Fear Of Rejection

Hi Everyone,

Today’s conversation was about fears and phobias – what are they and how do we express them.Related imageWe talked about vocabulary related to fears like scared and afraid which are general words to describe fear. Frightened is a sudden fear, terrified is an intense overpowering fear, and horrified involves a state of shock. Then we discussed some common idioms used to describe fear. Take a look here at the exercise we did together. 

Next we talked about fears and phobias, what makes them different. We reviewed some common phobias and one unusual phobia – hippopotomonstrosequipedaliophobia (fear of long words)! Here’s a list of some common phobias and their meanings.

We discussed some of our fears and then focused on the very common fear of rejection. We all face rejection every day and it can make us feel angry, frustrated, disappointed, shameful, and bad or mad with ourselves. But, none the less we have to deal with it. Rejection is the opposite of acceptance and we all want to belong, it’s just human nature.

Well, Jia Jiang, an entrepreneur was faced with a life long fear of rejection and he took on this fear in a very unusual way. He decided to take on a project where he faced rejection every day for 100 days. Here is his list of daily rejections. Watch his talk as he describes his rejection project: 

After watching his candid and funny talk, we reviewed some of Jia’s tips on how to deal with rejection: 1.) turn a no into a yes by asking “why” 2.) use empathy to break down barriers 3.) persistence often turns a no into a yes 4.) rejection never defines you, your reaction following rejection defines you , and, 5.) we can use rejection to fuel our determination to succeed. We all agreed that we can handle rejection better by using some of Jia’s tips!

Words of the day

blazing (adjective) : very hot, fast or powerful                                                                     At the beach last summer, the blazing sun made it uncomfortable to sit on the sand.

blast (noun) : a mass of air, water, gas, heat, etc., that moves very quickly and forcefully: {informal} a very enjoyable and exciting experience                                       We all had a blast at your wedding last weekend!

up to par (idiom) : good enough : as good as expected or wanted {- usually used in negative sentences}                                                                                                            His teacher said he’s an okay student, but, his math skills are just not up to par.

Have a great weekend and remember to relax and practice!

And don’t let fear of rejection get in your way, just Image result for turn yes into no

What Are You Afraid Of ?

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday, we started with a look at certain adjective + preposition combinations. The prepositions compliment the adjectives. For example – Hank is good at math. We looked at the following prepositions – about, at, for, from, of, on, to, and with and some adjectives that go with them, here’s that list Adjectives and Specified Prepositions . Then we practiced putting the preposition with the appropriate adjective in this exercise  Adjectives and Prepositions Exercise

Well, yesterday’s topic was – What are you afraid of?  We agreed that we are all afraid of something and some of our fears were spiders, mice, thunder and lightning, heights, diving into water, and dogs. Next we talked about extreme fears which are called “phobias” – which is the Greek root for fear. We took a look at some common phobias on these slides 10 of the Most Common Phobias have fun clicking through the slides. We focused on one phobia – fear of flying (pteromerhanophobia) and offered advice as to how someone could overcome this fear. Then we watched this short video about a bird, Dougal, who suffers from fear of flying and how it affects his life and how he deals with it. Take another look at the video here: 

Well, it looked like Dougal was able to cope with his phobia and move on with his life, until Lucy asked if he wanted to go swimming??? Looks like Dougal may have a fear of the water (aquaphobia) …….oh, no.


Words of the day

sling (noun) : something that is used to lift, carry, or support something                  After she broke her arm, she had to keep in a sling for about a month.

sting (verb) : to hurt (someone) by piercing the skin with a sharp, pointed part (of an insect, plant or animal)                                                                                             At the picnic yesterday, I got stung by a bee! Ouch, it really hurt!

swing (adjective) : {always used before a noun} of or relating to the style of music called swing                                                                                                                               In the 1930s and 1940s bandleader Benny Goodman made swing  music and swing bands very popular. The music was very easy to dance to and very lively.

*****Don’t forget to check out the Boston GreenFest this weekend****

Remember to relax and practice!