How to Handle Dating Rejection as a Deaf Person

Experiencing rejection by someone you’re attracted to can be a devastating experience no matter who you are. Deaf people certainly have their own unique challenges in life, but this isn’t one of. When you reject by someone you’re attracted to most people will question what they did wrong and this is a mistake. You may think that someone’s a perfect match for you, but that doesn’t mean they share your opinion and that can lead to a lot of disappointment. In reality rejection while dating is no different for a deaf person that it is for a non-hearing-impaired person, but it may seem a lot worse because of the much smaller pool of potential matches available. Here are some things to consider that will help you to deal with rejection.

#1. Try to Remember That It’s Not the End of the World
While it may not seem like it right now being rejected by someone you’re interested in is not the end of the world. There are other great people out there and the perfect person for you is more than likely still out there. Nobody likes rejection, but it’s part of life. The key is to learn how to move on from this experience and learn from it so that you can avoid potential pitfalls in future relationships.

#2. Recognize the Signs of Depression
Sometimes we take rejection so hard we don’t know how to move on with our lives. If you find yourself at the point you simply don’t want to get out of bed, or you can’t convince yourself to get out of the door and go to work chances are you’re suffering from depression. This isn’t something to take lightly, but it is something you can get past. It’s important to recognize that the reason you were rejected by someone may not have anything to do with you at all. In many cases the person that you thought was a perfect match for you wasn’t who they said they were and that’s why it didn’t work out.

#3. Don’t Be Afraid to Seek Professional Help
As a deaf person it may seem easy to withdraw inside yourself and ignore the world around you, but that’s never a healthy thing to do. If you can’t convince yourself that the rejection you experienced in the dating world is just a part of life and you need to move on, then it may be time to seek out professional help. As a deaf person it’s actually easier to avoid people when you’re feeling down because of rejection, but just because you can’t hear the world around you it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. A professional therapist can help to bring you back to the world and begin to heal.

#4. Find a Good Support Group
When you experience rejection it may seem easy to withdraw inside yourself, but that’s the worst thing you can do. If he can’t bring yourself out of the depression caused by your rejection and you don’t like the idea of seeking professional help, you may want to consider a support group. Most major cities have support groups for deaf people and the best way to find is by performing a quick search on your favorite search engine, or you can even use the old fashion root of searching through the yellow pages. The best thing about support groups is that you can hear stories of other people going through similar issues as you, which enables you to see that you’re not alone.

Handling rejection is not an easy thing for anybody and for deaf or hard of hearing people it may seem even more difficult to handle. You can be sure that this isn’t the end of the world and as long as you know where to find help whether it be professional help, a support group, or simply friends and family you will definitely get through this and find the perfect relationship for you.