Am I Invisible? The Pain-Relieving Response to Being Rejected or Excluded

It is always hurtful when you are looking to belong in a group and you are rejected. You instantly feel like an outcast and and outsider, like you don’t belong. That is why it is very important that you are always inclusive and welcoming to people when they are seeking to belong. Always be kind to people who have the courage to reach out to you and ask you for help. You can really change someone’s life when you do this.

Key Takeaways:

  • Rejection, in a social or public setting, is often very painful and embarrassing when it occurs with you as the target.
  • Even uncomfortable events, like social exclusion, can be a good opportunity to teach important behavior lessons to your children.
  • Everyone experiences rejection in social contexts in their lives, and everyone knows how it feels; take advantage of this to reach out to others when you see it happening.

“Remember the deepest desire of the human heart is to belong … to be welcomed … to know you are seen and worthy of kindness.”

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