Rejection is something we all go through sooner or later, but some of us are lucky enough to experience it on a near constant basis. In this case we are of course talking about Ben, who has turned rejection into an art form. This week he’s fresh off of some new rejection stories, involving women of course. One of them was dating him for a few weeks, and the connection was very strong and promising. Many fantastic dates were enjoyed, future plans were made, and they were having a genuinely good time together. So, it should come as a surprise to no one that the girl abruptly ended things. “But why would she do that if they were having such a good time?” Well, she gave her reasons, but Ben finds them dubious. He assumes the rejection only ever comes because he’s not attractive enough. This prompts the boys to tell him that he’s wrong, and that’s not the reason. Instead, they argue that the real reason is that he’s kind of an annoying jerk with an extreme self confidence issue regarding his appearance. While the loving thoughts wash over Ben, an epic argument ensues about how each show member is stupider than the next when it comes to dating advice. Who wins out? No one, except women for staying the hell away from Ben.
At some point during this delightful and not at all hate-filled argument about rejection, the question inevitably comes up as to just why Ben is so down on himself, his appearance, his attributes, and anything else he can think of. He decides to share the story of him going to the prom. This may seem like a trivial thing, but as we soon see, no event in Ben’s life ends up being a trivial matter. In fact, hearing the prom story puts another major piece of the psychosis puzzle into place. When you hear just how unfortunate and depressing the prom actually went for Ben, you may begin to have at least a small understanding of why he’s so broken. His life has been filled with stories like these, and it may be too late to interrupt his negative thought patterns… but certain life events are very potent in our minds, and going to the prom is often one of those. So, if such an event is remembered so strongly as an indicator of why you’re unlovable, it stands to reason that’s going to win out over your jerk friends telling you to stop thinking that way in between screaming matches and name calling. But hey, I’m no therapist. Then again, there’s probably not a therapist on this planet that can help Ben at this point, so we may as well just enjoy the show until he crashes and burns out for good.