If you’ve scrolled past videos of people publicly embarrassing themselves on TikTok, chances are your “For You Page” has caught onto the latest trend. The rejection therapy trend shows people posting videos of themselves purposefully seeking rejection from the outside world.

This social media trend challenges people to put themselves in awkward situations to deal with social anxiety and the fear of not being accepted by others.

What Is Rejection Therapy?

Rejection therapy is a technique that falls under exposure therapy. These treatments involve people gradually opening themselves up to experiencing things that scare them. This approach encourages people to place themselves in situations where they confront their discomforts. When people fear something, avoiding it seems like the best option. While that may be a temporary fix, it doesn’t necessarily address the issue upfront.

Exposure or “rejection” therapy helps conquer those fears by growing a person’s comfort level around frightening experiences. In return, it builds confidence and creates a new belief system that a person is capable of conquering whatever is in front of them.

What Are The Risks And Benefits?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, exposure therapy has helped over 90 percent of people who suffer from specific phobias. The high results are worth considering for a person who fully commits to the process. That commitment looks like working with a professional to figure out those fears and devise a plan that confronts them. During the process, you’ll come in contact with or be within the vicinity of the specific phobia until the anxiety subsides. Depending on the severity, the time it takes to experience results varies.

A person could hurt their mental health with exposure therapy if their anxiety is severe. Someone who is already in a dilapidated state may find exposure therapy overwhelming at first, but other options are available.

How To Start Rejection Therapy?

The most effective way to reap the benefits is to seek professional help along this journey. There are small actions a person can take to try on their own first. Those interactions can be as trivial as asking a stranger for directions or complimenting a bystander. The main point is to stray outside of your comfort zone.