Magazine article Psychology Today

How to Ask for a Favor

Magazine article Psychology Today

How to Ask for a Favor

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NEED SOMEONE TO lend you a hand, some money, oran ear? Asking for help isn't always easy, especially if you're prone to guilt and pridefulness. Here are some things to keep in mind the next time you need a favor,

IBe honest and straightforward. When you're asking for something from someone, don't make up a set of reasons that exaggerate the problem or just aren't true. Explain your predicament. If you're clear about what you need, you'll find that most reasonable people can empathize with you.

2 Don't let guilty feelings get in the way-but do be considerate. If you feel guilty about asking for help, you run the risk of failing to make your needs clear. On the other hand, if you simply expect those around you to bow and scrape whenever you need help, you'll be sorely disappointed. …

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