Chapter

Coping with Rejection

Kristin Sommer

in Interpersonal Rejection

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195130157
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130157.003.0007
Coping with Rejection

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Relational devaluation may mean that a person is not anymore fitted with the qualities sought after to maintain and develop a relationship. Considering the assumption that rejection intimidates an individual's regard to one's self, this section tackles techniques on protecting the ego from these threats, whether actual or potential. The author describes two main categories of coping mechanisms—self-enhancement and self-protection—that are based on an individual's cognition and behavior. Both strategies, when repeatedly employed, will come out unconsciously. The first classification operates on people with high self-esteem and is comprised of establishing strong principles, reinforcing current affiliations, and improving strengths. Despite the constructive influences of ego defenses, these may bring about maladaptive responses (especially to people who attribute low value to their lives) such as chronic regard to the self, which suggests manipulation and even betrayal of others in order to succeed. The second taxonomy functions on people with low self-worth and consists of derogating peers and pulling out endeavors that might identify weaknesses.

Keywords: relational devaluation; coping mechanisms; self-confidence; cognition; behavior; ego defenses

Chapter.  9516 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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