These types of people are more vulnerable to occupational burnout
Being a people pleaser can be dangerous – especially for your mental health.
People who never binge are especially prone to burnout, says Debbie Sorensen, a Harvard-trained clinical psychologist.
″They tend to be very kind, thoughtful people, which makes it much harder for them to set boundaries, not take on too much work, or become emotionally invested in their jobs,” says Sorensen.
And being a person who constantly says 'yes' is a double-edged sword: You can feel guilty saying 'no' to others and resentful every time you say 'yes'.
You don't have to give up politeness to avoid burnout – past research has shown that being polite, friendly and supportive at work are all important traits that can help you be more productive and happy in your work.
The difference, Sorensen explains, is that those who constantly want to please others tend to have trouble setting boundaries, which can be exhausting and lead to chronic stress, she warns.
3 signs that your (excessive) politeness is damaging your mental health and career
Saying "yes" to every request for help, even if it interrupts your work
Ignoring your feelings when something is said or done that upsets you because you fear potential conflict
Agreeing to unrealistic deadlines