Handling Rejection

Rejection is a big blow to our self-concept. This can result in a strong, overwhelming emotion that leads to retaliation. Handling rejection by peers is an important social grace that needs to be rehearsed so that it’s in a person’s toolbox of skills if this difficult moment should arise.

Sample Video:

Being Left Out

SOCIAL SKILLS IN ACTION (SSIA) – Tim is left out when the group decides to go play cards. The group wasn’t bullying Tim, but it still hurts to be left out. We all get left out at some point, but we can use some strategies to handle it. Tim uses positive self-talk to make himself feel better and thinks of another friend he can hang out with.

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Transcript:

Narrator: Being left out means everyone around you is doing an activity together but you were not invited. This happens to all of us at times. Being left out doesn’t feel very good. When we are down, we should try to have positive self esteem, which means we think positively about ourselves. This helps us remember we are a good person and are good at different things. If you are left out, there are some ways you can handle it. You can: Use positive self talk. That’s saying positive things to yourself; Find something else you like to do; Ask another friend to hang out. Let’s watch Tim learn to handle being left out.

 

[SCENE 1 Classroom]

Alessandra: What should we do? Any ideas?

Mike: We could play cards.

Alessandra: That’s a good idea. What game?

Ryan: How about Go Fish?

Mike: Yeah, that sounds fun.

Alessandra: Alright, let’s go!

Tim: (internal thought) I wanted to play too! Nobody in this class likes me.

 

Narrator: The group left Tim out of the game. They all started playing without him. How is Tim feeling? Tim is upset that he was left out. When this happens, we should try to make the best of the situation and not put ourselves down. Tim could have found an activity to do that he likes or ask someone else to play. Let’s watch him try to be more positive about the situation.

 

<SCENE 1 Classroom>

Alessandra: What should we do? Any ideas?

Mike: We could play cards.

Alessandra: That’s a good idea. What game?

Ryan: How about Go Fish?

Mike: Yeah, that sounds fun.

Alessandra: Alright, let’s go!

Tim: (internal thought) I wanted to play too! Nobody in this class likes me. (Think positive icon appears.) That’s not true! I know people like me. I always have fun hanging out with Justin and watching videos. I’ll ask him to hang out.

 

Narrator: Great job! Tim made his situation better by saying positive things to himself and by finding something else he likes to do. We all get left out sometimes. It doesn’t feel good and it’s not nice to do, but it happens. We need to learn how to deal with it. When we get left out we can: Use positive self talk or say positive things to yourself; Find something else we like to do; Ask another friend to hang out with us. Remember to try to think positively when you’re feeling down.

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