Navigation Links
Those Who Feel Rejected Direct Hostility Toward Others

Social exclusion linked to aggression found in school shootings, other tragedies

FRIDAY, Jan. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Getting the cold shoulder can turn some people into hotheads.

A University of Kentucky study found that people who feel socially rejected are more likely to view other people's actions as hostile and also more likely to behave badly toward other people.

The researchers said their findings may help explain why social exclusion is often linked to aggression that, in some cases, is so extreme it can result in school shootings and other tragedies.

"Prior case studies show the majority of school shooters have experienced peer rejection. And while not everyone who feels rejected reacts violently, we found they tend to act out aggressively in other ways. We wanted to explain psychologically why this happens," study author C. Nathan DeWall said in an American Psychological Association news release.

The study included 190 college students who were given fake feedback about personality tests. In follow-up experiments, students who were told their personalities meant they would probably end up alone later in life tended to lash out at other people.

"Across all experiments, the participants who experienced some form of social rejection acted in similar ways. This suggests these people feel betrayed by others. In turn, they see otherwise neutral actions as hostile and behave badly towards others," DeWall said.

The study was published in the January issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

"Excluded people see the world through blood-colored glasses, and it is our hope that this research can lead to a better understanding of why rejection causes aggression and what we can do to prevent such unwanted and harmful behavior," DeWall said.

More information

The Nemours Foundation offers teens advice about dealing with anger.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Psychological Association, news release, Jan. 21, 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. The SCAN Foundation Funds New Program for Santa Clarita and South Los Angeles Seniors and Those Who Care for Them
2. Hearing Aids Offer Hope for Those Who Suffer from Persistent Ringing in the Ears, Better Hearing Institute Survey Finds
3. Standardized test battery to aid those with Down syndrome
4. Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Those With Advanced Parkinsons
5. To Protect Yourself, Wash Those Germs Away
6. Singapore is First in Asia to Use Limb-lengthening Technology for Those Wanting to be Taller
7. Gene Ups Risk for Those on Blood-Thinner Plavix
8. Simple model predicts those at risk for chronic kidney disease
9. Newborn Hospital Deaths Highest for Those Without Insurance
10. How to Change Someone You Love Seminar Offers Help to Those Who Feel Powerless in the Face of Addiction
11. Being Happy Affects Even Those You Dont Know
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Those Who Feel Rejected Direct Hostility Toward Others
(Date:11/29/2015)... ... 29, 2015 , ... Effective immediately, every single IguanaMed scrub style will be ... Target is offering a “Buy One Scrub Set, Get the 2nd Scrub Set 50% ... IguanaMed at a discounted price. , IguanaMed’s mission is to outfit every ...
(Date:11/28/2015)... ... November 28, 2015 , ... Safe storage for contraceptive devices may not ... from Lakewood, New Jersey and the other from Bradley Beach, New Jersey, there is ... the expense of having to replace NuvaRings more often than necessary. As such, it ...
(Date:11/28/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... November 28, 2015 , ... Pixel ... fully customizable media panels to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Users have full ... more. With the ProPanel: Pulse masking effects, users are sure to get heads to ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... study carried out by the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia ... of hospitalizations for head injuries. The article explains that part of the reason for ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... A team of Swiss doctors has released a report on mesothelioma relapse ... the findings on the website. Click here to read the details now. ... who were treated with chemotherapy followed by EPP surgery. Among the 106 patients who ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015  The American Academy of Pediatrics ... and the March of Dimes cheered today,s signature ... Infants Act of 2015 (S.799), which takes ... born exposed to drugs, such as opioids, and ... all three organizations have worked together leading advocacy ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015 On Tuesday, November 24, ... trial against Wright Medical Technology, Inc. for product ... metal-on-metal hip implant device, awarded $11 million in ... week trial and three days of deliberations, the ... was defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous, and that ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... TEL AVIV, Israel , November 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... Ltd. (NASDAQ: KTOV ) (TASE: KTOV), a biopharmaceutical ... the simultaneous treatment of various clinical conditions, today announced ... of 3,158,900 American Depository Shares ( ADSs ), each ... to purchase up to 3,158,900 ADSs. The ADSs and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: