to being your best, and then just sit back and smile. Life will always be a balancing act. Learn to teeter in serenity.

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Tiny Buddha Founder Lori Deschene is the author of the Tiny Wisdom eBook seriesTiny Buddha's Guide to Loving Yourself, and Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions. She's also co-founder of Recreate Your Life Story, an eCourse that helps you change your life. For inspiring posts and wisdom quotes, follow on Twitter & Facebook.

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  • Kyria

    This is my new favorite article on this site. Thank you for writing it.

  • Andi-Roo

    Love this message. Thank you for sharing! :)

  • Nick Chaleunphone

    It’s very true & like the message

  • Peggy

    Why have you waited to post this? Are you afraid we wouldn’t like you? Just kidding. This is a fantastic article and just what I needed to read today. Thank you

  • Erin

    Thank you for this message. It came at the most perfect time!

  • Warren O’Bryan

    Amazing Post. Lol at the voodoo doll. After reading this post, I smiled. Being disliked and being assertive was two of my major issues I had to overcome, still working on them both. Thanks for sharing.

  • Deb

    “Learn to teeter in Serenity”,
    love it,gotta let that full meaning soak in.So we aren’t always going to be serene,but
    striving to achieve this state is
    going to be the “good”normal.

  • Sheryl P

    Though it’s very uncomfortable to express an opposing opinion, when people are going to take it personally. If you can agree to disagree, that’s one thing, but if you make an enemy, that’s sad.

  • Mark B Hoover

    “You can’t please all of the people all of the time.”

    I tried. Many times. Each time I set myself up for failure. It became a time-robber. I would give and wait for the response and if none I would give again and again. Same person. Same place. One critical or ambivalent instance could keep me tied up for an eternity. A veritable vortex of expended efforts.

    That caused me to be uncomfortable in my own skin. What was the matter with me? Appreciation, or gratitude, is the greatest giving and sharing experience in the world. Others should know that. Why no thanks for what I do? Surely I am not doing something right.

    Patooey. I know what I am. I do what I can. The pleasure of giving is in the giving. Do it and move on. To do or give for recognition is the basest form of contribution. If I offer something from the heart it is from MY heart. There is no solicitation. It is not from another’s heart. If someone asks for something from me without compensation, I have to take another look. Does the doing have heart? Is it on the same path as I? Does it help me to grow?

    After a while people, if they are in frequent contact with me, are to realize that my generosity may be a one shot deal. I am not looking for gratitude or outpourings of recognition. I see something that needs to be done or I feel like doing and I do it. Then I move on. No more time spent looking for signs of thankfulness. My path lies before me and benevolence is along the way, not a way station.

    We can remain forever bowed if we look up only when we receive approval. Service to others is a higher purpose in life, subservience is not.

    Thanks for the reminder, Lori. You remain an inspiration.

    ~ Mark

  • Yvonne Brown

    This is just what I needed to hear today.

  • Guest

    I prefered most the 8th. It brings so much joy when we give unconditional love. It seemed a paradox to me once, but it’s a truth.

  • Mat Veni

    I prefered most the 8th. It brings so much joy when we uconditionally give and love. I simply love those reminders.

  • Anne

    It is so true and most of the time you are disliked not because of you being you but because the person who dislikes is not able to express themselves or be free to be them. So be you anyways, regardless of adversity and find the true beautiful inside of you. Learning this lesson and applying it in practice is one of the biggest success one can achieve and I am truly working towards that. We all can. We can do it!

  • Mat Veni

    We should simplify and be satisfied with ourself at the first step. If not, we are far from being in charge of our joy. Being dependent on what happens in outside world…. well it’s not in our domain.

  • chocobear

    Love this post. I am a people pleaser and find that whenever I start feeling down, it usually has something to do with my overinvesting in others. I need to step back and realize that I can’t look to others for my value. I have value and must remind myself of that on a daily basis.

  • Mark B Hoover

    Hi Mat,
    Absolutely. I broke a long-standing habit of codependency. Once in that rut it is a long and arduous climb out. Once out life takes on a clear and bright perspective. “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.” Takes me back to the folly maxim that two halves make a whole when it comes to relationships. I prefer the view that two wholes make a third entity. An “us”. Standing together yet apart, so both may grow, but not in each other’s shadow.

  • Marilyn R

    This should be on everyone’s to read list. I am going to print this and hang it on my cubicle wall at work, and in a location where everyone can read it too. Now how to get people to adopt these and actually put them into action. First time reader, loved what you have to say, now I need to sign up for daily inspiration.

  • jendoe

    Just like learning to appreciate a piece of artwork you may not find aesthetically pleasing, it’s easier to appreciate a person who is being authentic, even if you don’t agree with or personally feel connected to them energy-wise, than one who is obviously putting on a dog and pony show. One you respect, the other you don’t. Great article. It certainly frees up a lot of emotional and mental space when you let go of trying to be on everyone’s ‘like’ list.

  • chickadee

    Oh my gosh. this is my life. no.wonder I am so exhausted always trying to adapt to my current audience. I used to call myself a cammelion, someone that could change my appearance to adapt to any situation. I am not sure I even know what like because It’s always been about pleasing the other person. how do I break out of this?

  • Connie

    I enjoyed this very much, it hit home!

  • Lori Deschene

    Haha good question! I included this one in my first eBook, so I was thinking I wouldn’t publish it here as well, but i had a change of heart. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Lori Deschene

    Thanks so much Mark. I love what you wrote about the difference between service and subservience. What a powerful distinction!

  • Lori Deschene

    So true! If we all bend to please each other, we’d all be watered down versions of ourselves. Who we really are is much more beautiful.

  • Lori Deschene

    Good point, about the person not being able to express themselves. I think we all just want to be who we are, and we’re all dealing with our own internal struggles that make it challenging at times. But like you wrote, we can do it! =)

  • Lori Deschene

    Thanks so much Warren. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Those are two issues I still work on, as well.

  • Lori Deschene

    I’m glad you enjoyed it Connie!

  • Lori Deschene

    I’m glad you enjoyed it Marilyn. Welcome to Tiny Buddha! =)

  • Lori Deschene

    I know all about being a chameleon! I felt the same way for a long time, and it’s something I still work at.

    As for breaking out of this, I think the first step is understanding your own needs and recognizing they are just as important as other people’s. The next step is setting boundaries. You may find these posts helpful:
    I hope these help!

  • Lori Deschene

    I’ve found the same thing, about overinvesting in others. It always frees me up when i stop placing so much emphasis on everyone else’s opinions and requests.

  • Lori Deschene

    You’re most welcome!

  • Lori Deschene

    You’re most welcome. Thank you for reading and commenting! =)

  • Lori Deschene

    You’re most welcome!

  • Dana

    Great post! You make my day! Thank you, Lori!

  • PK

    Quote from the article “An angst-filled younger me made a fake voodoo doll for a middle school teacher who was hard on me, but forever changed my life” –
    Most of em teachers deserve that you know! ;)
    It was quite recently (a couple of years back) I realized this, though I was not consciously inclined to make sure my impression was the best, but sub consciously, I ended up, giving in the constant need to please. It is the need for people to feel that they are liked by all, what they dont realize is that not everyone deserves your efforts.

  • Lori Deschene

    Thanks Dana, and you’re most welcome!

  • Lori Deschene

    I know what you mean PK. There were times when I tried to win over people who had treated me poorly. In retrospect, it seems so clear, and yet at the time, it felt so important they valued me. If everyone didn’t value me, I didn’t value myself. It’s an empowering realization that it’s actually a good sign if not everyone likes us!

  • Leke

    Wow, this is really good. It’s gutsy and I like it!

  • Kate Britt

    Another bonus (maybe point #11) — Letting go of trying to be liked all the time, we get to find out who our true friends really are. Some people drop out of relationship with us, and others rejoice in our newly opened up hearts and minds and faces.

    I’ve noticed that this is one benefit of being a “senior” (ha! and being open to happily calling myself that) — somehow it seems so much easier to stop wearing the masks, donning the personalities, of what other people want/need me to be. I’m realizing that life feels too short for such game-playing. There’s such a feeling freedom in it: Here I *really* am, here’s me. At last!

  • Lori Deschene

    Thanks Leke!

  • Lori Deschene

    That’s a great point, about finding out who are true friends are. And what a liberating feeling to just be who you are. I feel like I’ve made major strides in terms of being comfortable in my own skin, though I know I have a lot more growing to do. Still, it’s nice to recognize some progress. =)

  • Lisa

    Thank you for writing this.
    I am that person too. I have spent all my life adapting to others likes and dislikes only to find that when you are alone with yourself, as I am now, that you do not know who you really are or what your boundaries are. It’s a frightening realisation when it happens.

  • sonierei

    Beautiful post Lori, it certainly resonates with me right now. So often speaking up for what you believe in is equated with being rude, inconsiderate and disrespectful. But as you state, the strength lies in being kind but fearless, the ability to be who you are, with compassion.

  • Del Cusay

    This is a great article worth reading. I’ve learned not to live up with people’s expectations as we have certain uniqueness and differences to others. If we please people just to be accepted and respected, then we are giving them the authority to control our lives in some way. This should not happen because we must be totally in control of who we are and who we are not.

  • Lori Deschene

    You’re most welcome Lisa. I know that feeling very well. I feel like I’m always growing into myself more fully and understanding what’s me, and what’s me trying to be liked. I suspect it’s a lifelong process!

  • Lori Deschene

    Yes exactly! I think if we can stand up for what we believe in without putting other people down, we’re in a good place.

  • Lori Deschene

    Thanks Del. That’s a great point, about our uniqueness. If we bend to please everyone, we lose ourselves.

  • Chetan

    Nice article!! :)

    Keep up the good work.. I also feel that being a people pleaser is really exhausting.. I mean its good to divert your time and focus on other important things in life rather than thinking on how you can make other people like you.. Also when you help others because you want to be liked, then your act of compassion becomes artificial and somewhat doesn’t serve the very purpose of compassion then..

  • aloneforlife

    This is great advice for women but not for Men. Sadly the dynamics of
    being disrespected and disliked are very different. Unlike women most
    Men do not have a support net nor even loving families. They can not fall back onto the act of random kindness from others or attention (usually as a result of their looks).
    No matter what a man looks like, unless he is very wealthy. He will not
    have a support system in play, thus his loneliness is more genuine in
    that he will be completely alone and disliked for reasons more so
    related to his commitments. As opposed to being a ‘bad person’. Men tend
    to be hated more and more thoroughly as people. Asa man one mistake will cost you much more as society tends to judge men much more harshly. So again, great advice for women but not Men.

  • Tinachan

    I agree with in principle, but let’s be honest, things are not this simple. As a woman, I often depend on my network of people for favors like babysitting, job referrals, play dates or simply suggestions on where to shop for better prices. Just not giving a damn is a luxury. Our power/influence ends where other people’s agency starts, and often, especially in these economically hard times, we DO depend on our good repute with those around us.

    I’m not advocating to be a doormat, but I have had real opportunities erased from me because I wasn’t “nice” or “obliging” enough to a certain group (in their eyes), but whose favor I would have direly needed at the time.

    Also, life is not all-or-nothing. We all have inclinations that can present as strengths or challenges depending on the task before us. What we need to do is to diversify our tool set. This will help us act contextually and organically without bending our selves out of shape.

    There are enough people in the world who want to step on others just for the sake of not being stepped on first. So, for a perfectionist like myself, simply avoiding being a people-pleaser just becomes another chore on my to-do list. What’s liberating is balance.

  • Lori Deschene

    Hi Tina,

    I understand your thoughts on this. I actually didn’t intend to suggest we should be unkind to people and not care how they feel about it, but rather that it can benefit us to be okay with it if not everyone likes us. This has been huge for me because I’ve spent a lot of time and energy worrying about being liked and trying to manipulate perception. It was exhausting and counterproductive. As for what you wrote about balance, that reminded me of another post I wrote about the difference between worrying about what people think and caring about what they think. You may find this interesting:

  • vinny

    This made everything worse ugh.

  • Barbara Torres

    I had a teacher in the 8th grade that called my mother in for a “conference” because I didn’t like her. My mother asked if I was misbehaving and the teacher said no that she was worried about me. When mom asked why, rather than tell her I didn’t like her, the teacher said that I did not smile or laugh in class. My mom, who was missing a day’s work because of this insecure creature finally said, “Well, maybe she doesn’t think you are funny.” Thanks mom!

  • Lori Deschene

    How did this make everything worse Vinny?

  • Lori Deschene

    Now that’s funny!

  • Deepak

    Thanks, I really needed this post right now.

  • Lori Deschene

    You’re most welcome. =)

  • Jo

    Thanks, I really needed to read this. I have always been a naturally nice person. If I see somebody in need I just automatically want to offer them help. I’m also fairly laid back and I’m happy to go along with what everybody else wants to do. Unfortunatley despite being this way I still end up with a lot of people being angry towards me and this makes me feel a bit upset because all I’ve ever done is run around after them. Some people say I’m silly and should be more selfish, but the moment I start acting that way they get mad because I’m not giving them what they want. In the end I just can’t please them and trying to do so often then causes upset with somebody else and of course not doing what’s best for me. Usually I end up feeling guilty and uncomfortable, but from now on I think I’m going to try and start saying ‘no’ more and ignore the tantrums that follow.

  • Lors

    Good plan. No-one “needs” help from anyone else, but it is nice to have friends who help out when it matters. Why don’t you (as well as sometimes saying no) ask for help, or a favour from your friends? It’s a two way street. And, as you’ve pointed out, friends like to help friends so it can strengthen your friendships.

    And you’re dead right – if someone is unhappy when you say no to them, allow them to be unhappy and move on. They have ownership of their behaviour, not yours!!

  • Joe

    I don’t know whether or not I can relate to this, as a whole. I make others happy. It’s what I do. I am always spread thin, lonely, stressed, and exhausted. But, I do not do it to make them like me. In fact, they can hate me, as long as their happy. I have no regard for what happens to me or my well being, it doesn’t matter to me. As long as they are happy. For me, people classified as “They” can even go as far as the people I have never gotten along with, the people who have bullied me, and the people who hate me. It feels like holding someone on my shoulders in a river to keep their head above water. That someone is pretty much anyone/everyone. Do you think this relates?

  • CP

    Hi, I’m currently being hated by a group of people.

    It’s my fault that I was being hated by them as I started it by ignoring them. I don’t really know how to face them. I treat them as my good friends but they are just behaving like they only talk to me when they needs me. And now, it ended up they hate me, backstabbing me and saying something bad about me.

    In the meanwhile, I posted something rude like bitches and something else on my Twitter, but they misunderstood it as they thought the so called “bitches” in the tweets what I written was referring to them.They then started to hate me. They start to post something bad about me in Twitter, without knowing that I never try to call them as “bitches”.

    I was really frustrated. I never thought that they would actually misunderstand me and hate me. However, after reading this article, I don’t feel down anymore. Instead, I’m happy to have my freedom back to me. I have learned the fact that I am not born to please them in order to get they “likes”. And now, I’m going to live my life, to the fullest!

    P/S : Sorry if my feedback is out of the topic (feel like it is).

  • anon

    Your article has made me feel better at a low point I’m going through right now, thank you

  • Mmmm

    Coming from an alcoholic family where you learn to try and please and never express unhappiness. I have always tried to please or over explain to not let others be unhappy with me but your article has made me see that it OK for others to have feelings of unhappiness and its actually a disservice to not allow them to have their own feelings. Thank you.

  • Lori Deschene

    You’re most welcome. I’m glad it helped. =)

  • Lori Deschene

    You’re most welcome. I’m sorry to hear you’re at a low point. I hope you continue to find the help you need to feel better!

  • Sarah Y

    Thank you Lori! This post is inspiring! I’ve had problems not to be a people-pleaser for a long time and till to date, am still struggling to show my true self to others. Nevertheless the situation seems better now than before. Still part of me fear of being judged by others. Often, I’ll end up beating myself if I think I had disappoint someone. Perhaps this was due to my childhood experiences as I was often compared to my more successful peers and family members in terms of grades, beauty and knowledge. Besides, negative comments or punishment follows if I had failed to follow a set of rules or even when making mistakes.

    The total acquired experience still stings at some point. Now this post gives me a new breath to be true to myself. There are lots of room for improvement for me in this area. Thanks again Lori!

  • Lori Deschene

    You’re most welcome, Sarah! I could relate to a lot of what you wrote–and I suspect a lot of people can. It’s not easy to get past these kinds of deeply engrained fears, beliefs, and behaviors, and I still have room for improvement too. I think it helps to focus on progress, not perfection. If I am nicer to me today than I was yesterday, I feel I am succeeding!

  • africantigeress

    wow, i so needed this!!!! im such a ppl pleaser, to a fault, i will do it even if it hurts me or puts me out. thank you so much, i really needed to read this.

  • Lori Deschene

    You’re most welcome! I’m so glad this helped!

  • Xydan

    That’s a great approach to relationships. It’s the same one that the poet Kahlil enumerates in his book. I recommend you pick it up; you will probably like it.

  • Mark B Hoover

    Thanks, Xydan. I’ve owned the book since the Seventies. It’s a constant in my life.

  • Kyle

    I’ve notice when I try to make myself liked it often backfires one way or another and have come to the conclusion it’s best to just be myself though of course not to be rude.

  • Kyle

    I can’t help but feel as if life is a giant game where we have to see thru the lies and there are secret societies *herding* us in a general direction to get ready for globalism under a fake peace.

  • Kyle

    I often wonder if some of us were put here as a punishment to learn this due to making bad choices before we were born and this is our moment to choose the *dark* side or go into the light and see the truth for what it really is even if we don’t like it.

    I believe this world is a *time out* spot but I am not sure what you’re beliefs are so I don’t want to get into any fights so I’ll leave it at that.

  • Mark B Hoover

    Hi Kyle,

    No matter why we were “put here” we’re here and that’s that. What is done is done. That makes each of our life’s purpose the same, to make of it the most we can while we’re here. Find its highest and best use.

    Pursuant to what you’ve stated I can only reply mine is a melange of beliefs, ever-growing and always deepening. I follow one path but make forays on them all, picking up souvenirs to add accoutrements to my own trail.

    Regarding our place here in this “*time out* spot,” my response at the moment is a favorite by Richard Bach, “We choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn
    nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same
    limitations and lead weights to overcome.” So, if you’re ruminating on a series of lives, then this covers it.

    ~ Mark

  • Richard

    I have been through a lot in my school life and everything since that because of my looks. I got some ‘friends’ but then they just mocked me. I spent 5 years of school alone. You don’t need friends. The odds are that there is some one who is stupid and annoying and you don’t like them and all your other friends will leave you.
    Just be yourself get good grades it doesn’t matter what you look like, what you sound like or where you are from.
    People said I would get no job and said quit now. Now I’m a airbus a380 pilot for Emirates and earn a lot more money be your self. You shouldn’t care what people think of you

  • Jason Holborn

    “Trying to manipulate perception”; that’s a fine insight.

    I “made a fake voodoo doll for a middle school teacher who was hard on me, but forever changed my life”.
    – this should become a full post one day!

  • Lori Deschene

    Thanks so much–and perhaps I will write that post. I was an angry kid…I made a couple of those dolls back then!

  • TheOneNobodyWants

    I accepted a long time ago that I will never be liked or respected or even accepted for who I am so I decided to just stop trying. Trying to be something you’ll never be is pointless. On the upside? It frees me to do whatever the heck I want.

  • Wisdom72

    It depends on the intent. If doing these things is so others like you, it’s absolutely wrong. If you think you’re a “people pleaser” for the INTENT to help others & bring them peace for no other reason except to attain pure enlightenment, then it’s ok. MOST people are confused of their feeling and intent.

  • Barbara

    I think every boss needs to read this. Even good bosses have employees who dislike them, often just for the simple reason of not accepting half-asked work. It’s true when they say “It’s lonely at the top”, and I found this out the hard way when I found out an employee I generally liked was badmouthing me behind my back and calling me a bitch simply for critiquing his work every week (which as an editor is my job). It hurt, but I realized that I couldn’t just start being more lenient and letting less-than-stellar articles get published just for the sake of being liked. It’s been hard at times, but fortunately there are many others in my workplace who like me just fine. Not everyone is going to like you, but it’s okay.

  • Guest

    I’ve been there so I know how it feels like. Usually, people take you for granted and they certainly don’t remember your acts of kindness if you are naturally a nice person. They will, however, remember that one time where you turned them down or did something they didn’t like. They think that they have the right to your acts of kindness so to speak. I realized that I can’t satisfy everybody so I do what’s best for me now. I mean, who cares if they get angry? So what if someone doesn’t like you? There will always be “enemies” or people who dislike us. I try my best not to react to people like this these days. I shrug it off and ignore them to the best of my ability.

  • Nat so isi

    Yes: be yourself. And let the others adapt. What a fucking easy way to be egocentric. In every relation there is more than one person, that means: everybody has to adapt. FACT

  • Cindy Mahan

    I’m so glad I found this post. My boyfriend after 9 years, hardly takes me anywhere, even for the holidays (Christmas and others). My brother always promises that we will go out for dinner, but he won’t even offer to have me ride with him to a family reunion after I ask politely. I’ve tried to make my Dad proud of me like he does my brother, but he always yells at me. Everything I do never works. I from the South and now live in Colorado and it’s really hard to make friends here. Most women hate me, and the men feel intimated. I am really a good person. I think I have been too nice for too many years. I’ve even been told that. I’ve felt like I’ve been pushed back into a closet until someone wanted me to do something for them.
    Over the years I have learned to like my alone time. When I spend time alone, I focus on me and how I can become a better person. I don’t have to put up with someone else’s drama, and I don’t have to try to meet their expectations in fear that they will get angry. I have time to do a lot of soul searching. I gave up on needing someone just to talk to. I’m doing today what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t. Thank you for the post. It has meant so much to hear it from you. It made me realize that it’s not me, but maybe it’s them that have a problem.
    I love all animals, and they are my everything. I don’t know any different. They need someone too, like I do.

  • Lori Deschene

    You’re most welcome. I’m sorry to hear about what you’ve gone through. As someone who’s moved around a lot, I know how tough it can be to form meaningful, lasting friendships.

    I too love spending time around animals. They’re purely present, with no judgment, just completely in the moment, and there’s something so calming and comforting about that.

    Sending good thoughts your way,

  • Curiousgal

    Really enjoying reading this. Any advice or articles on being sidelined and unfavourably compared to a sibling.

  • Lori Deschene

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! There aren’t any posts about this on the site, but perhaps I can offer some advice if you elaborate a little on your situation. You may also want to share your story in the community forums to get insight from the whole community.

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  • Violetta

    Don’t you cheerful self accepting people forget that even though you may acquire a few true friends, the society at large seldom treats independent people well.

  • jbantifem

    This article was obviously written for women. We men aren’t allowed to be our true selves in public. Whenever we attempt to speak our minds we are downcast and sometimes even arrested. No, we aren’t violent, but we are a threat to the status quo whenever we speak our minds truthfully.

    This concept works great if you’re female. Now you have even more fuel for holding men down. Good for you. *said with extreme sarcasm*

  • Michelle

    Great idea, but not being liked starts to get lonely after awhile. I’m lost in this world. I want people to like me, but told I shouldn’t care and to have self-love. I like my own company and I love myself, but no man is an island and at the end of the day we all need to feel a part of a community. When you find no one who connects with you and shows acknowledgement towards you (even after trying to give that to them) it’s hard to go home knowing that you have no one. This is my conflict.

  • Anna Braccio

    great post! very true! i l loved point #2

  • LJ

    I really love what you said there above. I always think why one of my classmate really hate me and always mad at me when I do something wrong. I know God put as in this situation and He gives us challenges to change us and to deserve what we deserve. We may not have it today, but it the future we may.

  • Lori Deschene

    I’m so sorry to hear about your classmate. I think you bring up a great point. Whenever someone has disliked me, I have inevitably grown through the experience. That’s the silver lining to any challenge, really–it generally makes us stronger!

  • Nora

    This is what I neeeeed, people pleasing has led me to a nervous breakdown. don’t do it! You are so beautiful and weird and even if you feel like no one will like you or understand you, someone, somewhere out there loves you. You gotta love you too.

  • Just me

    Your points really helped me today – I always feel very left of centre and not everyone’s cup of tea. I’m very grateful for having a few wonderful people who love me as I am but there are times people are ignorant to me and dismiss me making me feel insecure and even worse … Me allowing myself to feel that way. Thank you for you lifting words, they made a difference to me today :0)