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A scientific and solution-oriented look at the roots of bullying and violent behavior.

Using brain imaging (fMRI) and a simple ball-tossing game, researchers demonstrate that the brain looks as though it is in actual physical pain when people are rejected, even when the person doing the rejecting is a total stranger. In contrast, pioneers in education show models of acceptance that influence physical and mental health, self-esteem and even IQ.

Experts in psychology, education, medicine, neuroscience, and juvenile justice who have studied "rejection" in their respective fields give commentary in REJECT. They include renowned early childhood expert Vivian Gussin Paley, youth violence expert James Garbarino, and leading researchers in the study of ostracism and social exclusion.

DIRECTOR'S NOTE: REJECT includes discussion of suicide and violence and is recommended for mature audiences.

"Reject engages with the critical tension at the heart of our being: our profound desire to belong and its dark side- our callous capacity to reject and ostracise. In a world that appears to suffer from no shortage of intolerance, exclusion and marginalisation, this film performs a vital function: it both educates and advocates; it is both a documentary and a demand for mutual understanding and tolerance. Watch it. Spread its timely message." - Dexter Dias, Queen's Counsel, Author "The Ten Types of Human", Penguin Random House , Visiting Researcher, Harvard and Cambridge Universities

Comments (5)

Anonymous picture

Fantastico aprendizaje que obtuve con esta pelicula-documental. Hasta creo que me ayudara a ser mejor humano.

Anonymous picture

this was awesome, super well made! interesting to see the "you can't say you can't play" bit being integrated in kindergartens, i think that's such an great way for people to learn some elements of inclusion. thanks for makin and sharing this film!

Anonymous picture

Thank you for this incredible contribution to those of trying to understand bullying and violent behavior. I showed this film in my Psychological Trauma course and used the supplemental material to guide the discussion. While many others have pointed out that many school shooters have ...Read more

Ruth  avatar

When so many of our loved ones suffer every day from the scourge or bullying or crushing social isolation, I wanted to understand, scientifically, why this is happening and what we can do to prevent the wounding, suffering, and sometimes even the death of the most vulnerable members of our ...Read more

Darron avatar

A great film for students to understand how shame gets under the skin.