Being "in" with the in-crowd: the effects of social exclusion and inclusion are enhanced by the perceived essentialism of ingroups and outgroups.

@article{Bernstein2010BeingW,
  title={Being "in" with the in-crowd: the effects of social exclusion and inclusion are enhanced by the perceived essentialism of ingroups and outgroups.},
  author={Michael J. Bernstein and Donald F. Sacco and Steven G. Young and Kurt Hugenberg and Eric Cook},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2010},
  volume={36 8},
  pages={999-1009}
}
Social belonging is an essential human need. Belonging to social groups serves an important role in shaping our social identities. Nonetheless, research indicates that exclusion by ingroup and outgroup members seems equally aversive. The current studies test the hypothesis that unlike more trivial groups (e.g., smoking or computer preferences), highly essentialized groups may lead to differential effects of ingroup versus outgroup rejection. Consistent with this, exclusion and inclusion by… CONTINUE READING