Two Sides of Romantic Rejection

Roy F. Baumeister and Dawn Dhavale

in Interpersonal Rejection

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195130157
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847761 | DOI:
Two Sides of Romantic Rejection

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This chapter revolves around the kind of rejection accompanied by special feelings toward the person who initiated the refusal of an aspiring lover's proposal. Discussed here are the perception differences of the rejected and the rejector, as well as their corresponding implications. Unreciprocated feelings result in self-degradation, despair, and lack of enthusiasm to engage in future relationships. Maintenance of a certain level of friendship or acquaintance can be hindered by the awkward aftermaths of mismatched affections. Recognition of the fact that not all emotions are mutually rewarded all the time will enable people with heartbreaking experiences to move on. Additional tips to soothe the getting-over phase are as follows: understanding the reasons of unrequited love, diverting attention to other aspects (mainly the future), as well as appreciating time alone and the presence of families, friends, and others who care.

Keywords: romantic rejection; aspiring lover; unrequited love; refusal; special feelings

Chapter.  8000 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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