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sammycat
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   Posted 6/4/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
what do you say to a person who believes no one likes them.  I think you tell them that it isnt true.  But what if it is? Then what do you say?

ivy6
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   Posted 6/4/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmmm. Perhaps you could encourage them to think of a few things they like about themselves? It's hard to be liked by other people if you don't like yourself.

Conversely, you could very nicely and gently explain what this person is doing to make him/herself so disliked. Sometimes people really do have no idea what they're doing to antagonise others, and it can really help them to have some honest, caring feedback.

Sometimes people are unusual, real individuals, and it can take them a long time to find a niche where there are folks who accept and like them for who they are. For instance, a tween who is a lot more mature than her peers may find that she makes friends more easily when she is older, as the people around her gradually become more mature. It may also be that someone is simply in the wrong school / social group / town, and that they may be happier if they move. For instance, someone who is bad at sport will probably not feel happy hanging around with a lot of athletic people, but might feel happier in a drama society or book group.

Not being liked doesn't necessarily mean that a person is unlikeable - it can just mean that they are in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong people. :-)

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   Posted 6/4/2009 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
You could try to find the postive things about this person and tell them, make a list even and show it to them. I know that not everybody likes everybody. But somebody must like this person. You do by the sound of it. So let them know.

We are all unique individuals. Everybody is a little different. As Ivy said, maybe this person isn't a social butterfly or they don't have anything in common with the people that they are with. But I can't belive this person to be completely unlikable.

One thing though they do have to learn to like themselves. That is the starting point. Maybe this person should try some counseling. Some cognitive therapy sounds like what they need. Maybe you could convince them to go.

Best wishes to you.

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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
because we are unique individuals sometimes peoples perceptions are skewed. some people are very insecure and become insular, for me people who may be disliked are people who need a lot of compassion as they "usually" are troubled themselves and feel that they are not worthy of assistance, thus they represent in the negative. hope this helps, jamie
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