Shunning and Social Rejection: Why am I a social outcast?

There are many different forms of social rejection from parental rejection to peer social exclusion at school, romantic rejection, religious shunning and even rejection at a job interview. Whilst specifics vary amongst different types of social exclusion, they all have much in common when it comes to explaining the concept of not being accepted. So what are the general causes of social rejection?

There are lots of reasons behind social rejection, but they can be classified into 4 main groups:

1.) People who may interfere with the group’s goals

From a biological, survival-of-the-fittest point of view, group acceptance is extended to people who have something to benefit the group. At the very least, group members are looked upon favourably if they will fit in nicely without rocking the boat.

People who have a tendency to show “ungroup-like behaviours” that may throw a spanner into the works are at higher risk of social rejection. Examples of ungroup-like and unhelpful behaviours include the following:

  • Inability to share: Only taking care of yourself and not giving anything to others.
  • Inability to listen: Being inattentive makes working together difficult.
  • Immaturity: People who throw tantrums and are unable to interact maturely with other group members can hold back the group from progressing.
  • Inability to cooperate and work together
  • Difficulty with social skills like an inability to read other people, can hinder smooth functioning of a group. Being able to pick up subtle non-verbal signals of group members helps raise the efficiency of the group’s ability to work together. This may be one of the reasons that children with social difficulties like Asperger’s and autism may struggle with group acceptance in some cases.
    Parents who beseech their Asperger or autisic children to “act normally” are really saying: “I see these social skills as crucial for your survival and I want you to survive and thrive”. Such parents can learn to see that where it’s impossible to “act normally” because of certain constraints, a child will still be able to survive and thrive with the tools and talents that they do have.
  • Tendency to argue with convention and with group leaders, thus slowing down the group. It is important to note that there is a difference between “arguing” and holding different opinions and expressing them appropriately. Appropriate sharing of ideas can be innovative and valuable to the group. It is only when a tyrannical or fanatical stance is taken, where compromise and consideration of others is disregarded, that disagreements can become an encumbrance.
    Where fanatical opinions exist amongst certain cultural groups, whole groups may be at risk of social exclusion. Sadly, stereotyping can occur and people within the condemned “type” who aren’t guilty of fanaticism can be tarred with the same brush. This is when people with different cultural, religious, and political beliefs can sometimes be seen as an impediment to a group’s smooth existence. Such thinking may contribute to the formation of political parties like the BNP.
  • Tendency to be loud and distracting at inappropriate times: Children who impulsively disrupt lessons are at risk of frustrating other members of the group for hindering their progress and invading their sense of peace of mind. Having peace of mind is a basic human need! If people invade other people’s sense of space and peace, they can inevitably be socially rejected. Good social skills can compensate for a tendency to occasionally be disruptive when it comes to peer acceptance.
  • Negative people: People who frequently point out what can go wrong and do not offer much positive input can bring down the morale of the group and slow down progress. Having said that, honest assessment and constructive criticism is a useful offering to the group. It’s only when criticism is destructive and excessive that it becomes a problem. This can be the case for people with general anxiety syndromes and low self-esteem, where their low confidence and anxiety inhibits them from being useful to the group. They are incapacitated because of their personal limitations.
  • Narcissistic and neurotic people: People who can’t see past themselves at all are unhelpful to the group. With the wide amalgamation of personality traits humans possess, hindering traits like narcissism and neuroticism are often found alongside positive traits, including good social skills. As long as the benefits the group member has to offer outweigh the hindrances, they are often accepted into the group.
  • Low academic skills: Acceptance into a high-flying company’s group when you’re hired for a job is often based on how good an education you had. Low education levels and poor qualifications are seen as factors that could delay advancement of the company, and such people are therefore more likely to be rejected.
    Some social groups that value educational levels may also exclude others for not meeting their group requirements. Like all cases of social rejection, this is a type of intolerance, and it is important to remind people prone to such intolerance that academic qualifications are far from being the only reflection of a person’s intelligence..
  • Low social status: When it comes to choosing friends and romantic partners, “good” social status can boost a person’s reputation whilst negative status has the opposite effect. In romance, there is a tendency to choose partners who have a slightly higher social status than yours. This is likely an evolutionarily determined process that occurs to ensure that your offspring has the best chances possible for successful survival. Perhaps this is partly the reason for the oft-heard expression: “S/he’s not good enough for you!” and the desire to “marry up the social scale”.
    Unfortunately, this type of social bias can also lead to snobbery and inter-class-resentments. Happily, the class wars are far less prevalent today than they were in previous decades and centuries, although they are still far from extinct.
  • Poverty: Members classified into the poor section of society can be seen as a hindrance because they often need monetary assistance from the group for survival, and may not have much to offer in terms of contributions to the group. At their worst, they can be seen as a leach on resources. Of course even a poverty-stricken person still may have a lot to offer society and the group. Judging a person because of how much money he has can have no bearing on his positive contribution to society. Many socially successfully people come from humble beginnings. Nevertheless, the underlying subconscious belief that poor people have little to offer the group may bias people (without them even realising it), towards choosing friends that are better off financially.
  • Less able-bodied people and people with disabilities: The very young, the very old and the disabled are sometimes seen as hindrances to group efficiency, which can lead to social exclusion of these groups. As an example of this, in the past it was common for children to be “seen and not heard” because their presence was seen to be disruptive.
    Weak members of the group are also considered less helpful. In primitive caveman times, those who showed low athletic ability, and those who had poor vision for example, may have been viewed as less helpful to the group. To this day, school children are often teased for lacking these essential caveman needs.
    The qualities which are seen as “weak” differ depending on the group in question, the group’s goals and values. Some groups see athletic proficiency as useless but rate intellectual skills highly. In such cases group members may ostracize jocks with low intelligence. The army, on the other hand would value athletic abilities over academic prowess.
    Parents who have certain values may frown upon their children if they don’t exhibit the able-bodied traits they would like them to have. They may cry out “Why can’t my kid be normal?”, which really means: “Why can’t my kid fit my idea of what’s needed for optimal survival?”. It’s a blessing we live in a world where there are a wide array of groups, each with different goals and values. This enables survival to be possible even if a child does not possess the talents needed to meet a parent’s idea of what goals they should achieve.
  • People at risk of sexually inhibiting the continuance of the human race: There may be a natural evolutionarily-driven tendency for humans to reject homosexual tendencies because it has the potential to hinder the survival of the human race. This is an outdated and limiting view as medical advancement and various socially accepted solutions today have provided ways for homosexual people to have children too, yet evolutionary instinct may take longer to catch up to logic. By socially rejecting homosexuals, some groups may instinctually, and without conscious awareness, be acting out the ancient human drive to aid group survival.
    People who look androgynous may be prone to suffer social exclusion for similar outdated instinctual reasons.
  • People with different hobbies and interests: Amongst children and teens, having unusual or different hobbies and interests to the group can be an obstacle for the very important activity of play. What music people like, or what clothes they wear can give clues to whether there will be problems finding common group to enable the joy of group play. The more intolerant a person, the more likely they are to socially exclude a person for minor “offences” such as disliking what they perceive to be the “right” kind of music. Usually however, such minor differences only lead to social rejection if compounded by other hindrances or dangers to the group.

In all cases of the above mentioned encumbrances, good social skills and providing benefits to the group can over-ride other socially hindering factors of group acceptance.

2.) People who pose a danger to the group

  • Sickness: If anything poses a threat to group survival it is disease. People who have an ailment pose a threat to the group if they are contagious. The reaction to sickness is an instinctual one, where many people find it repulsive due to the evolutionarily coded need to avoid disease. Any indications of disease can cause repulsion and increased risk of social rejection, even if the problem is not contagious, because evolution seems not to have been quite that selective. It may be that social exclusion of people with physical deformity may also have its roots in the fear of disease. This is because deformity may sometimes be a side effect of serious illness.
    Members of society who are seen as unusually short or tall may also project that they have “faulty genes” with conditions like dwarfism or giantism which may increase risk of certain health problems and hinder survival of the group. This may explain society’s natural tendency to be less accepting of such people who deviate from the norm.
    On a similar note, people who are unkempt, messy, smell bad and appear dirty may be repulsive to people because subconsciously they pose a threat to the health of the group.
  • Mental sickness, volatility and labiality: People who are mentally unwell or unpredictable could be a danger to the group and for this reason are often feared and ostracized.
    Where safety of a person’s life is concerned, it can sometimes override even a parent’s love, and some children with mental health disorders may feel unaccepted by their parents, because their parents fear their volatility.
  • Aggression: People may socially exclude others who are seen to be aggressive because they intimidate and instil fear for general safety.
    Ironically, one of the side effects of social rejection is aggression, which is why many of the aggressively violent high school shootings heard of in the news where carried out by angry youths who had suffered social exclusion of some kind.
  • Members who look intimidating: People who choose to dress in intimidating ways can instil fear in others who may interpret their intimidating appearance as an indicator of pent up aggression or unpredictable behaviour. Stereotypical bikers, goths, and punks often exude slightly intimidating airs which may be feared by others. A recent example of a group socially excluding intimidating clothes is the France Burka ban. Although there were several reasons for the burka ban, one of them was that Arab women who covered their faces stirred feelings of discomfort in members of the public. Other groups that cover their faces in society today include burglars, bank robbers and hooligans, so perhaps it is understandable why a face cover could be seen as “dangerous” to the group, even when the intention behind it poses no malice.
  • Traitors: Members who are at risk of squealing to the “enemy” (where there is one), or people who may be whistleblowing traitors, can be seen as a threat to the group and may therefore be socially excluded.
  • Members who challenge the core beliefs of a group which could mean not only a hindrance to efficient progress of the group, but it could lead the group to fall apart completely. This is why many religious groups have a huge fear of challenges to their beliefs. Strict sects like the Amish church for example, are known to shun members for deviating from their strict rules for what much of the world would consider minor offences.
  • Members who challenge the group leader: If the group leader perceives you as an alpha male or female who may jeopardize their position as the leader of the pack, they may ostracize you and use their group power to rally support against you. A group leader that acts in this way may also be sending out a warning message to the group: “Anyone who messes with me and rebels against my power is going to suffer social exclusion.”
  • Members who “sin” and influence group members negatively: This is commonly a reason to shun people in religious communities. The fear is that sin begets sin, and one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.

3.) People who are deemed to offer no benefits to the group

Sometimes even when people are not a hindrance or a danger to the group, there are cases where group members feel they have enough people in their group to fulfil all the necessary roles, and if external people don’t have any extraordinary benefits to add, they will not include them into their group.

When a group’s valued traits are very different from an outsider’s valued traits, even if an outsider has a lot of benefits to offer, they may still be socially excluded from the group. Unfortunately what is perceived as a benefit is sometimes subjective. This is where being different (in spite of having lots of wonderful things to offer) can lead to what’s often perceived as unfair social rejection.

A clique of children may sometimes reject a perfectly charming new kid in the class who may have plenty of talents and good things to offer, just because none of the kid’s positive attributes fit in with their group values. You can’t really change a group’s values and it’s not really fair to expect you change your own values just to fit into a group that you probably won’t really feel either comfortable with or happy in anyway. The best advice perhaps is to seek other social groups with similar values to yours that will appreciate your gifts.

4.) Rejection due to Painful Projection

“They’re just jealous of you!” is often the defiant cry of a parent defending their child when they aren’t accepted by a group of their peers. Whilst usually there are many other possible reasons for social exclusion, jealousy can be a cause. If you project something that others don’t have, like good looks, intelligence, athletic prowess, wealth, self-confidence or any other positive trait, they may resent you for their own deficiencies. In fact in such cases it’s entirely the rejecter’s own issues leading to your social exclusion.

Similarly, any negative traits a person has which remind others of the same traits within themselves can be painful to see. So if a person is very overt in their lack of self-confidence or insecurity, it may mirror these same shortcomings and vulnerabilities in others. When people observe these uncomfortable traits, it may set off a familiar lurch inside them that they possess these same traits, but they may find it so subconsciously repulsive that they reject the person who embodies this awful trait that they fear and dislike in themselves. It is easier to disown vulnerability by rejecting others than it is to face your own vulnerabilities head on.

In conclusion

Often when we think of social rejection, we attribute it to “they’re just too different” in some way. Whilst this is true, if you dig a little deeper you find that the differences often pose a hindrance or threat to survival or to self-image, which may explain the age old question of why being different can be so difficult in society.

Having conscious awareness of why we do the things we do to people can help prevent rejecting others which often mirrors rejecting something inside ourselves that we do not want to see, for fear of not being able to handle it. It is when we learn to behave compassionately towards ourselves and accept our differences, vulnerabilities and shortcomings that we become more tolerant and accepting of others. When we learn to live in peace with ourselves we can then live in peace with others.

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What to do if you’re in a state of being socially rejected?

Having been there myself (hence why I was motivated to research this topic and write an article about it), I can understand how it feels to be in that place of not being accepted by a social group despite your best efforts. So what can you do about it? Here are a few of my personal suggestions based on things that helped me:

  • Bach Flower Remedies:
    These are safe, natural flower essences used to help difficult emotional states. The Bach Remedies I found most helpful are the following:
    - “Willow” for times when I’m feeling a little sorry for myself
    - “Holly” for times when I was feeling angry, bitter & resentful at people for being mean
    - “Larch” for feeling a lack of confidence and feeling like “why even bother trying”
    - “Gorse” for feeling that things are hopeless,
    - “Gentian” for feeling downhearted and feeling like you’ve been knocked back.
    - “Cherry Plum” or “Rescue Remedy” can be helpful in extreme situations where someone is feeling such intense feelings that they fear they may lose control and do something rash.
    A personalized combination of these essences may be really helpful in helping to uplift your spirit. You can put up to 7 different flower remedies in one remedy bottle at once. You can read more about Bach flower remedies and how to make up your own personalized bottle and how to take them in many places online.
  • Strive for being the best “you” you can be:
    Sometimes we inadvertently repel people because of something we are doing without realising it. Maybe it’s not listening to people and talking over them, maybe it’s being so shy that you rarely talk and blend into the background, or maybe it’s being very fidgety, squirmy and uncomfortable in your own skin which makes people feel on edge. By recognising a behavioural tendency or habit we have, we can learn to overcome and let go of certain habits if they’re not serving us. Always be yourself, but you can be the best you that you can be.
  • Change your thoughts, change your world:
    There is a theory of the way our world works which says that we attract to ourselves those things that we think about and focus on. It’s the self-fulfilling prophecy theory: if we expect people to shun us, we attract to ourselves situations where this really does happen. There’s nothing to lose by trying to change your thoughts and expectations towards thinking more positively; there’s only something to gain, so why not give it a try? Here’s an article I wrote about how to overcome negativity and try to be more positive which may be helpful.
  • Seek out new people:
    Even if one group shuns you at school or at work, this doesn’t have to dictate your future of social interactions. There are so many different kinds of people in the world that it’s highly, highly likely that there will be people out there who will resonate with you and who will like you and appreciate you for who you are. Personally, I found that I didn’t really need to be accepted by a huge group of people. Just finding one awesome person who you get along with well and enjoy spending time with is a wonderful thing. The internet can be a great place for finding more like-minded people, on forums, on youtube, on dating websites, or through meet-up sites like
  • Rather than dwelling on the problem, divert your energy to things that feel better:
    When we have a problem that we don’t know how to fix, staring at it more and more won’t necessarily lead to an answer, and often can just make us feel more frustrated and upset. So one thing that can help feel better is finding something else entirely to focus on that makes you feel better. There are so many things that may feel better to focus on: focusing on doing well academically or at work, creating something beautiful like a painting or a piece of music, writing a story or a poem. Sometimes reading or watching something on tv can uplift. Or spending time with a pet, espsecially a loving creature like a dog, who shows you that you are lovable, can be really uplifting. Or maybe you can use the opportunity of finding something better-feeling to focus on by challenging yourself to inventing something awesome or starting a business or a website. Yes, it doesn’t solve the original problem exactly, but by occupying yourself with more positive things, the problem gets less “air time” in your head, which helps you feel better.
  • Know that you are awesome!
    One of my favourite quotes is this one: “If you didn’t have something special and distinctive to contribute to the world, you wouldn’t have been created.”
    Mean people in our lives can come and go, but the one person who is always there for us, is ourselves. Leading on from that, I would say that the most important relationship we have is with ourselves; so make it a kind, loving relationship. Be good to yourself, appreciate your talents and all your best qualities. Though it may feel a little silly doing it, one feel-good morale-boosting exercise I’ve found helpful in the past is writing a list of all the things you appreciate about yourself. You don’t have to fill it out all at once – you can always add to it as you think of something else to add. Read it back whenever you need a little reminder of how great you are to get an instant little upliftment. No matter what, we all have something amazing and special within us; and we all have something positive to give. I guarantee that you ARE awesome! Believe in yourself, and allow yourself to shine!

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34 Responses to Shunning and Social Rejection: Why am I a social outcast?

  1. Dror says:

    I liked your article – is interesting

  2. Stessily says:

    An interesting question with thought-filled answers. My observation of shunning and rejection tends toward two extremes:

    (1) someone is shunned because they do not fit in with the group, as, for example, different interests, social status, etc.;

    (2) someone is shunned because certain ones in the group are fearful that this person will outshine and/or replace them in the group.

  3. CftxP says:

    Wow, this article really helped me a whole LOT! Yesterday, I was depressed beyond belief and when I woke up early in the morning today, the feeling was residual but when I happened to stumble upon this article, I immediately felt better while I was reading it – especially the two parts where you were talking about how despite having Autism (possibly Asperger’s when it was still a valid diagnosis) I could use my tools and talents to help me survive in this world on a social level and that despite being gay, the negative reaction to it is likely only the failure of evolutionary tendencies to catch up to common logic. I’d also like to add the fact that rejection also happens just because someone doesn’t look like those in the perceived group.

    For example, I always had trouble making friends due to the sheer fact that my acne has ravaged my face to the point that my appearance is off-putting to many. Unfortunately, that was the major reason for my depressive bout since for so long, I tried to ignore these feelings and deny them but they did overpower me when on Christmas, my parents forced me to go to church, which reminded myself of why I didn’t want to go in the first place – the judgment, based on appearance and my personal beliefs.

  4. Dave says:

    I say, fuck the group. Let them shun. I’ll be me, and if they don’t like it, they can lump it.

    • Matt says:

      Dave, you’re the fucking man.

      • Doe says:

        Sarcastic troll aside, Dave is right. This page is centered around Christian views (whether or not the author intended it that way) that essentially hold Americans — especially immigrants — hostage.

        Any sign of not conforming with a recognized ‘leader’, whether he or she is aggressive or narcissistic him or herself, and you will find yourself outcast. Even people with violent physical tendencies, once in the position of lead, tend to stay there — I know this firsthand from my own life experiences.

        As someone who’s been treated inappropriately and abused by my own parents and shunned by a country I never wanted to live in, let me say that America, as a country, and americans who do fall within accepted circles by extension — are the equivalent of a slightly crazy bar drunk that runs around picking fights and starting nasty rumors about the friends he doesn’t like, with one added twist: resistance is futile, and you’ll either be assimilated or destroyed.

        • Matt says:

          There is no sarcasm in what I said..

          • Jill says:

            Matt, it was pretty clear that your comment was a whole-hearted agreement with the original poster. Not sure why someone else labelled it trolling and sarcasm, it seemed a harsh thing for them to say. Oh well.

    • Jill says:

      Dave, agreed.

  5. Natalie says:

    I like Dave’s answer. I seem to get shunned for speaking my mind even though most of it is positive it differs from them so they have to (shun) me. I am not allowed to have different view point than them. Sometimes I disagree and would speak my mind however I’m just being me. Its not nice to have people who say your wrong even my good ideas get hated and when I start to think for myself.

    • Bernice says:

      I agree. I have a creative mind and read a lot about world events. I am also a critical thinker by nature. I have found that most people don’t care about what goes on outside of their circle, listen to gossip and rarely try to explore new solutions to old issues. People generally don’t like to be challenged and hate change. That being said, in the tribe mentality, I am the outsider.

  6. Jane Dough says:

    I am in a group that shuns me. I was hoping this experience would be different from my others, but it has not been and all has gone to shit. I am always the reject–always the outcast. But, I think for different reasons each time. Lior’s article is excellent and helpful and the only one that doesn’t read like a quiz in a teen magazine. It takes this issue seriously, which is really what I need right now because I am at my wits end. I am so lonely and in need of interaction. My intention to this current shunning, which is extreme, was to just go on with my life and ignore it, but I am in a situation where there is no one else to really associate with and if there were, they would hate me, too. Everyone says, “That’s the way it is, ignore it, move on.” But that is easier said than done. My family tells me, “Just be nice to people.” But I am nice to people. I really try. It is easy for people to say what I should do, but I am living it and that isn’t easy. How do you hide your insecurity, your low self-esteem, your paranoia, your inability to interact socially in a normal way because you never had normal interaction growing up. I see these people I am with socializing and having fun and they are happy–TALKING and LAUGHING and SHARING. I am walking around at night and all day long with no one to talk to or share anything with. I am not a kid anymore and not socially interesting to anyone.

    • Daisy Chain says:

      I was a total misfit in school and , for a while, it bothered me that I did not seem to fit in with people even after I left. Then I began to look at things differently. I started distancing myself from people who had too much of a negative influence on me and overhauled my entire way of thinking. This helped me a lot and I have not looked back since.

      Be your own person, the best that you can be and do not be afraid to be yourself. That is thebest thing for you.

    • Daisy Chain says:

      Maybe you are trying too hard to be what you cannot be, Jane. This is causing a lot of stress for you and discomfort for other people. Just try to be yourself, do not worry about whether or not you fit in with other people and you wll find life gefting a lot more pleasant. I know because I tried this and it worked.

    • Ron says:

      I feel for you and empathise with you.
      Are things still the same?

    • Meli Apau says:

      I know exactly how you feel. I have been in the same boat my entire life — not easy and now I am mostly alone. I have one friend my family has osterzised me for years and now my fear is dying alone. I just don’t know how to fix this.

    • Robert Gonzaleswww says:

      lets hang and start a group I’ve been in12 steps and therapy

  7. deb says:

    I too have known what it is to be shunned/ as a child due to insufficient scapegoating and abuse by family, school due to extreme poverty where i was picked on for where i lived and what i had to wear / after a few relationships with men who were narissitic i ended up raising two kids alone, Now my son who i loved and nurtured beyond belief and helped facilate his masters degree, has decided that I am an embarresment due to my being a cleaning lady/ this past holiday he stopped by briefly said he didnt want anything as a gift from me as i was incapable of choosing anything appropiate for him, So no gift exchange as he went on to his girlfriends parents for the entire holiday who because of his lies think i abused him, more rejection and shunning. I am so alone and now in my 50s living on antidepressants and antianxiety meds. The only saving grace is my dogs and little kitty/ though the one dog i loved so very much is gnoetting very old and its so depressing. At least now i know that I am not alone in this shunning thing. I hope someday we all can be appreciated for who we are/ gentle, loving and lonely people. often misunderstood

    • Judy62 says:

      Oh Deb. I know what you mean. Some of us have been crippled from the start. I am sorry for the treatment by your son. I’ll bet he’s in his early 20s. I get tired of the blame-the-suffering-for-their-shortcomings attitude so prevalent in this country.

      The one thing I am seeing lately is, because of less opportunities becoming available, many are feeling the low status pain others have felt for years. Just maybe it will bring about a more balanced view of cleaning ladies and others who are doing less desirable but honest work.

      I know this is an older topic, but I had to post anyway because I felt the same rejection from my youngest son too, then he made a 180 when his dad died and he understood, gee, looks like maybe things aren’t so permanent.

    • M says:

      Wow, this breaks my heart.
      Can I help you somehow?

  8. Catherine says:

    This article is excellent! Thanks for writing it.

  9. Jennifer says:

    I like how you put up the idea of scents with different emotions. When I am feeling like dog doo from people I like to also look at birds and nature. People are and will continue to be cruel to those of us in my case Ive always been sensitive due to severe bullying in my adolescent years. at 44 this person continues to haunt me. The gal pal cliques never accepted me and loved to pick and demean me. Its sad. But will try your suggestion about the flower scents. Thanks and best to you.

  10. Adam says:

    I feel exactly the way Jane Dough does. Thanks for sharing your feelings Jane, it’s a little more comforting to know that I’m not the only one in the world experiencing this pain. It is absolutely heartbreaking and horrible to be constantly rejected on a daily basis. I’ve been in a new social setting for a few days now through work and already I can see the onset of group rejection coming on. Just the anticipation of rejection is enough to make me feel sick!
    I’m friendly, helpful, considerate to others and smart but people always seem to sense something in me they just don’t like and I have no idea what it is. I am at my wits end because I simply can’t be any different to how I am already. Lord how I’ve tried.
    I entertain the thought of suicide constantly. I’m not really keen on the idea but just the thought of not having to endure my shit life any longer offers some consolation. I don’t think I could actually bring myself to do it, mostly out of the fear of dying but at times it seems like the only solution.
    None of the few friends that I’ve actually made over the years ever visits me. The only reason my friends and I ever catch up is because I make the effort. The same goes for my family members. It’s a common thing for friends and family to call and make plans to and spend time with me on a Saturday or Sunday then cancel right at the eleventh hour. I put my whole day aside preparing my house for entertaining then find out they’re not coming right when they’re due to arrive. I lost count of how many times that’s happened! It literally makes me cry it hurts so much. I don’t know why people hate me so much. I’m 43 years old by the way and I’ve done at least 25 years of earnest soul searching to try and find my belonging in this world. Nothing has ever really changed in that time so I’m starting to believe that I’m simply not supposed to fit in. I’m just fodder for the positive and successful.

    • tanya says:

      I really feel for you. Where are you living right now. I am experiencing the same as you

      • Jill says:

        Adam, I think its sweetness that They sense in you. Unfortunately and shockingly, a majority of people on planet earth are coarse (spiritually speaking) and they despise sweetness and sensitive-ness, which they view as weakness. They feel guilty for not having sweetness – briefly – then they reject or harm the soft one.

        There are decent people around but they are fewer in number. You can find some. Earth has animals and plants too. Pity about the majority of the humans. :-)

  11. Brad says:

    I have almost universally been rejected by women…. No matter what I do , how I act , or anything else….. I want to be me, not try unsuccessfully to be someone else….I am told I am not like other men they have met or know of. And I should just try harder…. How am I supposed to try harder , when I can only be me, or just keep looking,or get a bigger pond to fish in….if most responses have been like this, how is keep trying or a bigger group going to make any difference?

  12. JeNnDeViLz says:

    I’m a transgender female and was immediately outcast from my family. I have always been a social reject. I’ve tried changing different aspects of my life and it seems to drive more people away. I’m respected at work but thats about it. I have gone into a complete isolation and have given up on finding anyone to date. It’s been 3 years now going single. Groups are a waste of time as most of them are just platforms for drama and often very negative and solemn. I love who I am and who I have become just wondering if it’s possible to be loveless?

    ThE LoVeLeSs <3 <3 <3 JeNnDeViLz

  13. Meli Apau says:

    Being shunned for being myself. I do nothing to no one. I go about my business and don’t try to interefere with anyone else. I am honest to a fault, do not make waves, try to do my best in any situation, I am kind and loving to all. I am straight forward, do not try to do things to hurt others, and try my best to be open and acccepting with all. I am not sneaky, a plotter or vicious. What you do is your business …I accept that. Yet my entire life has been one shun after another in every situation I get involved with…no matter who or what….started with my Mother at age 3 and has continued thruout my 64 yrs…No matter what I do I am shunned and disliked—like one would do a criminal …I still have no clue as to why. It still hurts deeper than anything I have ever experienced.

  14. Jane Don't says:

    I have been shunned my entire life. Didn’t really know why, until I took a sociology course. One section described an experiment, the monkey taken away and isolated with only two wire forms, one a food source and one for confort, if left in the situation too long the monkey was never able to integrate into a group. Seems to be the way I grew up, isolated and without interaction. Then I began looking, this site provides some of the picture, but not the whole picture of why. Apparently, my mother hated me and my siblings because of our father. He lied to her about a vasectomy, that never happened, resulting two more children she did not want. A counselor once told me that I grewup an orphan. She was right. Now I search for how to fix me, how to make friends and anything else that might be out there. I want to be accepted by others, but possible friends are repeled after I am “being myself”. I have seen others in this situation, and still don’t know how to reach out to them. The entire article looks like me and it is so frustrating because intergating into a group is important on the job, working in a team. Those of who have been shunned by parents and family look different. I will never fit in and don’t feel confortable in large groups. Thank God for dogs.

  15. Shunned from Birth says:

    I was born after only 4 months in my mother and she refused to keep me. I was sent to a foster home until the age of 5, when I then entered the foster care system and have been shunted around until now, at 25, I left my last home and am making my own way. I don’t need anyone in my life; no one has cared for me, why should I then care about humanity as a whole? No one has ever seen how I look without looks of revulsion appearing on their faces. I choose to live in solitude and do what I can to survive if not necessarily be fully alive. I am cursed but I have accepted my lot in life.

  16. Robert Seyko says:

    I am not talking about group shunning, but individual shunning. Why can’t shunners just approach the shunnees and ask, ” What can we do to mend fences? Fix things.” I’m sick of it. Everyone in my family or circle of friends is shunning somebody.

  17. Jill says:

    Usually people respond well to me. If this group I just joined is so petty they have to bad-mouth the new person in order to – what? Feel superior? Delete the effect of an extra person that will shake up their clique bond? Keep everything the same with no effort to be welcoming on their part? Or whatever their reason, they can jump in a lake. They didn’t invent this group, it is a branch of a national women’s organization, established long before they were even born. Yet they’re acting like its their own club and you have to be their personally approved blood relative to be accepted. Weird. I wonder why they recruited for more members if they are not inclined to embrace newbies and I wish they’d shown their true colors before I paid the $100 non-refundable joining fee. Its just so petty for middle aged women and older, to act like elementary school twerps. I’m so disappointed in them. There is no excuse for them.

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