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How To Handle Rejection

By Laura Snyder

Whether that sexy stranger gives you the brush-off or your hot new date stops returning your calls, rejection Ė in all its ugly forms Ė sucks. But donít let it get you down. Here, ways to keep getting out there again.

Donít Take it Personally

Donít think that rejection is some kind of personal statement on your worthiness as a human being. Resist the urge to think youíre an unlovable ogre. Itís sort of like applying for your dream job. You know you may not win it, but you try because you know youíre qualified.

Deny, Deny, Deny

Go ahead and wallow in self-denial if it helps. Maybe the timing is all wrong, or theyíre seeing someone, or theyíre just unwilling to share their bed with anything other than their forty cats. Itís not you, itís them!

Get Some Space

If youíre rejected by a coworker, neighbor, or anyone else you see on a regular basis, youíll need to give yourself some space from this painful reminder of being bitten in the ass by their rebuff. Fortunately, this is usually fairly easy since theyíre not exactly calling you daily to inquire what youíre up to. Employ this avoidance strategy until you can stop thinking of your disappointment every time they cross your path, and you have set your love sights on a more worthy prize.

Take A Lesson

Most importantly, learn from the experience. Of course, itís not your fault if this dreamboat failed to see your dating potential. But maybe something went wrong in your approach. Was it the obsessive way you kept picking lint off his shirt? Or how you couldnít seem to keep your eyes off her ample cleavage? Look for ways to improve your game and then get back to playing the field.

Try, Try Again

Being handed a rejection can make you feel like a dating failure, so by going out with other people youíll remind yourself that youíre quite the successful catch. Itíll also keep your mind off those losers who werenít interested. Next!

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