Dealing dating rejection
Then, whilst their brains were being scanned, they were told who liked them in return and who didn't.The scientists observed that upon learning of their rejection, the brains of those who suffered from depression released less of the chemicals that are produced to relieve pain and stress.It could be useful to help retrain the thought patterns of those who are especially sensitive to rejection." Dr Perkin's words resonate because we are increasingly subject to rejection in modern life. ” We pine: "He'll come crawling back, I'll make him realise what he's lost." We tell ourselves stories to ease the sting “He is selfish, he doesn't allow room for anyone else in his life.” As a freelance journalist, it's a scenario I experience on a daily basis.
Can we learn or improve our ability to be resilient in the face of rejection?
“I think resilience in the face of social rejection is partly an innate tendency but can be enhanced by learning.
"It appears that social rejection is activating brain systems that originally evolved for physical reasons.” So what is it that makes some better at dealing with rejection than others?
“I would suggest that some people possess a more potent ability to block ACC activity in response to social rejection,” explains Dr Perkins.
Researchers at Michigan University asked a group of depressed people and a group of non-depressed people to view the photos and profiles of hundreds of other adults in an online dating scenario.