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Interpersonal Rejection
     

Interpersonal Rejection

by Mark R. Leary (Editor)
 

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Interpersonal rejection ranks among the most potent and distressing events that people experience. Romantic rejection, ostracism, stigmatization, job termination, and other kinds of rejections have the power to compromise the quality of people's lives. As a result, people are highly motivated to avoid social rejection, and, indeed, much of human behavior appears to be

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Interpersonal rejection ranks among the most potent and distressing events that people experience. Romantic rejection, ostracism, stigmatization, job termination, and other kinds of rejections have the power to compromise the quality of people's lives. As a result, people are highly motivated to avoid social rejection, and, indeed, much of human behavior appears to be desinged to avoid such experiences. Yet, despite the widespread effects of real, anticipated, and even imagined rejections, psychologists have devoted only passing attention to the topic, and the research on rejection has been scattered throughout a number of psychological subspecialties (e.g., social, clinical, developmental, personality). In the past few years, however, we have seen a surge of interest in the effects of interpersonal rejection on behavior and emotion. The goal of this book is to pull together contributions of several writers whose work is on the cutting edge of rejection research, providing a readable overview of recent advances in the area. In doing so, it not only provides a look at the current state of the area but helps to establish the topic of rejection as an identifiable area for future research. Topics covered in the book include: ostracism, unrequited love, betrayal, stigmatization, rejection sensitivity, rejection and self-esteem, peer rejection in childhood, emotional responses to rejection, and personality moderators of reactions to rejection.

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"What is new here is bringing together in one volume the combined perspectives of social psychologists, developomental psychologists, and personality psychologists in a concerted effort to understand the impact of interpersonal rejection in its different froms on its targets.... Leary and his contributors provide a remarkably impressive picture of contemprorary psychological research on interpersonal rejection."—Contemporary Psychology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195130157
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Mark R. Leary is Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University.

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