Dr. Liz Hale shares five truths to satisfy our desire to belong.
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Feeling left out, or even being ignored, isn’t a fun experience. It feels childish, and can be hurtful.
Ostracism or exclusion have been studied for decades. While the silent treatment may not leave physical scars it can cause pain that is deeper and lasts longer than physical injury.
Being ostracized is an invisible form of bullying but because it doesn’t leave bruises we often underestimate its impact. Being excluded by a social group, office colleagues, extended family and especially by a spouse can be excruciating!
Why is ostracism so painful?
Because it threatens our fundamental needs as human beings of belonging and esteem.
And even being ignored or ostracized by a stranger has damaging effects?
Research has found again and again that strong, harmful reactions to ostracism are possible even by a stranger.
Purdue studied 5,000 people via a computer game to show how just 2 or 3 minutes of ostracism by strangers can produce lingering negative feelings. Continue Reading…
KSL Television ~ Studio 5Ã?Â
“Seniorhood” is the fastest growing age segment in our country. Today, over 38 million people in the United States are 65 or older. While many of today’s seniors at one time played “Santa” in their once-young families, now many of them are in need of a little holiday cheer themselves. Continue Reading…
KSL TVÃ¢â?¬â??Studio 5
That time of year has finally arrivedÃ¢â?¬Â¦..parents are busy sending their babies out the door for their first day of a brand new school year. If the start of school has prompted the shedding of tears in your home, and those fallen tears belong to you, rest assured you’re not alone. Whether your “baby” is in kindergarten or college, this separation is often harder on YOU than on them! Continue Reading…