Most children feel like this sometimes; and some
feel this way most of the time. They really believe most people do not like
them. These feelings and ideas develop in children out of low self-esteem, bad
life-experiences, poor social skills, and a life with way too much stress.
Focus on your having a positive relationship with your child, understanding
this helps a lot by itself. This truth not withstanding, you can do more to
help your child with his relationship problems.
Start by believing him. You might say, “Okay,
most people don’t like you. I’m not one of those who doesn’t like you; but most
people are. If it’s true, it must have something to do with how you act, how
you look, or how you treat them. You must be turning them off. If you can
figure out how you’re doing that, you also can figure out how you can stop
doing that. It’s hard for me to see how you turn most everyone off. That may be
because I love you; but here’s a place for you to start. How do you know they
don’t like you? That’ll be a place for you to begin thinking about what you
might do about the problem.”