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Rejection Sensitivity

  • By: Lauren J. Aguilar & Geraldine Downey
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Because rejection is painful, it can sensitize people to expect and be concerned about its recurrence. Geraldine Downey and colleagues have studied how people become sensitized to expect and fear rejection and how this sensitization shapes their relationships and well-being. Rejection ...

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