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Evolutionary Perspectives on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection

Mark R. Leary and Catherine A. Cottrell

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Exclusion

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780195398700
Published online April 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398700.013.0002

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Evolutionary Perspectives on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection

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Establishing and maintaining relationships with other people was among the most crucial tasks faced by our evolutionary ancestors. As a result, human beings possess adaptations not only to seek acceptance by other people and to respond adaptively to threats of social rejection but, ironically, to avoid and reject individuals who are judged to be poor relational partners and group members. This chapter examines the interplay of these opposing inclinations, the evolved adaptations that may underlie them, and implications of an evolutionary perspective for understanding emotional and behavioral reactions to interpersonal rejection.

Keywords: evolutionary psychology; hurt feelings; interpersonal rejection; need to belong; self-presentation

Article.  7881 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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