Ten Surprising Facts About Rejectionby Guy Winch, Ph.D.
Rejection really hurts but most rejections inflict damage to our psychological well-being that goes way beyond mere emotional pain. Here are ten lesser known facts that describe the various psychological impacts rejections have on our emotions, thinking, and behavior.
- Rejection piggybacks on physical pain pathways in the brain.
- Tylenol reduces the emotional pain rejection elicits.
- Rejection served a vital function in our evolutionary past.
- We can relive and re-experience social pain more vividly than we can physical pain.
- Rejection destabilizes our ‘Need to Belong’.
- Rejection creates surges of anger and aggression.
- Rejections send us on a mission to seek and destroy our self-esteem.
- Rejection temporarily lowers our IQ.
- Rejection does not respond to reason.
- There are ways to treat the psychological wounds rejection inflicts.