Rejection and Aggression: Explaining the Paradox

C. Nathan DeWall and Jean M. Twenge

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Exclusion

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780195398700
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Rejection and Aggression: Explaining the Paradox

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How does social rejection influence aggression? The need to belong operates in a similar manner as other motivations. Hungry people work hard to get food. Out of work, people go out of their way to find employment. Social rejected do what they need to regain a sense of belonging. Yet rejected people often engage in behaviors that will result in further rejection, such as aggression. This chapter discusses a decade’s worth of experimental research on the relationship between social rejection and aggression, with an eye toward explaining why aggression occurs and how to prevent it.

Keywords: social exclusion; social rejection; ostracism; aggression; mass violence

Article.  5820 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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