We all feel rejected at some point in our lives. It’s an inevitable part of life that can’t be escaped. However, some people seem to be more sensitive to rejection than others, to the extent that they feel paralysed by anxiety and depression.
Rejection can be experienced in romantic relationships, in social and group settings, or in our work environment. It triggers deep-rooted feelings in us. We become extremely anxious that we’re not lovable or acceptable.
We fear that people don’t want to be with us, dislike us and we’re going to end up feeling left out and alone. These feelings and thoughts can be very distressing, occupying our minds and affecting our daily lives. Our minds can become so drowned in these thoughts that they leave us almost paralysed, anxious and depressed.
Anxiety is often tied to inacceptable thoughts and feelings that may be buried in our unconscious because they are difficult to feel or think about.
We, as human beings, and especially as children, can be put in situations that may create difficult and negative emotions for us. Because these emotions are difficult to feel and think about, they become stored away in our unconscious.
Barry is a child who really needs his mother's love and attention. However, she is preoccupied with her own difficulties and negative emotions, such as depression. As a result, she finds it hard to give Barry the attention a child needs. Because Barry is only a child and finds it hard to make sense of his mother's depression, he takes it personally. He feels rejected, unwanted and furious about his mother'...