Dealing with Rejection. Part 1

In today’s episode, we delve into a complex and deeply human emotion: rejection. It’s a feeling that touches all of us at some point or another, and it’s something that we all need to navigate.

Key Takeaways:

  • Rejection is a normal feeling. It’s often closely associated with sadness.
  • Rejection can show up following a range of situations from not getting a job to the end of a relationship, and it can be emotionally crushing.
  • Our core beliefs and self-esteem play a pivotal role in how we process and respond to rejection.
  • Rejection can also impact our self-esteem – the two can be closely linked
  • Our brains don’t like ambiguity, so they create stories to fill in the gaps when we face rejection. These stories can perpetuate negative beliefs about ourselves.
  • How we respond to rejection can have a profound impact on our relationships and mental health.
  • We’re hardwired for connection, and our brains interpret rejection as physical pain. This explains why rejection can feel so agonizing.
  • Some individuals have heightened sensitivities to rejection, which can stem from early experiences or conditions like ADHD.
  • Rejection can lead to a sense of learned helplessness, which can further damage our self-esteem

In part one of this two-part series, we’ve explored the nuances of rejection and its profound impact on our lives. We’ve uncovered how our core beliefs, self-esteem, and responses play a role in how we experience rejection. Stay tuned for part two, where we delve into the complexities of rejection in parenting, particularly during the challenging transition from childhood to adolescence.



All feelings are okay, but not all behaviors are appropriate or acceptable

Marie Vakakis


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