They think they can make one or a number of rejections right by trying to get this person to validate them, and unfortunately they end up experiencing even more pain.
Next thing you know, they’re chasing them down with a text (like lazy chasing though…), turning up on their doorstep, patrolling Facebook to monitor for any vague reference to them on their ex’s profile, trying to orchestrate opportunities to tell them all about themselves, questioning mutual friends and acquaintances to find out what has been said and then losing their minds over it, or even staying home all the time because they fear that ‘everyone’ knows ‘about them’.
While of course there are a portion of people who won’t believe what was published or even hold the false perception, they seek the retraction and even sue for damages because they believe that there has been tangible damage for any people who do believe.
It may cost them credibility, cause problems with their family and friends, affect the brand, or even company profits.
While it is certainly worthwhile to consider whether or not your standards are realistic, you should also acknowledge how lazy or apathetic you would be to settle for someone below your potential.
If you aren't getting dumped by guys, you could probably be doing better.
The fact that this person is neither influential (they cannot make you into who you think you should be) nor important, nor that special that you should anoint them with this special status, seems to have passed you by.
At most, it is a reliable source of advice for women who want to improve their chances with the opposite sex.
If you get dumped by a guy you like, remember that although this is probably due in part to men playing below their league, it is also the product of you being ambitious in your relationships: you are trying to get the best guy you can, and therefore you are dating guys that might dump you. If you were constantly settling for guys of a low caliber, then of course you would have more success, but you wouldn't be content.
This retraction you’re seeking is not going to cause the heavens to open, angels to sing, and for the presses around the world to whir into emergency action as they notify ‘everyone’ of the ‘correction’. Hang on in there being nice while they engage in open and shut cases of assholery just so you can prove that you’re the bigger person?
No announcement will go out, no billboards, no nothing. Just like I know that I hadn’t moved away to another country and that while I had my own issues, I was certainly not to blame for the entire failure of the relationship, hence I couldn’t take the end of the relationship as a rejection of me, you are more than capable of figuring out what’s what and telling yourself the truth.