Sociotropy: term for people-pleasers

Sociotropy: term for people-pleasers

When I first started down this road, I got the term “people-pleasers” when making a search online for “how to stand up for yourself.” I realized quickly that I am a chronic people-pleaser, but there is an actual scientific term; this term is sociotropy. Wikipedia defines sociotropy as a personality trait associated with high levels of dependence and excessive need to please others.In short, those with sociotropy tend to be overly nurturant towards complete strangers and become hostile towards those that are close to them. They will seem to be nice and go out of their way for strangers but will act rude and uncaring towards family members or close friends. The reason why those with sociotropy tends to be overly nurturant towards others is because of their need for social acceptance.

Sociotropy is characterized as an excessive investment in interpersonal relationships. They have a high dependence on others for their personal satisfaction. The worst part of this is that studies show that those with high sociotropic characteristics are prone to depression. Experts thing that this is related to the concept of anxious-reactive depression. This type of depression follows a stressful event and this will last longer than a few months. To a people-pleaser, there will be many things that will cause undue stress and anxiousness. They will always be prone to depression as long as they have high characteristics of sociotropy.

Some symptoms of this kind of depressions includes the feelings of hopelessness, restlessness, and sadness. Many times, patients are subject to insomnia and fatigue which will cause anxiety. To outsiders, sociotropy may not sound like a serious condition, but those with it should try to seek help and get better.

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