To be ghosted by your professional contacts, like a Linkedin connection, your prospective client, or your office colleague can feel confusing, with a sense of rejection that can shatter your confidence.
We try to retrace our steps and figure out what went wrong, and also try to follow up for the sake of closure.
Ghosting can happen anywhere:
Many employees suddenly quit a bad job, never showing up the next day. This can also be due to their getting a better offer with immediate joining.
Professional networking is prone to ghosting, with Linkedin messages suddenly not being responded to, or a client that is being pitched for a prospective sale suddenly losing interest and blocking contact.
We all hate it when someone ghosts us, both professionally and personally because of the Zeigarnik Effect. This is a phenomenon that makes our brain linger on to something that is unresolved, unfinished or demands closure.
There is a cognitive tension inside our minds that makes us want to seek out a satisfactory resolution instead of being stuck in limbo.
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