I've been thinking a lot about rejection. In thinking about my life I realized there have been relationships, romantic and platonic, in which I have been rejected...clearly the person did not love me or couldn't handle the emotions involved and so they pushed me away. Yet in many of these situations I hung on, refusing to accept the rejection, even though it was apparent to everyone else that it was over. In looking back I don't even like these people. They proved to be disloyal and often emotionally immature, yet I still feel stung...I still feel rejected and hurt by their words/actions. In fact one ex-friend still works at my job. I am neutral towards her. I initally had a lot of anger towards her when she abandoned our friendship (for selfish reasons), but now I am relatively indifferent. Yet, when I am in her presence I still have the lingering need for her to "like" or "accept" me. Why is that? Why do I so strongly feel the need to still be accepted by those who have rejected me and have proven themselves unworthy of my love. I am typically a very strong, confident person...but I sense that this strange dynamic plays an important role in my current TMS symptoms. Can anyone relate? Does anyone have an insight into the psychodynamics of rejection?