The #1 Core Value in Relationships People Pleasers, Givers, Emotional, and Sensitives Must Have

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The #1 Core Value in Relationships

People Pleasers, Givers, Emotional, and Sensitives Must Have This #1 Core Value to Thrive in All Their Relationships

There is a #1 Core Value in a Relationship that People Pleasers (and really everyone who is kind, generous, and altruistic) must have & it is not about boundaries or doing anything against your innate nature. It is honoring, respectful, and significant. Core Value in Relationships

First, I want to say that being a people pleaser is not a bad thing.  You’re going to see me write and hear me say this over… and over… and over again. Core Value in Relationships

Because… I don’t want us to beat ourselves up for caring about others… for being givers… for being emotional… sensitive… or helpful. Core Value in Relationships

The shame, blame, and you are wrong game just does not work for us people pleasers who love to give to others and are motivated by doing so. Core Value in Relationships

Shame Blame Sad Contemplating Woman - Dr. Dar Hawks

Sure you and I have some issues in some relationships where we give to selfish takers and have received nothing from that giving… and dare I say… we hold out hope they will give at some point in the future. 

You see…  Core Value in a Relationship 

I know how this feels…  Core Value in a Relationship

I felt challenged and went into intentional survival mode in school and at work, because I was not the highly competitive type but the collaborative and accommodating type. 

It’s difficult to collaborate when people just want to compete… and not collaborate.

It did not matter how obvious it was that I got more done individually and as a team because I was and am a collaborator, inclusive of everyone on the team, and genuinely care what people are thinking about and their approaches to the project or job. Core Value in Relationships

Competitiveness breeds division, comparing, judgment, criticism, and other things that just don’t feel good to us people pleasers.  It creates division at home and at work… competing for grades, the promotion at work, or for parental approval are just some examples of how we’re pitted against each other… instead of for each other and the greater good.  Core Value in Relationships

We’re peacemakers, negotiators, helpers, collaborators, and team-spirited ones. We’re the optimists and believers in the greater good of our community and each other.

But… Core Value in Relationships

Unfortunately, the world is built on a problem to fix mentality.  You are not a problem to fix… neither am I.  Core Value in Relationships

As long as this is perpetuated, we continue a spiral of healing seeking… and we continue to attract people who will certainly help us learn… the hard way that is…   

Enough of that… I say! Core Value in Relationships

Rather than berate myself for being a generous, wise, and giving people pleaser… today, I pay attention to what people in my life say and do… and if they are out of alignment with my core values… then I do what I call a relationship reset. Core Value in Relationships

I used to get burned out, exhaust myself, and give way too much.  Especially when dating… oh my gosh – doing things for my dates after we got to the 5th date to show them how special they are… ugh… and at work wanting my coworkers and boss to be happy.  Core Value in Relationships

relationship reset requires:

  1. Acknowledging when I am giving too much
  2. Being self-aware so that I honor myself and my needs… and am aware when I am not
  3. Having honoring, kind and calm conversations to seek and restore balance when faced with people who do not reciprocate
  4. Being ready to limit my exposure to them if they continue taking in lieu of having a balance where we both give and receive in a divine dance
  5. Not feeling bad about myself or the other person
  6. Accepting it for what it is… we are out of alignment… and that is ok.  There is nothing wrong. There is nothing to fix.

There was a time when I found myself having to do relationship resets a few times a month with various people in my life.  I would escape into my mental and emotional womb like cave of comfort.

(Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash)

Womb Cave Of Comfort For People Pleasers - Dr. Dar Hawks

I realized, there was more for me to do to shift the energy of attracting takers…

More to do to embrace the energy of mutual giving and receiving in a dance much like the Infinity Symbol. Core Value in Relationships

The #1 Core Value in Relationshipa… that all of Us Must Have to Thrive

I wanted a word to represent a balance of giving and receiving… as a feeling and sensing… not a tit for tat metric. Core Value in Relationships

BAM!  I found the word Reciprocal.  Then Reciprocity. Core Value in Relationships

I am a fan of looking up the meanings and origination of word… and today I used the Cambridge English Dictionary. Core Value in Relationships

Reciprocal is a reciprocal action or arrangement involves two people or groups of people who behave in the same way or agree to help each other and give each other advantages.

Reciprocity is behavior in which 2 people or groups of people give each other help and advantages. Core Value in Relationships

I also found this on Huffington post to help explain how reciprocity can be learned… why some have it and others don’t: The rules of reciprocity are something that can be learned from culture, upbringing, experience or influence, or maybe they’re just something you’re born knowing. Core Value in Relationships


I took on Reciprocity… as a foundational value and principle in my life.

Everything… and I mean everything… is for mutual benefit in my relationships… whether it is my relationship with myself, my money, food, my family or spouse, my coworkers or boss, in my business… in all of my relationships.  When you add reciprocity as a key core value, alignment naturally happens.  The takers, manipulators, un-appreciators… really anything that does not align with reciprocal energy naturally will leave your space.  Be gentle with yourself as you’re in an alignment process… and reach out for support as I am well versed in how to navigate the alignment process.

And that is NOT being selfish.  It’s being honoring of them… and me! Core Value in Relationships

The day I stopped attracting selfish, manipulative and charming takers was the day I added this one ingredient into my life… into my value system… to the core of my being.

Then… the Boundaries… Core Value in Relationships

Any boundaries I had to put in place previously, were not necessary any longer. 

I learned that sharing my values with everyone early on in the relationship informed them of how I roll… and we would know right then if we were aligned… or not. 

If they resonate with my values, and I with theirs… it’s a calm go.  If not… it’s a wait and see but I am not diving in yet. 

And… reciprocity has to be present otherwise I know I am going into the relationship with an uneven balance of energy exchange.  My history has provided enough experiences to know that if I sacrifice reciprocity, it never turns out well… and I am the one who ends up suffering.

I Choose Reciprocity as My #1 Core Value
as a People Pleaser

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Hi, I’m Dr. Dar…

If I could share just one thing with you today, let it be this: you have the power to shape your relationship into what you want it to be.

I am Dar, the Relationship Healer. I help couples to solve the communication and relationship issues that could potentially tear them apart. 

Until I started on the coaching path that led to my formulation of the Relationship Languages, most of the problems in my life had been due to problematic relationships… relationships where I felt unable to communicate, where I was not being heard, where I was not feeling understood. 

I have learned that, to create happy, healthy, and harmonious relationships even when you have differences, you have to learn how to give and receive communication in a healthy way. You have to feel safe expressing how you feel and what you need. 

That’s the beauty of the Relationship Languages. Once understood, they are the key to safe, curious communication. 

I’m here to help you on your journey to understanding and being understood. 

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