Change Your Way of Thinking
When it comes to being human, rejection is an almost inescapable part of the experience. Nobody has ever been successful in love or in life without having to deal with rejection at some point. Despite the fact that the majority of us experience it, the times when we do are frequently the times when we feel the most alone, ostracized, and unwanted. In actuality, a great deal of the pain and effort we eventually overcome is not based on the decrease of the emotion itself, but rather on the story we tell ourselves about the experience itself.
Our Previous Attachment History
It includes the cruel ways in which we criticize ourselves as well as the way in which we fill our minds with depressing notions about the future. Some studies have even found evidence to suggest that our reaction to rejection might be influenced by situations and experiences from our past, such as our attachment history. As a result, how we respond to rejection is frequently as essential as, if not more important than, the actual rejection itself. Because of this, understanding how to deal with rejection is extremely crucial.
There are a variety of approaches that can be used to learn how to deal with rejection. These approaches and techniques include psychological and spiritual approaches and techniques that involve positive reflection on our past, improving our self-awareness, and strengthening our sense of self-worth in order to feel more in control when coping with a current struggle and facing an uncertain future, among others.
Rejection is a state of mind that can be overcome
Our ability to see things as “changeable” can have a significant impact on our ability to cope with rejection in the future. According to recent findings by Stanford psychologists, a person’s fundamental views about his or her own character might contribute to the anguish of rejection. According to their findings, those who have “fixed mindsets” and believe that their character is “cast in stone” are more inclined to blame themselves and their own personalities for interpersonal problems than other people. When they are rejected, they are more likely to second guess and critique their actions, and as a result, they are less positive about their future relationships.
Possessing a Growth Mindset
The opposite is true for persons who have a “growth mentality,” who believe that their character is something that can be improved or developed through time. They have the ability to see the same problems as opportunities for growth and transformation. Despite their reservations, they are enthusiastic about their romantic future and the improvement of their relationships. If we can take the perspective that life is flexible and that losses provide us with an opportunity to develop and evolve into a whole person, we will experience less pain when we are rejected by others.
You should pay close attention to your inner critic
Not only is what happens to us impactful on our behavior, but so is the filter through which we view what happens to us. This is true for both humans and animals. Drs. Robert and Lisa Firestone have written extensively about the role that an individual’s “critical inner voice” plays in influencing how they perceive the world. This ‘inner critic,’ who lives inside our heads like a nasty trainer, is programmed to condemn, undermine, and deceive us at all times. This “critical inner voice” is frequently the result of unpleasant early life experiences that instilled in us a fundamental sense of being wrong and never coming up to expectations. It is this negative voice that represents a form of “anti-self” throughout our lives, i.e., the part of ourselves that always appears to be turning against us.
The Judge’s Voice
An unhealthy mental process that commonly causes us to suffer in life and in relationships, and which attacks us when we are most vulnerable is represented by the “voice.” In the face of a rejection, this voice murmurs, “See, I warned you it wouldn’t work out.” Nobody will ever be able to stand up to you. “You will never find someone who appreciates your contributions.” It also argues, “You should not have put yourself out there in the first place.” You will never be able to trust anyone again. “You will only cause harm to yourself.”
We’re all flawed and human, and we all have things we’d like to improve about ourselves. However, this voice is never our friend, and it is not conducive to meaningful transformation. The ability to accept ourselves can make us feel a lot stronger and more capable of moving forward in our lives when we are dealing with a divorce or other difficult situation.
Consider Rejection as an Opportunity for Growth
We shall evolve if we are able to see whatever or whoever is rejecting us as agents of change rather than as enemies. When we don’t get jobs, they’ll be viewed as steppingstones in our lives. When they don’t call back, it’s easier to see the positive side of dating. Once a difficult relationship or one that made us sad has ended, we will begin to accept it as a learning lesson. When we’re mourning something that didn’t truly exist in the glowing ways that we prefer to remember it, it’s far more difficult to deal with the rejection. We tend to be able to recollect only a few great moments from that relationship, rather than the multiplicity of terrible things that occurred throughout that time period.
When it comes to intimacy, many couples who struggle with it are already dealing with a certain amount of what Dr. Robert Firestone refers to as a “fantasy bond,” which is defined as a “illusion of security and connection” that takes the place of genuine love, intimacy, and affection in the relationship. Finally, when one party decides to end the relationship, the other partner is left feeling betrayed and humiliated. Not only in terms of the relationship, but also in terms of the fantasy world they built in which they were positively related to another. They forget or overlook the manner in which they argued, the aspects of their relationship that did not mesh with the other person, as well as the characteristics of that partner that they did not care for or dislike.
The battle between fantasy and reality
After being rejected, even when we are angry at another person or circumstance, we are frequently more prepared to rip ourselves apart while also affirming the person who has rejected us on some level. At the same time that we idealize the other or the relationship and yearn for this situation, we are reinforcing the notion that we are “less than” or “unworthy.” However, it is important to recognize that this sense of unworthiness frequently has far deeper roots in our own hearts and minds. In many cases, what is torturing us has less to do with the reality of what we have lost and much more to do with our underlying feelings about ourselves, which lead us to believe fantasy rather than reality.
Self-acceptance should be practiced
Researchers at the University of Arizona discovered that those who had divorced but had a high level of self-acceptance had fewer intrusive negative thoughts, fewer terrible dreams about divorce, and less negative reflection than those who had not divorced but were high in self-acceptance.
Fundamentally, we should treat ourselves in the same manner as we would treat a friend, with compassion and empathy for our predicament. Rather than feeling sorry for ourselves or rejecting our mistakes, we should strive to be compassionate and forgiving toward ourselves.
Dr. Kristin Neff, the principal researcher and author, describes self-acceptance as consisting of three essential components.
The Three Essential Elements are as follows:
Assimilation versus isolation as a matter of practice:
Neff emphasizes the realization that no one is alone in their fight, despite the fact that it may appear to be so at certain points. All human beings suffer, and many have been rejected by their loved ones. Thousands of people have traveled a similar route before us, and we should feel secure and connected as we look to the future.
Become aware of your thoughts and feelings:
In addition to providing practically innumerable physical and mental health benefits, mindfulness enables us to avoid becoming overly identified with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that arise in the moment.
Make use of rejection as an opportunity to get additional knowledge and experience:
The experience of rejection can be a valuable learning experience, whether you discover areas in your life that require development or just realize that being rejected isn’t as bad as you thought.
Finally, don’t misinterpret God’s separation process as an indication of rejection. His preparation for your Destiny will begin with the separation of you from people and situations that no longer serve a purpose in your path with Him. The Holy Spirit is causing people who once welcomed your company and situations in which you were comfortable to no longer accommodate you. It may appear to be rejection, but it is actually a severance from your past self and a joining with your destiny that is taking place. It is important to remember that this separation is assurance that you are on the proper path.