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Seize the Moment Podcast

May 7, 2023

On episode 172, we welcome Dr. Vanessa Patrick to discuss the impact of people-pleasing behavior on mental health and relationships, learning to say no to break the cycle, the importance of setting boundaries, the role of cultural and societal expectations in making it difficult for individuals to say no, strategies for navigating these pressures, the relationship between saying no and decision-making and how it can help individuals make more intentional and purposeful choices, the difference between saying no and being rude, cultivating respect with assertiveness, how to effectively communicate boundaries without causing conflict, the connection between saying no and productivity, how to avoid burnout and feeling overwhelmed, the long-term benefits of saying no, and how doing so can lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

Dr. Vanessa Patrick is a Professor of Marketing and the Associate Dean for Research at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Dr. Patrick has published dozens of research articles in top-tier academic journals in psychology, marketing, and management, and popular accounts of her work have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Fast Company, Forbes, Huffington Post and Washington Post. In her research, she investigates strategies to achieve personal mastery and inspire everyday excellence in oneself and others and is a pioneer in the study of everyday consumer aesthetics. Her new book, available now, is called The Power of Saying No: The New Science of How to Say No that Puts You in Charge of Your Life.


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