April 8, 2015

Highly Recommended: Getting Over the Fear of Being Rejected

Rob Humbracht

Getting Over the Fear of Being Rejected

One of the biggest problems of applying to medical school is dealing with our fear of getting rejected. To many applicants, fear can be crippling. You're trying to study when all of a sudden, your brain turns to thoughts of your own inadequacy, that you will never get in. You can't do anything else, and you lose precious minutes and hours paralyzed by fear. Wouldn't it be nice to have a way to conquer that fear?

A new podcast from NPR called Invisibilia examines a system to help do just that. If you don't have time to listen to the whole episode "Fearless," the system for conquering fear picks up around the 46 minute mark.

In this case, we're talking about fear of personal rejection, but I think that the same steps can be applied to pre-meds. The simple step is just:

Get rejected at least once per day.

That's it. Ask ridiculous questions that you know will get you a "no." Whatever it is, go get rejected. "Can I get a ride 200 miles away?" "Can I have a free sandwich?" "Would you do my laundry?"

The entire podcast is fascinating, and it's highly recommended.
Scroll down to the January 15, 2015 episode "Fearless"

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