Author: Kari Kagan, Psy.D.
Most people experience rejection at some point in their lives. Whether being rejected from a job, a school program, a relationship, or a group of friends, we all experience a similar kind of pain, sadness, and anxiety, that can stay with us as we endeavor to try again, or maybe even get in the away of trying at all. A recent New York Times article written by organizational psychologist, Adam Grant, discussed strategies for coping with rejection that can help increase resilience. The two main strategies he discusses are 1) to conceptualize rejection as a mismatch between two people, or a person and a job, instead of a problem with you or a problem with them, and 2) to turn to other parts of your identity when another part is being rejected. For example, focusing on building and deepening your relationships when your career isn't where you want it to be. This article offers great perspective and advice on how to deal with rejection, and if you would like more support on coping with rejection in your life, please feel free to contact us for a free phone consultation.
Diana Gordon, Psy.D., Kari Kagan Psy.D., and Katie Leoni, Psy.D.
Drs. Gordon, Kagan, and Leoni practice psychotherapy in downtown San Francisco and Oakland. Their areas of expertise include anxiety, sleep, stress, depression, and addiction. They blog about these topics to provide research-based information about common problems and strategies to help manage them.