Guilt

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Your neigh­bor al­ways asks for fa­vors (“Can you feed my cat while I’m away? Lend me your Crock-Pot? Watch my kids?”), and even though you know the help is rarely re­cip­ro­cated and drains your time, en­ergy and money, you al­ways oblige. “There are cer­tain types of peo­ple, ‘tak­ers,’ who will take and take,” ob­serves Burn. “You feel guilty say­ing no be­cause you want to be nice and it feels mean to say no, es­pe­cially if be­ing a giv­ing per­son is a pri­mary source of your self-es­teem.”

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