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How To Talk To Absolutely Anyone, 2nd Edition by Mark Rhodes

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2“I Don't Want to Experience Rejection”

One of the biggest reasons why people don't speak up, or ask for something, or talk to somebody they don't know, is fear of rejection. This stems from not knowing how to handle what appeared to be rejection, if it happened, and goes back to childhood for most people. As a child, when you get into trouble, you can't defend your position because it's an adult, teacher or parent, telling you off. You just have to take it: feeling humiliated and embarrassed. As an adult though, you can stand your own ground in a calm, confident and friendly manner. You no longer have to fear vulnerability from rejection.

When approaching someone to start a conversation, fear of rejection returns in the form of the fear of ...

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