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Do You Care If People Like You?

Nancy Pelosi might be one of the most powerful women in the United States, but she's not the most well liked. The Speaker of the House's favorability rating sits at 32 percent, while her unfavorability rating comes in at 48 percent. In other words: more people dislike Nancy Pelosi than like her. When asked if she cares about being unpopular, Pelosi recently said:

"I certainly want to be trusted. I’m not particularly concerned if I’m liked."

Pelosi might be on to something. Researchers recently found that women who exhibited so-called "masculine" traits earned an average of $65,224 more than their nicer or more passive colleagues over the course of their lives. So it might pay to care less about being well liked.

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ummyeaitsmarcie ummyeaitsmarcie 8 years
Couldn't care less, not that I want to be a disliked. After trying to be everyone's friend for years I realized that some people just have problems and no matter what you do for them, you can't make them like you. I'm am now happy to ignore those people and get on with my life.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
No, I don't really care if ppl like me. It's just a fact of life that some will/some won't. We are all different for a reason and it's only natural that all ppl won't like everyone. I am very picky w. the ppl that I keep as constants in my life personally and am happy that I do so...I would't blame others for being of the same thinking on that matter.
superjules superjules 8 years
I used to care if people liked me, I was such a people pleaser. Over the years I just quit caring, I only please myself. I speak my mind, you'll never have to wonder how I'm feeling and people aren't used to that. They don't know how to deal with it. I also have a low tolerance for ignorance, that gets in the way of a lot of friendships.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
Not as much as I used to, but yes, it still upsets me when I know people don't like me.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
I want people to like me but I also want respect. I have a lot of friends. my work backfires since many people judge my easy going personality as being stupid. I feel it's important to stay cordial and polite and say good morning while other people get off on a powertrips by being rude and distant.Then they later have to eat their words when I make my deadlines and produce a great project. I feel also that that becuase I am nice to people that they take try to take advantage of my skills as a designer. However I have learned to deal with apropriate responses and answers.I do feel its important to be liked and respected if possible. But respect is a more powerful indicator.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
Most everyone likes me. Most everyone wants to be my friend. There are people who hate me, and I am totally fine with it. There are people that I just do not get along with -- which are usually the dramatic, wow-is-me, self-important types. I don't care about being liked. I am not here to please people. The only opinion that matters is mine, and my boyfriend's within reason. I look out for number one, not number 1 billion. I'd rather be real and myself than be liked by everyone while trying to please everyone.
medenginer medenginer 8 years
No I don't care who likes me and I'm pretty alright with that. I don't go around trying to be popular or liked. I would rather be genuine and honest. I'd rather be disliked or hated for who I am than liked or loved for who I'm not.
Nope. Why care? Alot of people are unqualified to judge anything why should I care if they judge me. No certain people I do care what they think. Like potential employer. I care what they think.
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
I'm glad you owned up to it, Pistil - looking at the comments from the top I was afraid I'd be the only one who really does get upset if I'm not liked. Not because I feel that everyone HAS to like me, but I do tend to go out of my way to be nice and welcoming to people who don't always deserve it.
Pistil Pistil 8 years
Yes and I'm paranoid that everyone hates me.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
It does bother me if someone that I have nothing against seems to dislike me. But if I don't care for them, I couldn't care less if they don't like me.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I don't expect everyone to like me. Not everyone gets along. When someone doesn't like me I just accept it and move on. Sometimes I care and sometimes I don't. I don't expect those who don't like me to be my enemies be any means. When I don't like somone I just tolerate them or do my best to avoid them completely if possible.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Generally, I would like people to like me, but if someone doesn't, there's nothing I could do about it, so I wouldn't care. :)
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
Nope. Carry on.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
Dishevel, she's the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I have too many quirks and eccentricities to believe that everyone will like me. I am not a horrible person, just a little off sometimes. I would like for people to find me nice and fun but I keep it moving if they don't.
DrDishevel DrDishevel 8 years
My goodness, what a lovely picture, who is she? She looks similar to my grandmother but not sure with all the facial tucks. I hope she is well. God Bless, Dr. Dishevel
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