Don't become sensitive to rejection
We start with this high volume of negative self-talk and criticism that takes the rejection to another level.
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Do not let it bother you in the first place, and then minimizing its effects after it's wreaked its havoc.
Humans are social animals -- which makes rejection all the more emotionally painful.
Anything that keeps us out of the group in an overt way, we're going to have a hard time with. It's an important aspect of who we are.
People whose self-esteem is lower will experience rejection as more painful, and it'll take them a little longer to get over it. Those who have higher self-esteem -- but who aren't narcissists -- tend to be more resilient.
Rejection-sensitive people might think about 'How can I get myself out of this situation?' or how to avoid a situation altogether.
Find someone you can trust to serve as a sounding board can help you gain perspective.
And we tend to interpret the pain incorrectly - we connect rejection to our self-worth, which makes us feel worse.
Rejection can benefit you. It can build resilience and help you grow and use the lessons you learn to future setbacks.
Trying to minimize the pain by convincing yourself—or someone else—it was “no big deal” will only prolong your pain. The best way to deal with uncomfortable emotions is to face them head-on.
Admit when you're embarrassed, sad, disappointed, or discouraged. Be confident in your ability to cope with discomfort in a healthy manner.
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