Emotional Responses to Interpersonal Rejection

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

in Interpersonal Rejection

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195130157
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847761 | DOI:
Emotional Responses to Interpersonal Rejection

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Rejection is classified as actual, expected, and perceived. It can be implicitly felt through behavioral patterns or can be directly brought into play by way of verbal communication and removal of membership from an organization. No matter what kind of observed low relational evaluation takes place, this scenario still leads to depression, sadness, jealousy, isolation, envy, guilt, embarrassment, and anxiety. Emotions associated with this circumstance vary in terms of cognitive judgments, previous experiences, and consequential acts. In contrast, people who accept high regard exhibit delightful reactions and acquire an increased level of confidence and competence. The effects of either social approval or elimination are regulated when feelings are used to attain survival, reproduction, and adaptation. Although this chapter illustrates two sides of relational evaluation, much attention should be given to the further examination of positive interpersonal undertakings and outcomes, as well as to the understanding of resolutions to the negative social scenarios.

Keywords: rejection; behavioral patterns; emotions; cognition; survival; reproduction; adaptation

Chapter.  9882 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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