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Day Two Rejection – ask for a discount in a shop

This one is short and sweet. Yesterday I went into a phone store to get a new charger. I told the three-year-old assistant hovering by the phones what I needed. He grabbed one and led me to the till where I struck up a bit of witty repartee:

Me: I don’t know what I do with them, I keep buying them and leaving them places…

Him: Silent bar a look that seemed to say ‘Madam, I could not care where you leave them, why are you talking to me?’

Me: Anyway, I’m really good customer, is there any chance of a discount?  

Him: A look of panic. He wasn’t expecting this. He pauses for a second then: ‘Er, no madam, unfortunately I’m not able to do that.’

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Day One Rejection – chatting up a stranger in a coffee shop

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Well, it turns out that the stars collided, the Universe intervened and the self-help Gods came out to test me after I did my intro post to Rejection Therapy yesterday.

They made me start this challenge with the big one: being rejected by a man. My worst nightmare. Although the fact that I imagine men rejecting me every time I see a guy I like means that it’s not so much a nightmare as a virtual reality.

Anyway, I was in a coffee shop when I wrote yesterday’s post. After I’d finished writing I was wasting time on Facebook, when a good-looking man walked in. When I say good-looking, he’s my current version of good looking – scruffy, beardy and intellectual looking.

And it wasn’t the first time I’d seen him.

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Let rejection therapy begin!

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Right, I’m back and ready for my next self-help challenge: Rejection Therapy. Now I’m bending the rules on this one a bit because it’s not actually a self-help book, more of a self-help game, but I’ve wanted to do it ever since I read about it a few years ago. Actually, I take that back, I haven’t actually wanted to do it because it sounds horrible but I know that it would be a very good thing for me to do. So here I am.

Rejection therapy is the brainchild of a Canadian man called Jason Comely (http://rejectiontherapy.com). The aim of the game is simple: YOU MUST GET REJECTED ONCE A DAY BY ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. Not try to get rejected or attempt to get rejected but actually get rejected.

Being rejected can come in many forms: You could ask someone out and they say no (puke, puke, puke), you could ask for a discount in a shop and they say no (cringe, cringe, cringe) or you could ask for a pay-rise/promotion at work and have it turned down (yikes)…

Putting yourself in a situation where you expect to get rejected but don’t, doesn’t count, you have to keep going until you get rejected.

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A funny PS to my first day of POSITIVE THINKING BY POST-IT

I tried explaining the idea of positive thinking and affirmations to mum. She is horrified.

Me: “The idea is that we replace our usual negative thoughts with positive ones.’
Mum: ‘You mean you delude yourself?’
Me: ‘No, you just try to focus on the good rather than bad.’
A pause.
Mum: ‘You’re not going to go all American, are you?’
Me: ‘What do you mean?’
Mum: ‘You know… happy. People don’t like that. It’s not real.’ I’ve been warned…

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