Navigation Links
Hold the extra burgers and fries when people pleasers arrive
Date:2/1/2012

If you are a people-pleaser who strives to keep your social relationships smooth and comfortable, you might find yourself overeating in certain social situations like Super Bowl watch parties. A new study from Case Western Reserve University found that, hungry or not, some people eat in an attempt to keep others comfortable.

"They don't want to rock the boat or upset the sense of social harmony," says Julie Exline, a Case Western Reserve psychologist and lead author of the study.

Turning down cake or cookies when others are indulging is tough for everyone, but it poses a special problem for people-pleasers, Exline says. If people-pleasers feel a sense of social pressure to eat, they will often eat more in an attempt to match what others around them are eating.

But even if people-pleasers overeat in order to keep others comfortable, they may pay an emotional price.

"Those who overeat in order to please others tend to regret their choices later. It doesn't feel good to give in to social pressures," Exline says.

The research findings were reported in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology article, "People-Pleasing through Eating: Sociotropy Presents Greater Eating in Response to Perceived Social Pressure."

This study looked at the eating habits, but, Exline says, the same behaviors that affect food consumption can surface in other areas of the individual's life. For example, people-pleasers may feel anxious or guilty if they outperform others in areas such as academics, athletics or relationship success. People-pleasers have a strong desire to avoid posing a threat to others, so they often put a lot of energy into trying to keep others comfortable.

Exline led a two-part study of 101 college students (41 men and 60 women) who completed a questionnaire that assessed characteristics for people-pleasing, also known as "sociotropy." Students high in people-pleasing were those who tended to put others' needs before their own, worried about hurting others, and were sensitive to criticism, among other behaviors.

After answering these questions along with some other background measures, students were seated with a female actor who was posing as a second participant in the study. The experimenter handed a bowl of M&M candies to the actor, who took a small handful of candies (about 5) before offering the bowl to the participant. After taking the candies, participants reported how many they took and why. Researchers also assessed the number of candies taken.

High sociotropy (people-pleasing) scores were associated with taking more candy, both in this laboratory experiment and in a second study involving recall of real-life eating situations.

"People-pleasers feel more intense pressure to eat when they believe that their eating will help another person feel more comfortable," Exline says. "Almost everyone has been in a situation in which they've felt this pressure, but people-pleasers seem especially sensitive to it."


'/>"/>
Contact: Susan Griffith
susan.griffith@case.edu
216-368-1004
Case Western Reserve University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Bitter melon extract attacks breast cancer cells
2. Bitter melon extract decreased breast cancer cell growth
3. Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
4. Less Is More with the Innovation of Avemar(R) Fermented Wheat Germ Extract
5. Unique Equipment, Fun Workouts, Extraordinary Results
6. Green Tea Extract May Delay or Prevent Alzheimers
7. Tahitian Noni Extra Released With 16 Different Iridoids
8. Sunwin International & WILD Flavors Receive GRAS Letters of No Objection from FDA Validating Safety of Multiple Sunwin Stevia Extracts
9. Tahitian Noni Extra Sales Exceed Expectations
10. Abbey Color Inc. and Mexicana de Extractos International, S.A. de C.V. Announce Joint Venture Abbymex
11. Human Extracellular Matrix Significantly Improves Device Biocompatibility
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... Center for Autism ... diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, Medicaid is covering ... analysis (ABA) is key to providing effective treatment for individuals with ASD. Now, ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... A new study ... rates and Medicare rates for a variety of medical services in Illinois as ... of the 2015 Fee Schedule Rates in Illinois, are professional medical services, ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... Establishment Labs, a global breast ... Hung to the company´s Board of Directors. , “We are honored to ... an exceptional entrepreneur.” said Juan Jose Chacon Quiros, CEO of Establishment Labs. "David’s knowledge ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... ... Dr. Rassouli, cosmetic dentist in Orange County , is now offering ... procedures in dentistry today, but the cost often leads to patients looking to less ... whitening-related damage. For a limited time, Dr. Rassouli is offering this special whitening package ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... , ... Two renowned photographers, Robert Caplin (New York, NY) and Peter Lockley ... 14-19, 2016, hosted by Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea as part of the ... 2015, the Maui Photo Expedition workshop will once again consist of on-location ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... , Feb. 9, 2016  The Parenteral Drug ... professionals developing and manufacturing sterile drug products, today ... Regulatory Guidance Comparison – With link to Comparison ... issued by the U.S. FDA, the EU, the ... --> --> ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , Feb.8, 2016 Cardiovascular Surgery ... Summary GlobalData,s Medical Devices sector report, "Cardiovascular ... provides an overview of Cardiovascular Surgery Devices currently ... --> The report provides comprehensive information ... the products at various stages of development. The ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... and FAIRFIELD, N.J. , ... and Medimetriks Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Medimetriks) today announced that they ... development and commercialization rights for OPA-15406 in the U.S. ... also provides manufacturing rights.  OPA-15406 is a topical, non-steroidal ... atopic dermatitis. --> --> ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: