“We’ve been taught that ignoring someone is socially preferable — if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” says Sauder Professor Sandra Robinson, who co-authored the study. “But ostracism actually leads people to feel more helpless, like they’re not worthy of any attention at all.”…
… people who claimed to have experienced ostracism were significantly more likely to report a degraded sense of workplace belonging and commitment, a stronger intention to quit their job, and a larger proportion of health problems. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene from the POV of someone experiencing ostracism.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever felt ostracized? Write about how that felt. Does that stop you from sometimes ostracizing others?

Art Prompt: Ostracized

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the long-lasting and pervasive effects of ostracism.

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