Justin, whose personal story is featured in REJECT, is shown on a playground with other children.

Human Sciences to screen “REJECT” film on April 2

Amanda Harrist, Ph.D., Professor, Human Development and Family Science

Human Sciences to screen “REJECT” film on April 2

The College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University will host a film screening of “REJECT” as a part of Human Sciences Week 2014. The film will be shown on April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theater.

“REJECT” is the first documentary film to examine the universal experience of social rejection. With a blend of scientific evidence and personal stories, the film is driven by a core idea – that social rejection has a profound impact on human life.

Human Development and Family Science Professor Dr. Amanda Harrist served as an expert for the film offering research-based advice regarding the long term effects of rejection and bullying.

Two personal stories are woven throughout the film, one of them centering on a Stillwater, Okla., student. Justin, a 5-year-old son of Mexican immigrants, who has already been labeled a troublemaker at school. In the film he finds himself in a new classroom under the watchful eye of teacher Terry Varnell, who understands that Justin needs boundaries, and more importantly, to feel accepted.

The film was inspired by Dr. Herbert E. Thomas, who wrote a book called The Shame Response to Rejection. Working in a maximum-security prison for 30 years, he witnessed a connection between the experience of rejection and physical pain.

The film aims to raise public awareness about the serious consequences of interpersonal rejection in its many forms – bullying, parental neglect, race discrimination and other forms of social rejection.

It speaks to parents, teachers, administrators, organizations that train teachers, coaches, mental health professionals, clergy, counselors, juvenile judges, office managers—that is, anyone entrusted with influence over others and in a position to foster acceptance.

Harrist is certain the film will make a difference in how people treat others.

“It is powerful to see what happens when people are rejected, Harrist said. “But the film demonstrates ways to promote inclusion and acceptance beginning with very young children.”

For more information on “REJECT”, go to rejectfilm.com.

Read more https://news.okstate.edu/press-releases/2643-human-sciences-to-screen-reject-film-on-april-2


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