4 Reasons Why Academic Rejection Is So Awful And 1 Principle To Keep Bouncing Forward

Rejection “burns off everything irrelevant. And then you’re left with the purity of what’s important”

Gavin Lamb, PhD
Feb 27 · 8 min read
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4 Scientific Explanations For Why Rejection Sucks So Much

1. We’re biologically wired for rejection to hurt

2. Academic rejection is unusually brutal

3. Rejection means ‘you don’t fit’

4. Rejection threatens your identity

Takeaway? Rejection is a fire that “burns off everything irrelevant”

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

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