“It’s like the whole field missed this centrally important part of human life,” says Mark Leary, Ph D, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.
That’s changed over the last decade and a half, as a growing number of researchers have turned their eyes toward this uncomfortable fact of life.
Anyone who lived through high school gym class knows the anxiety of being picked last for the dodgeball team.
The same hurt feelings bubble up when you are excluded from lunch with co-workers, fail to land the job you interviewed for or are dumped by a romantic partner. Yet for many years, few psychologists tuned into the importance of rejection.
They were on the bank of a stream of some width, and apparently a deep and rapid one.Rejection also has serious implications for an individual’s psychological state and for society in general.Social rejection can influence emotion, cognition and even physical health.With today’s modern conveniences, a person can physically survive a solitary existence. Thanks to millions of years of natural selection, being rejected is still painful. Naomi Eisenberger, Ph D, at the University of California, Los Angeles, Kipling Williams, Ph D, at Purdue University, and colleagues found that social rejection activates many of the same brain regions involved in physical pain (, 2003).To study rejection inside an f MRI scanner, the researchers used a technique called Cyberball, which Williams designed following his own experience of being suddenly excluded by two Frisbee players at the park.Go to the next level in your life by focusing on your health and career and let the program bring new men to your life every month.