Implications of rejection sensitivity for intimate relationships.

@article{Downey1996ImplicationsOR,
  title={Implications of rejection sensitivity for intimate relationships.},
  author={G. Downey and S. Feldman},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1996},
  volume={70 6},
  pages={
          1327-43
        }
}
  • G. Downey, S. Feldman
  • Published 1996
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
People who are sensitive to social rejection tend to anxiously expect, readily perceive, and overreact to it. This article shows that this cognitive-affective processing disposition undermines intimate relationships. Study 1 describes a measure that operationalizes the anxious-expectations component of rejection sensitivity. Study 2 provides experimental evidence that people who anxiously expect rejection readily perceive intentional rejection in the ambiguous behavior of others. Study 3 shows… Expand
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