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How to overcome fear of rejection in relationships

I’m a 28 y/o woman who has finally found someone that I admire, who loves me dearly, and isn't a huge pain in my ass --and I'm hoping to make this last! Please help me to not ruin this wonderful thing! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2011 - 16 answers

How to handle speed dating rejection with class?

How do you handle rejection from Speed Dating in a classy manly way? I received a rejection email from a woman and I feel like I should reply...see details below... [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Apr 20, 2011 - 34 answers

Socially awkward girl seeks rejection tips.

Socially awkward girl seeks rejection tips. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Ummmm, what happened?

Egad! Please give me your opinion - I don't know what to think or do... I've never handled rejection well, but I'm not sure it's rejection. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 - 21 answers

Why do people I thought were friends suddenly drop me?

Was it something I said? Why do my friends keep dropping me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2010 - 57 answers

Need strategies for dealing with rejection at work

Can you help me prepare to not get an internal job offer at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Am I weird for being this upset?

Am I weird for being this upset? Met up with co-worker I'm interested in. [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Oct 3, 2010 - 33 answers

Sorry, your friend's not hot enough.

How do I deal with people pushing blind dates, when love is not (for the moment) blind? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Always have a plan b

What's the best way to keep things light and limit embarrassment for both people if the other person rejects you when you make a move? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 - 25 answers

Getting to no

How do a get an honest rejection at a bar? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Jun 18, 2010 - 60 answers

Collegedorkfilter: He's acting like he's in love with me, and I feel the same, but he seems to have another girl.

Collegedorkfilter: He's acting like he's in love with me, and I feel the same, but he seems to have another girl. What do I do? Nerdy ass literary references, awkward silences, and lots of hot-wild cuddling action ensue! [more inside]
posted by cheberet on Mar 20, 2010 - 41 answers

On second thought, I actually am that superficial.

After a first date that I can see isn't going to go anywhere based on a lack of physical attraction, how do I proceed decently? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2010 - 46 answers

How should I act toward a female friend after she rejected my romantic advance?

I'm ashamed to say that, even though I'm in my mid 20s, I'm still very inexperience at this relationship thing. Recently I just met this amazing girl who I really like. Unfortunately, after trying for couple months thing didn't worked out. She rejected my advance citing I'm not acting the way she thought I should, and she found another guy she really like. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2009 - 24 answers

How can I resist the temptation to despair?

How can I resist the temptation to despair as I get older and still find myself unable to break consistent patterns of frustration in my work and personal life? (long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2009 - 14 answers

Guilt and anxiety about declining dates and relationships

Help me overcome my fear of rejection - the catch - it's a fear of rejecting other people [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Dec 9, 2009 - 11 answers

"What are you doing?" "I'm ending our friendship." NOOOOO!

Help! Can I salvage this friendship even after experiencing the searing pain of rejection? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2009 - 13 answers

Why do I freak out if I don't know why?

I need help dealing with "unknown", especially in personal issues. I have an intense desire to know why something is happening, what someone's explanation is and I wind up a big ball of anxiety while overthinking it. I want to know how to be comfortable with just "not knowing", and how to be comfortable with the resulting feeling of not being able to control the situation. [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted on Nov 19, 2009 - 20 answers

Is rejection an intrinsically good experience or a future hindrance for an MFA program application?

Is it a bad idea to apply for a competitive graduate program, knowing you will probably get rejected or will it be a good experience for a future attempt at the same program? [more inside]
posted by Jeffy on Nov 13, 2009 - 14 answers

How can I stop being so sensitive?

I'd like to be less sensitive to rejection, as well as situations that aren't actually rejection but that I take as such. I've had social anxiety for as long as I can remember (I'm nineteen), and I have only come out of my shell in the last few months. Because of this, I'm incredibly sensitive to what others may think of me, since I've never really had friends and don't want people to dislike me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 - 23 answers

Yes, I'm aware of the existence of 'he's just not that into you,' but I'd like it confirmed by the source.

How do you phrase "are you into me?" in a non-terrifying way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2009 - 22 answers

wanting to "divorce your kids" ?

How can I help someone who has three young children but who doesn't want to be a mother anymore? I know that this sounds completely irresponsible and selfish and cruel but I would appreciate help if you can take the time to read the details. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2009 - 27 answers

Have you met my new much much better than you boyfriend?

Was in love with a friend. He is not in love with me. Haven't talked to him in 3 months, but find myself constantly having (childish) fantasies of him begging me back, going into a jealous rage when I've found someone else, and basically living with the horrible regret of throwing away his one chance at happiness. Must regain sanity and purge these thoughts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2009 - 22 answers

Gimme an F! A! I! L! What does that spell?

Is there a way to tweak my personal psychology so that I perceive failure and rejection as neutral or even positive, rather than negative, events? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Sep 28, 2009 - 23 answers


I applied for a job that I had absolutely the right criteria for, but I've been rejected before the interview stage. Is it worth following it up, and trying to get an interview, or should I just let it go? [more inside]
posted by hnnrs on Sep 23, 2009 - 21 answers

We were friends, that was as far as it went

I was rejected pretty kindly, we are being friends, and we're hanging out an awful, awful lot. Please help me get some perspective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2009 - 10 answers

I wish I could ask him about this rather than the the internet...

I hooked up with an old friend who I had very long standing crush on, I'm pretty confident I'm being rejected, but his behavior during and after is still making my head spin and I would really like to understand his behavior more so that I can move on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2008 - 29 answers

How many more bridesmaid's dresses should I expect to buy?

How many times do people typically make it to the "finalist" round before they land a job? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Oct 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Did I read the signs wrong, or am I being lied to?

I just got rejected by a girl whom I was certain had wanted me to make a move. I am very confused now. If anyone wants to venture a guess as to what happened I would appreciate it. Long story after the jump. [more inside]
posted by thescientificmethhead on Aug 18, 2008 - 94 answers

I spent EIGHT months for you! And for WHAT?!

I feel like I'm going through a breakup - only it isn't with a person, it's with an intangible thing. I know intellectually that I'll get better, but it's just been the first few days and I'm hurting so much. How do I heal? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 1, 2008 - 13 answers

No means no

How to nicely but firmly tell someone I am completely and totally uninterested romantically and at this point, pretty averse to friendship, too? [more inside]
posted by Phire on Jun 16, 2008 - 27 answers

How do I tell my parents I'm not a devilworshipper?

How to I gracefully tell my parents that I've changed religions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2008 - 27 answers

How dare you! ... we like it.

What are some audacious things that people have done to convince someone of their goal/cause/opinion or change their mind - and succeed? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 27, 2008 - 17 answers

"I'm sorry to let you know we've selected another candidate."

What's better/less worse: Telling someone now that they didn't get a job, or leaving him/her hanging until after the holidays? I want to do the humane thing here.
posted by Sweetie Darling on Dec 19, 2007 - 37 answers

Coming to terms with a long-term parental rejection

How to get over/deal with/move on from parental rejection? [LONG!] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2007 - 19 answers

How do I stop worrying in the beginning of a relationship?

How do I stop worrying in the beginning of a relationship? (example provided) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2007 - 14 answers

I'm just not that into you

How do you tell a potential employer that you're just not that into them? [more inside]
posted by phoenixc on Jul 16, 2007 - 12 answers

How do I fit in?

How do I gain rapport with people? (or, should I ditch if I'm being ditched?) [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Jul 14, 2007 - 24 answers

Found my son's father after 26 years

Okay, this is an enormous issue and I'm not finding any resources out there for help. I recently found my son's biological father. My son is 26. [more inside]
posted by nurse4kitties on Apr 12, 2007 - 43 answers

Just not good enough

Help me understand why I'm always getting turned down for important things. [more inside]
posted by nasreddin on Apr 3, 2007 - 38 answers

Dodging a nice person

I need help non-hurtfully brushing off someone who wants to be friends with me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2006 - 41 answers

How to avoid taking things personally?

How to avoid taking things personally? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Aug 19, 2006 - 9 answers

How to appeal a university's rejection?

Does anyone have an experience appealing an admission decision by a university? I recently applied as a transfer student to a private university in California and was rejected. I'm putting together an appeal now and I was wondering if anyone had any tips or advice from first hand experience. [more inside]
posted by petah on Jul 22, 2006 - 15 answers

hey, wanna go out? [silence]

Questions about rejection via non-confrontational means... [more inside]
posted by jetskiaccidents on Feb 8, 2006 - 26 answers


Rejection Letters - how to write them [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Jan 17, 2006 - 18 answers

Toddler Parenting

My two-year-old niece doesn't like guys anymore. That wouldn't be such a big deal, but she also rejects her dad, which makes him sad. My sister wants to know, what can be done?

I remember reading an AskMe about ways to cope with a kid who prefers one parent over the other, but I couldn't find it (and I looked pretty hard).
posted by Turtle on Dec 22, 2004 - 12 answers

How to do deal with "lets just be friends" when you want more?

"I think of you.. more as a friend." A girl I really, really (seriously) 'like' sprung that one on me yesterday. Her explanation was rather strange in general: apparently I'd make a great boyfriend, but she'd make a lousy girlfriend, and she's saving me from myself. Is this low self-esteem, or plain lies, or what? And what the heck should I do about the whole thing?
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2004 - 55 answers

Strange Spam

SpamFilter: The last week or two I've been getting the strangest spam, real spam with a wide variety of (normal for spam) message content, that is addressed to some imaginary address at a domain I own, but is posed as a rejection message from the intended recipient's domain. Anyone else who owns a domain having this experience? [more inside]
posted by billsaysthis on Sep 10, 2004 - 6 answers

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