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If I Can't Feel Your Pain, Then I Inflict Pain on You

Title: If I Can't Feel Your Pain, Then I Inflict Pain on You: Emotional Insensitivity as a Mechanism Underlying Aggressive Responses to Rejection.
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Name(s): Dewall, C. Nathan, author
Baumeister, Roy F., professor directing dissertation
Turner, R. Jay, outside committee member
Maner, Jon K., committee member
Tice, Dianne M., committee member
Joiner, Thomas, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The current investigation sought to investigate whether emotional insensitivity (as opposed to emotional distress) mediates the relationship between social exclusion and aggressive behavior. Results from Experiments 1 and 2 showed that social exclusion caused decrements in emotional responsiveness, as indicated by reduced empathic concern toward another person's suffering. In both experiments, the reduction in emotional responsiveness mediated the link between social exclusion and aggressive behavior. Experiment 3 provided no evidence that the lack of emotional responsiveness toward one person following social exclusion had implications for aggression toward another person. These findings extend prior evidence that rejection causes the emotion system to cease functioning normally as a means of protecting the rejected person from a negative emotional experience. Being buffered from a negative emotional reaction can have negative consequences, however, in terms of weakening inhibitions that normally reduce aggression. Without a functioning emotion system, rejected participants were unable to feel empathic concern toward the victim of aggression and hence behaved aggressively.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0077 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2007.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: June 19, 2007.
Keywords: Social Exclusion, Belonging, Aggression, Empathy, Rejection
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Roy F. Baumeister, Professor Directing Dissertation; R. Jay Turner, Outside Committee Member; Jon K. Maner, Committee Member; Dianne M. Tice, Committee Member; Thomas Joiner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0077
Owner Institution: FSU

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Dewall, C. N. (2007). If I Can't Feel Your Pain, Then I Inflict Pain on You: Emotional Insensitivity as a Mechanism Underlying Aggressive Responses to Rejection. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0077