unpleasant encounters

Behaviorists believe that humans first exist as a blank state; it is their subsequent encounters that mould their lives, and they learn of success and failure by interacting with the environment. Upon the demise of social support, the feelings of rejection and sorrow, coupled with an innate tendency to overrespond makes one depressed. The continued loss of social support leaves one feeling even more depressed and for a longer time.

People susceptible to depression have compromised social skills, which render it tough for them to gain the assistance they need from their social environment. Eventually, these individuals go through more unpleasant encounters with others and have less capacity to deal with the ordeals than normal people. The depressed individuals often trigger unpleasant responses from the people dear to them – the caregivers gradually grow sick of handling the depressed individual and become less accommodating.