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Coping with Rejection

Title: Coping with Rejection: Does Rejection Affect the Motivation to Seek Power?.
Name(s): Satkunas, Ashley, author
Department of Psychology
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2012
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Social exclusion can threaten a person's need to belong, need for control, and need to feel that one's life has meaning. The current research investigated how rejected people reintegrate themselves into new social groups. In this experiment, rejected (and non-rejected control) participants were given the opportunity to join an ostensibly new experiment in which they would complete a group activity with two other participants. I then measured their motivation to attain a powerful or subordinate position within the group. While pursuing a position of power in a new group may allow rejected people to restore control and meaning, subordinate positions in a new group may be better suited to restore belonging. The results were consistent with the latter possibility. That is, rejected participants preferred a subordinate position more than non-rejected participants, especially if the subordinate position allowed a high level of involvement in the group activity. These results suggest that rejected people interacting with a new group prefer roles in which they can contribute to the group goal without taking responsibility for group outcomes.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0142 (IID)
Keywords: rejection, power, motivation
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: November 14, 2012.
Subject(s): Psychology
Social sciences
Social psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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