Interpersonal rejection as a determinant of anger and aggression.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

This article reviews the literature on the relationship between interpersonal rejection and aggression. Four bodies of research are summarized: laboratory experiments that manipulate rejection, rejection among adults in everyday life, rejection in childhood, and individual differences that may moderate the relationship. The theoretical mechanisms behind the effect are then explored. Possible explanations for why rejection leads to anger and aggression include: rejection as a source of pain, rejection as a source of frustration, rejection as a threat to self-esteem, mood improvement following aggression, aggression as social influence, aggression as a means of reestablishing control, retribution, disinhibition, and loss of self-control.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Leary, MR; Twenge, JM; Quinlivan, E

Published Date

  • January 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 111 - 132

PubMed ID

  • 16768650

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-7957

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1088-8683

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1207/s15327957pspr1002_2


  • eng