Rejection Sensitivity – Managing Disappointment

Today we’re managing the disappointment of a friendship breakdown in our household.

Supporting someone who is upset and has rejection sensitivity can be extremely challenging, but it’s essential to approach the situation with care and empathy. Here are a few tips:

👂 Listen with Empathy: Actively listen without judgment. Let them express their feelings and thoughts without interruption. 

💬 Acknowledge Their Feelings: Validate their emotions by saying things like, “I understand why you’re feeling this way,” or “It’s okay to feel upset about this,” – Remind them that these big feelings pass.

💬 Offer Reassurance: Reassure them that you’re there for them and that they can come to you at any time to chat, just sit or have a cuddle. 

🤫 Respect Their Space: Some people may need space to process their feelings. Respect their need for solitude but let them know you’re available whenever they’re ready to talk.

🫶Be Patient: Understand that healing and overcoming rejection sensitivity take time. Be patient and continue offering your support.

Remember that each person is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Tailor your approach to the individual needs and preferences, and be there for them in a supportive and understanding way. It may be necessary to seek professional help if things get too tricky – I know that’s what we’ll be doing next week.

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