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Rejection Sensitivity

When we sense rejection from others, we can physically feel the unworthiness and inadequacies throughout our bodies.

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“Without experiencing criticism and rejection in life, it would be impossible to grow or improve yourself.”


― Mwanandeke Kindembo

No one likes to be rejected. It feels terrible to be told that we're not good enough, that our efforts are worthless. And yet, rejection is a part of life. We can't avoid it, no matter how hard we try.


For some of us, though, rejection is especially difficult to deal with. We might feel like we can't take it, that it will break us. We might even avoid situations where we might be rejected, because the thought of rejection is too painful.

This is called rejection sensitivity, and it can be a real problem in our lives. If we're constantly fearing rejection, we might miss out on some great opportunities. We might also have trouble maintaining relationships, because the fear of being rejected is just too great. This fear tends to make us people-pleasers and perfectionists. 

There are some things you can do to deal with rejection sensitivity. First, try to be aware of your triggers. What sets off your fear of rejection? Once you know what they are, you can start to work on them. Our therapists can create a treatment plan with you and provide you with tools to help increase your tolerance of rejection.

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