Toward a Conceptualization of Interpersonal Rejection

Mark R. Leary

in Interpersonal Rejection

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195130157
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847761 | DOI:
Toward a Conceptualization of Interpersonal Rejection

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Non-acceptance can be perceived as inadequate relationship value towards an individual. By nature, human beings try to find a sense of belongingness and fear any form of denunciation. This chapter recognizes the fact that not everyone is expected to like and to be liked by everyone else, but even with minimal amount, acceptance is sought for. Inevitably, there will be instances where refusal of one's proposal, elimination from a group, negative response to outputs, etc. takes place. These events are then categorized in a continuum that marks the level of inclusion and its corresponding behavioral patterns. When the value of an individual is seen to be on the positive leaning of the spectrum, that person is said to be highly valued; when placed on the opposite direction, that person encounters banishment and discrimination. In the course of relational valuation, the word rejection occupies a black-and-white feature that makes it hard to capture.

Keywords: non-acceptance; relationship value; human beings; belongingness; behavioral patterns; relational valuation

Chapter.  8181 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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