Guide To Overcome Fear Of Rejection

Rejection, no matter what form it takes or who it comes from, hurts. There is no getting around it. 

Every person wants to belong with those they truly care about. Feeling rejected by these people can hurt you so bad that you can’t imagine getting over it. Whether it is a friendship, a relationship, or a job, rejection is never a pleasant experience. 

How Does Rejection Affect You?

The pain of being rejected can cause a cut that’s so deep it could leave you broken for a while. Did you know that rejection has the same effect on you as that of physical pain? It triggers the same part of the brain that makes you ache when you are physically hurt. 

There is no denying why a lot of people have that fear of not being good enough. They dread the thought of being rejected. If you have experienced it at least once or twice in your life, you probably do not want it to happen again. 

Perhaps it has made you stronger than you thought you were. Maybe the rejection inspired you to work on improving yourself. No matter what came out of the experience, you know that there is one fact about it that doesn’t change: it hurts. 

The fear of rejection can hold you back from taking risks and trying something outside of your comfort zone. It keeps you from growing. But is it possible to ever get over rejection? 

It is, but it entails a bit of work. How you choose to deal with it is all up to you, but learning how to stop living in fear of rejection will benefit your life more than you can imagine right now.

Discovering The Truth About Rejection

Rejection is not something that only happens to you. It is a universal experience. It happens to anyone and everyone. 

If you want to learn how to overcome fear in life, you must learn to face rejection. Whether it is a small or big thing, rejection is the same as it is. The effect that it has on one person is the same as well. 

Sometimes, rejection can come in the simplest of forms. There are times when rejection seems to be very big. 

  • A friend who chooses to ignore your message and make you wait forever for a reply
  • Being turned down on your first attempt to ask someone to go out on a date
  • Not getting invited to a classmate’s party
  • Your partner leaves you for someone else

Nobody ever feels good when something does not happen like they wish it would. However, there is one truth about rejection that will always remain true: it is an experience that brings you hope. 

If you remind yourself that rejection is a normal part of life, it will become easy to see how you can face it without fear or prejudice. Perhaps, it may be the turning point in your life when you feel that there is nothing about rejection that you should fear. 

How Do You Deal With Rejection?

No matter what happens or who rejected you, the more important thing to focus on is how you can help yourself deal with it. Here are a few steps you can do to help yourself: 

Tip 1: Validate how you feel

Any type of rejection hurts. Some people might advise you to get over it and encourage you to just move on. Although they mean well, it is important to understand that your feelings won’t go away overnight.

The pain will linger for as long as you deny that it’s there. In the long run, it won’t be helping you at all. Instead, you will become more sensitive to rejections to the point that you would become too afraid to take on risks. 

Rejection always comes with emotions that make you feel uncomfortable, like embarrassment and frustration. But no one else can help you deal with how you feel than yourself. Acknowledge those feelings and allow yourself to feel hurt. Denying yourself the opportunity to confront the emotion and hopefully manage it well is going to end badly. 

Tip 2: Think of it as a learning opportunity

It may not look like it in the beginning, but rejections are also opportunities for learning. In truth, it makes a person grow and discover himself in the process too. 

For example, you applied for a job that you like, but you didn’t get it. The rejection might hurt your ego, but it could also be a turning point in your life. Maybe you need to brush up your resume and perhaps learn a new skill or two. 

After a few months of working on your self-improvement, you will realize that the job you didn’t was opening doors for you to improve yourself. Now, you have a job that you like and the confidence that makes you do your best. 

Tip 3: Remind yourself that you are worth it

Rejection can be a terrifying experience, especially if your heart or pride is involved. However, rejection can sometimes just be a case of a mismatch. 

For example, when you are dating someone for several weeks, and suddenly they stop talking to you, it will make you feel like you are not good enough. But then, it could also mean that it was just a mismatch. 

Building self-confidence to empower your self-worth is something that you need to work on your own. Remember that nobody can ever tell you what you are worth. Only you can do that to yourself. 

So try very hard to practice self-love. Keep a journal where you can write the many things you love about yourself. Make a list of the things that you can do and the things you want to try. Before you know it, you feel so much better about yourself and so much prouder of who you are. 

Looking At Rejection From A Different Perspective

What does it mean to be rejected? You can look at it from two perspectives. First, you can see yourself as a poor person who nobody wants to be with. Or second, you could choose to lift yourself, build on self-confidence, and just live your life. 

Rejections can be painful, and there is no doubt about that. But they can be fruitful too. All you need is to allow yourself to look at it from a different perspective, and you are good to go. 

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