Physiological reactions to the wounds of rejection, distantiation
This essay from the NY Times Sunday Review describes a study which pointed out one of the involuntary physiological reactions we have to being rejected, excluded, cast into societally devalued roles (such as ‘other’): namely, a drop in body temperature in our extremities (such as our fingertips). This study underscores the reality and depth of the hinge wound of rejection (so described by Wolfensberger), which affects even the autonomic nervous systems in our bodies. We human beings so deeply need acceptance and belonging, and are so wounded by life-defining rejection and exclusion. Sadly, such rejection is part of the life history of so many societally devalued people, even those who receive services. This is one of the key lessons taught in SRV and PASSING workshops. The study can also emphasize for us the imperative to help societally devalued people to gain valued social roles, which are the key to belonging, acceptance, personal social integration and valued social and societal participation.
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