Why Does Getting Rejected by Strangers Matter?

When unhappiness is based on expected future rejections.

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The science behind why rejection feels bad, even from people we barely know

When unhappiness is based on expected future rejections.

Source: LoloStock on ShutterstockIn one of our procedures, we recruited half a dozen participants who didn’t know each other, had them chat for a while to get acquainted, and then we asked them to list the two people they’d most like to pair off with for the next task.

behavioral changesself-esteemThe answer, or at least a big part of it, emerged recently from Hallgeir Sjåstad and colleagues (2021). (I was involved, but the idea was entirely Sjåstad’s.) True, there is nothing at stake and no practical consequences from being rejected. But people’s reactions to the present often invoke feelings about the future.

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