Pooja Priyamvada: Dealing with Rejection in Search of a Partner | Reloscope #50

In this episode, host Marie Stella is joined by Pooja Priyamvada, a grief counselor and academic expert

Rejection, especially in the context of dating, can be a daunting experience. By delving into the intricacies of handling romantic rejection, individuals can transform it into a powerful tool for personal growth.

Meet Pooja Priyamvada

Pooja Priyamvada is an academician, translator, consultant, mindfulness and grief counselor, sexual wellness coach, corporate trainer, and mental health and suicide prevention activist. She is the Academic Director at IIMM Delhi and the facilitator of the “Leadership & Management in Health” course offered by the University of Washington. 

She was awarded the 50 Inspiring Women 2022 award by Fox Story India and the India Prime Women Icon Awards 2022 by Foxclues.

About the episode

Rejection is an integral part of the dating experience, albeit challenging. It’s essential to recognize that rejection is not a reflection of one’s self-worth but rather a natural outcome of the dating process. 

Pooja emphasizes the importance of seeing rejection as an emotional injury that, much like a physical one, requires time and care to heal. She suggests a proactive approach to dating, advocating for relationship clarity to minimize misunderstandings and potential rejections.

The advent of online dating platforms has significantly altered the dynamics of dating and rejection. The ease of swiping left or right has led to a rapid and often impersonal rejection process. 

Pooja advises against equating profile rejections with personal failures, highlighting the importance of differentiating between one’s online presence and their true self. She stresses the need for safety and caution when navigating online dating and encourages single individuals to maintain clear communication and set boundaries.

Pooja also shared some strategies for coping with romantic rejection:

  • Preventive Measures: Establish clear communication about the intentions and expectations of the relationship to reduce the likelihood of rejection. This clarity can lead to more realistic expectations and healthier relationships.
  • Self-Love and Respect: Remember that your value is not diminished by rejection. Cultivate self-love and respect to build resilience against the emotional impact of rejection.
  • Seeking Professional Help: If the pain of rejection interferes with daily functioning or triggers deeper emotional issues, it may be beneficial to seek guidance from a relationship counselor or psychologist. Professional support can offer strategies for coping and healing.

Despite its challenges, romantic rejection teaches empathy, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence lessons. It encourages introspection and can lead to significant personal growth.

Puja highlights the importance of empathy towards oneself and others as a critical component of navigating relationships and life. She calls for a shift in perspective, urging individuals to view rejection not as a failure but as an opportunity for development and deeper understanding.

In conclusion

In dating, rejection is an inevitable part of the process. Yet, it also serves as a catalyst for growth, resilience, and empathy. By adopting a mindful approach to rejection, individuals can transform their experiences into opportunities for personal development and stronger, more meaningful relationships.

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