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Interpersonal Rejection

Mark R. Leary


Interpersonal rejection ranks among the most potent and distressing events that people experience. Romantic refusal, ostracism, betrayal, stigmatization, job termination, and other kinds of denial have the power to compromise the quality of people's lives. As a result, individuals are highly motivated to avoid social rejection, and, indeed, much of human behavior appears to be designed to prevent such experiences. With the widespread effects of real, anticipated, and even imagined refutations, psychologists have devoted their efforts on dissecting this topic under different psychological subsp ... More

Keywords: interpersonal rejection, psychology, behavior, emotion, personality moderators

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195130157
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark R. Leary, editor
Wake Forest University

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Part 1 Varieties of Interpersonal Rejection

2 Ostracism

Kipling D. Williams, and Lisa Zadro

3 Two Sides of Romantic Rejection

Roy F. Baumeister, and Dawn Dhavale

5 Peer Rejection in Everyday Life

Steven R. Asher, Amanda J. Rose, and Sonda W. Gabriel

Part 2 Dealing with Rejection

6 Emotional Responses to Interpersonal Rejection

Mark R. Leary, Erika J. Koch, and Nancy R. Hechenbleikner

7 Coping with Rejection

Kristin Sommer

9 The Consequences of Childhood Peer Rejection

Patricia Mcdougall, Shelley Hymel, Tracy Vaillancourt, and Mercer Louise

Part 3 Individual Differences