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Disappointment As Part of Life

Disappointment As Part of Life

Disappointment is a part of life that comes up when hopes or expectations aren’t met. All of us feel disappointment at times in our relationships, in other people, and in ourselves. It’s not an easy feeling to sit with, but there are healthy (and unhealthy) ways to cope with this unavoidable emotion.

It might be tempting to handle disappointment by avoiding it altogether. One way to do this is to not have expectations in the first place. But this isn’t realistically possible. Also, expectations are helpful for us in many ways.

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Ways To Deal With Disappointment

Here are some healthy ways to deal with disappointment:

  • Acknowledge that you’re experiencing disappointment. It’s tempting to ignore, minimize, or distract yourself from unpleasant feelings. But this can actually make these feelings more of a problem over time.
  • Remind yourself that disappointment is like a wave – ride it until it passes.
  • Adjusting expectations is the best way to cope with disappointment. If an expectation is rigid or inflexible, or doesn’t line up with reality, it’s easier to feel disappointed.

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We can ask ourselves five questions when faced with disappointment, that will help us to cope better with it:

  1. Why am I disappointed?
  2. What could I have done to prevent it?
  3. How will I perceive this disappointment in five years?
  4. When I look back after five years, will this setback have made me worse off?
  5. What can I learn from this?

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Coping with  disappointment

Pretend that you got out of bed one morning feeling disappointed, and you don't know why.

The first thing to do is facing that negative feeling and not suppressing it. While it may feel uncomfortable for a day, suppressing your emotions will take much longer to overcome.

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  • If you haven’t already, ask for their business card.
  • Ask for their name and pretend you just didn't know their last name.
  • Introduce the person to a friend and hope they introduce themselves.
  • Admit you've got a terrible memory, but it's awesome if the other person has remembered yours.

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